This little lady was my first lamp makeover! I found her in the basement where she had been covered in a light layer of dust and spider web. The lamp had originally belonged to my grandmother and looked quite good in her day. Some of the hardware was missing, but I just the loved the shape and style. The etched glass was in good condition, and both light sockets worked perfectly.

Grandmother Lamp

Grandmother Lamp

After a quick breakdown and a thorough cleaning, I spray painted the base white. Don’t forget to wear a mask and work in a well ventilated area when spray painting! Nothing worse than choking on a mouthful of glossy white Rustoleum.

Grandmother lamp before

Grandmother lamp before

I reattached the glass with the new hardware, which I kept in its original brass color. Ta da! Not bad for my first attempt.

Ahh, the wonders of elbow grease and glossy spray paint.

Ahh, the wonders of elbow grease and glossy spray paint.

It took me a while of browsing, but I eventually found a lamp shade large enough to accommodate this little lady. The cream color was totally off so I used a small sponge roller to paint on a dark grayish blue.

Dingy drum shade in need of a sprucing up

Dingy drum shade in need of a sprucing up

I love the way the light reflects and refracts when the bottom bulbs are on. Just gorgey! It found a new home on a table in the foyer.

All lit up!

All lit up!

Happy crafting! -Olivia

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