A Bright Idea: An old lamp gets a new look
I’ve been on the prowl for a desk lamp and came across just the thing at a recent estate sale. Estate sales, auctions, and flea markets are great places to find vintage treasures. I go with an eye on buying merchandise for my Etsy shop but more often than not end up with goodies for my house.
This vintage metal lamp was dirty and neglected, sitting forlornly on an old sewing table in the basement at the sale. I loved the retro look and knew it would look fine once I cleaned it up and hit it with some spray paint. With a quick plug test to make sure it was operational, I forked over a few bucks and headed for the door.
Home Depot was my next stop–I was contemplating paint colors the whole ride over–wavering between cherry red, orange, or some shade of blue. All the furniture in my office is white–a pop of color was in order.
The first plan was to just paint the whole thing one solid color–easy and quick. Then I started thinking about a contrasting base and shade…or maybe a white arm with painted shade and base.
In the end, I went with two colors and couldn’t be happier–it reminds me of summertime and popsicles. Spray paint and a bit of elbow grease makes all the difference!
Looking for a flea market, auction, or estate sale in your neck of the woods? Check out some links to my favorite sites:
- Estate Sales (estatesales.net)
- Auctions (auctionzip.com)
- Flea Markets (this slide show on flea markets is from Food & Wine magazine)