So, I have been a bit obsessed with decorating lately. I blame spending the past 10 months working on my masters, and spending every spare minute working on schoolwork (one hour a week my tush... when they presented the program that is what they said)- more about that later). Only 10 more months to go
Anyway, I was surfing a local craigslist-copy cat site and saw someone offering a set of lamps with the shades for $10. I thought she meant each, and asked her if she would take less. She emailed me back that she would take $7 for the pair. Score! When I got them, I was a bit taken aback, because the gold was a lot more shiny in person, and the shades had seen better days. I put them beside the bed, and waited (figured I would strip the shade & recover). A few days later, I saw a girl had the CUTEST shades that matched my bed set for $10. That was a bit more than I usually spend, so I asked her if we could work out a deal. By the time all was said and done, I got both of them, and a plant rack for $8!
Took the shades, swapped them out, and gave the lamps a shot of copper spray paint.
What the lamps originally looked like:
Original gold lamp with new shade:
Lamp turned on at night beside bed:
Here is what they look like beside my bed. The basket holds all my school books & was .99 at Goodwill, as was the iron basket. I found the smaller one (that I am using as a candle holder) at a Goodwill clearance center in "the big city" (where like I posted below, they charge by the pound. This added a bit of weight). Everything is sitting on one of the end tables I scored for $20 off of the same site. I filled in the 80's wood carvings and painted it a chocolate brown. The paint is still a bit tacky though. Everything I paint turns out that way (with real paint- spray paint is fine). Anyone know why?
So, I figure I spent about $15 for both lamps. More than I wanted to spend originally, but I love them!