Back in July/August I came across a lamp at Goodwill. I loved the curves, loathed the brass. After a quick test to make sure it worked in the store, I bought it for $4. I knew it had a future somewhere in our home, but I wasn't sure where.
So I stuck it in the attic in my project box, hoping to use it someday. September gave us a +pregnancy test and the excitement of getting to work on a nursery again. But we didn't find out what we were having until December- so the lamp sat.
Of course I did my fair share of Pinning in the meantime and came across some "to die for" lamps. Here was some inspiration:
I've said it before and I'll say it again- Rust-Oleum's spray paint is the best stuff ever. The selection of Krylon colors in our local stores are SUPER tempting, but Rust-Oleum's coverage can't be beat. And with a little extra work (and a few more dollars) you can find just as many beautiful R-O colors.
I keep a "cheat sheet" of R-O's colors in my home binder. I picked up the pamphlet at our local Home Depot- they only carry 5-6 colors but R-O makes 55-60 colors. I have used the pamphlet twice to color match whatever accent color I'm trying to pull in the room and then I order the paint from Amazon. Amazon's prices are comparable to buying it in the store.
I used the Key Lime for our baskets over our laundry room cabinets. This time I ordered the Gloss Candy Pink. Once again it did NOT disappoint!
Next with the hem centered on the back of the tube, I ran a "basting" stitch (or gathering stitch) down the middle of the tube. This way there were no rough edges and my original hem was hidden on the back. This is a picture of the back- if you look closely you can see 2 lines (the hem and the basting).
Oh and for a price breakdown:
Spray paint (which I used maybe 1/3 of the bottle): $9
Thread/hot glue: already owned
Time spent: around 3 hours (1 hour one night, and 2 hours the next afternoon)
As a comparison- a quick google search brought up this shade from Pottery Barn:
The shade alone is $49!
And here's a bubble lamp for $59: