A few weeks ago, I found this hideous lamp at HomeGoods. I should say it was hideous to me, but maybe others would have seen its beauty and been able to embrace it in its original state. I didn't buy it right away, but after thinking about it for a few hours, I made my husband wait in the car while I ran in and got it because I was sure that someone else would see its potential and snag it if I didn't. He took one look at the lamp, and said "Yeah, I'm sure people were waiting in line to purchase that pile". Thanks.
Kind of a gross, pinecone-looking base, with an even worse application of several shades of gold and bronze paint. The texture made it even worse, but I loved the burlap shade. Yep, this thing had potential.
A close up of the cob-web texture, but I thought this could be an easy and inexpensive fix, and have a sort of 'paper-mache' look in the end. A few (probably 5 or so) coats of white spray paint later, and this is what I ended up with:
Yay! So much better, and now its a "unique" piece. I think the white base elevates the burlap shade and makes each element stand out.
Now the texture looks intentional, instead of a bad "crafty" spray-on paint job.
The best part is that the lamp will light up the corner of our newly renovated (almost done.....) sunroom! Its the perfect piece for out here, and I can't wait to post more photos--before and afters--of how we transformed this space on a serious dime. Coming soon!