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I have a tendency to stash future furniture projects. Sometimes I wait for inspiration to strike and then other times I know exactly what I’m going to do with something the minute I get it home.
This swing arm lamp has officially sat in our bedroom, unfinished I might add, for over a year. Yep.
When I told you that our master bedroom was home to about 6 unfinished projects, I really wasn’t kidding… Please tell me I’m not the only one with a room like that!
It was time to scratch one of those items off the list…
When I found the swing arm lamp, I knew that it could be a total beauty.
I was right.
But, here’s the thing… it started out as combination of brass and silver…
Then I sprayed it white….
And it sat like that (in our bedroom) for a solid year. True Story.
I’m thinking that for some odd reason the white paint stopped the makeover process.
A year later and after a few coats of oil rubbed bronze spray paint, I have an entirely different lamp. Plus, to give it a true & total makeover, I splurged on a new lamp shade from Target.
I love it!
Now for the big question… Why did I wait so long to finish it?
It took about 10 minutes to transform…
And the really funny thing is, that it could have looked this good for a year now!
But, on a different note, I’m pretty sure that it was made to go with my wicker rocking chair and side stool. They complete each other!
*HAVE A VERY HAPPY & SAFE 4TH OF JULY!!*
Looks great in oil rubbed bronze and I love that shade. I bought the same one to put on our living room lamps.
THANK YOU so much, Cheryl! I love the shade too! Great minds think alike, huh? 🙂
Yes Shayna, great minds do think alike. : )
Wanted to also say I love your new pic on the side bar. You look totally different…but in a good way.
Awe- THANK YOU so very much, Cheryl! I’m so happy that you like the new picture… the other one was old! 🙂
Simple, easy and looks great!!!
THANK YOU very much, Meg! 🙂
I can’t believe that lamp started out as bronze and silver! It looks like something out of a Pottery Barn magazine, now – especially with that great lamp shade. Awesome mini makeover 🙂
THANK YOU so very much, Amanda! I think it looks so much better too! The perfect mini makeover! 🙂
Before I could write my answer to your question”why”, you answered what I was thinking…the rocker inspired the lamp…love it! Simple chic and effortless I tell ya! Nicely done, Shayna:) Now, if only I could do that…lol;)
THANK YOU so very much, M! You’re right— the rocker finally gave me the inspiration I needed to finish it! 🙂
I have a shiny brass floor lamp that was horribly expensive when it was bought. Can you spray paint over lacquered brass do you think?
I love your reading nook – it’s perfect!!
THANK YOU so much, Anne! Yes, you can spray paint over lacquered brass. You could either rub it down with a bit of sandpaper to remove the sheen, or use spray paint primer before the actual spray paint. Light coats would probably be best too. 🙂
I hope that helps!
They DO compliment each other well! And to be fair, there were a whole lot a holidays between now and a year ago. You totally have justification to set a project aside! Love it 😉
THANK YOU so much, Corinna! You totally just made me smile… there were a lot of holidays! 🙂
it’s beautiful Shayna! I can’t believe how this lamped looked first and now it looks well with your beautiful chair! 🙂 great makeover! 🙂
Hope you had a beautiful 4th yesterday and wish you a beautiful weekend too! 🙂
THANK YOU, Ingrid! It looks much, much better now! 🙂
I hope you had a great 4th too!
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This is gorgeous! I would so overlook something like this in my ‘items to restore’ searches….but will definitely keep an eye out for this type of thing in future. I love your stuff!
THANK YOU so much, Alice! 🙂
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I have way more than 6 projects stashed in my bedroom waiting to be finished and I also have a gold swing arm lamp that I have been contemplating painting. You have now sold me. I am definitely going with a dark finish.
Hi PJ! I’m so glad I’m not the only one with unfinished projects in my bedroom! Good luck with you swing arm lamp- it will look fabulous! 🙂
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I love your home! I just found your post about spray painting your swing arm lamp and am wondering how you protected the swinging joints. I have been worried about clogging them with paint so have been afraid to do this with my bedside lamps. Thanks.
Hi Vel! 🙂 Thanks so much! I don’t remember doing anything too specific when I paint the lamp. I sprayed the swinging joints the same as the rest of lamp. I haven’t had any issue swinging the lamp. Just be sure not to spray that area with heavy coats… more light, even coats. I hope that helps! 🙂
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