February 24, 2012

Metal lamps.

I told you yesterday about how I might be a tad obsessed with thrift store lamps. More accurately, lamps in general. I constantly drift toward the lamp aisle at Target, when I need another lamp like I need another Cadbury Egg. And don't even get me started on the lamps on the endcap clearance! It's hard to resist, but most of the time, I do!

Although, I am so glad I didn't resist yesterday when I spotted these at Goodwill for $8 each. I'm pretty sure something similar to these was in every suburban home back in 1992. They say everything makes it way back...and these things most definitely have (just with a little tweaking!)  
 As soon as I saw these guys, I knew that I wanted to use a little hammered metal spray paint...
...and after a three coats of the stuff I had exactly what I envisioned!!
 I love the light that lamps reflect in the dark...it totally relaxes me!
 So have you forgotten what they looked like before?? Here's another reminder...
Not bad for a few minutes worth of work!

I'm just thrilled because these lamps look so much better than my crazy teddy bear lamps did in the exact same spot. Let's take a look...

With the teddy bears...
And with the bulbs...

The glass bases of the teddy bear lamps blended in too much (imagine that...being glass and all!) and especially after looking at the pictures, I think they were too small in scale.

These guys, on the other hand, have a definite presence and really balance out the sofa! Thank you, Goodwill, for another fun find!

Until next time...


  1. Love them. They look amazing and the finish is just perfect, so are the shades. Hugs, Marty

  2. Great transformation. I would have passed right by them, not realizing their full potential...shame on me. You have a great eye!

    1. Thanks, Heather! I'm pretty sure I view everything through spraypainted glasses :-)

  3. Wow!! They look fantastic! Great job! -Sarah

  4. I think I bought those exact same lamps at the Goodwill as well. I may need to go to the spray paint store.

  5. Love these, Rachel! I need to embrace spray paint like you do :)

  6. Those lamps look amazing! I have a clear glass lamp from Target that I am dying to paint. I may just get off my behind and do it now. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I am following through Linky Followers. Hope you will visit and follow back. Thanks!

  7. Found you at Nutmeg Place and just love the lamps, I'm like you I always look at the lamps in ANY store! I'm now following on LF and GFC, love the suitcase endtables too!
    Hope you can stop by soon!


  8. I love the lamps! Your living room is so nice. I loove the suitcase end tables!! Stopping by and following via the Linky Followers Blog Hop at Its So Very Cheri!!! Be great to have you follow back. Have a great day!! :)

  9. LOVE spray paint, they turned out great! Visiting and following from the Linky hop!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  10. These turned out amazing! I wish I had the vision like you do.

    Thanks so much for sharing on Show Off Saturday!!

  11. These look incredible! I'm jealous-my house isn't nearly well lit enough to combat the dreary Seattle weather. I'm going to have to start copying your lamp designs for my own house! Love it! Following you via Linky now~I'd love it if you dropped by my blog and joined me too!


  12. Oooo they look so good! Makes me want to snoop around my local charity shop to see what I can find. I have black spray paint that needs using lol fab blog!

    GG x

  13. Spray paint is awesome, isn't it? It can really fix anything. Your lamps look great! I wouldn't have guessed that they were a thrift find. Thanks for stopping by Paint Speckled Pawprints the other day. I'm your newest follower!

  14. Your faux metal lamps turned out great! Found you via the Linky hop and have become your newest Linky follower. Hope you have a chance to visit and perhaps follow me back.