Scoring a pair of glam lamps

by Jessie K on August 29, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI know it’s probably a terrible idea to start shopping for decorative objects for my new house before I’ve even found said house, but when I saw these big, glam 60s lamps at the local Habitat for Humanity, I couldn’t resist. $21 for the pair!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStatement table lamps are weirdly expensive and don’t even get me started on the cost of the shades so I thought these were a nice, low cost alternative.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe metal bases are a bit beat up but nothing a little polish and elbow grease can’t cure.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut I’m torn about what to do with the shades. Both are yellowed and dingy and need to be reworked or replaced. I thought  black shades could look amazing against the shiny gold (check out Jenny’s inspiring DIY black spray paint job here) but black shades cast a somber, almost moody glow, which is fine if that’s the look you’re going for, but I’m not sure that’s what I want for my next house (though it’s admittedly way too soon to tell!!! Should probably get the house first!!).  For a more cheerful look, I thought Tiffany blue shades might look amazing against the gold, or maybe even a bright, bright white.

A friend suggested covering the shades in fabric, but I’m not sure what I think of that look. It always comes across to me as too cutesy and overworked. The height and shiny hardware of these lamps is statement enough; complementary fabric would have to be really subtle and demure.

What about you? Do you have any experience restyling old lamps? Have you ever painted an old shade? Or covered it in fabric? Would love some suggestions!


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