1/20/10

Let There Be Light!

These dark winter evenings will get me down no longer! I've seen people repaint old lamps before but never had the motivation to do it myself until last week. I found an old brass lamp base at Victory Vintage (where I found the $1 Diana) and made sure the wiring worked before I brought it home with me. I lightly sanded it, gave it three light coats of Krylon spray paint in Sea Foam, fitted it with an energy efficient bulb, and picked up a new lamp shade at Target after searching in vain for the right shape and size at thrift stores.

It's nestled on a vintage school desk that I had in my studio and shares some space with my blue Thermos collection (small but matching!) and one of my favorite vintage suitcases. This is probably the last time the desk space will be clean as I'm sure our camera cord, laptop, and Sebastian's travel DVD player will find themselves competing for space.

Thanks for stopping by and for all of your votes from the last post! I have the best readers!

And for the winner of Sponsor Giveaway #1 ......

"I'm loving yellow, grey and turquoise. All bright colors with a natural one is lovely <3!"
-Erica

Erica, send me your mailing address and I'll pass your info along so you can get your prize soon!

xoxo,

Rachel

24 comments:

Robin said...

congrats!

AlliT said...

Love, love, love the lamp and the thermos collection... So pretty!!!

xoxoKrysten said...

Oh my gosh love that lamp!

AJ said...

Cute! We did something similar with a pair of...interesting...lamps we got as a wedding present. They're now all white with white lampshades from Target :)
Love the color you chose!

Erica said...

Wow! my 1st ever blog win! =) Thanks Rachel & Revlie!

killerxkim said...

this is a wonderful combination.
i desperately need a light in my room- i always forget about painting.
genius.
genius.
kxo

Meg said...

Love the color of that lamp

Erin said...

that lamp is almost identical to one I painted. I did mine yellow, but I am loving your aqua version!

Sweet Escape said...

can i say how rad this lamp is!!!,,,i love that you totally made it your own..i'm usually afraid to try stuff like this!!!,,,but awesome job,,i love how it turned out!!

Sweet Escape said...

can i say how rad this lamp is!!!,,,i love that you totally made it your own..i'm usually afraid to try stuff like this!!!,,,but awesome job,,i love how it turned out!!

Sophie said...

That is so matching, I mean the lamp and all it's ...
Thanks for sharing .
Hugs,

mle jean said...

that set up looks great!!

Mandi said...

I am totally digging that color! Love the lamp - but I probably would have hated it had I seen it before you painted. I'm trying to get better at seeing the potential in things like this rather than only seeing what "seems to be" ;)

Toni Brockliss said...

I love your lamp and your desk and all your things! So pretty.
The colour of the lamp is beautiful.
x

karyn said...

Great thermos collection in turquoise. And your lamp looks fantastic!

The Hausfrau said...

What a cool idea for a vintage school desk!

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

Love the lamp! I have 4 brass ones I scored at Catholic Charities in my basement waiting for some spray paint love!

bsmithhill said...

The lamp is awesome--love the color!

Leigh-Ann said...

This little corner looks amazing! :) I love it Rach :)

Karen said...

Wow, I'm inspired. So cute.

Curlywiggles said...

Love what you've done with the lamp, you are such a genius!

hellosweetworld said...

I love this set-up. So creative. And lovely!

Faith said...

SUCH a lovely lamp! I have a brass lamp similar to that - hmmmm...

Slinkard Family said...

This particular DIY post really inspired me. See my version at http://www.flickr.com/photos/familyslinkard/4356345335/, if you'd like! Thanks for all the inspiration!