Monday, February 1, 2010

Budget decor: Parisian inspired lamp

Yes, blogosphere, I have been neglectful and I'm sorry. The thing is, I've been working very hard helping Mr. Peanutbutter with the upcoming open-house for his gallery/venue space The Bleu Monkey. Lots to do before this weekend (let's just say it needs a woman's touch).

We're working within a very tight budget, and I've been decorating the place with transformed alley finds and thrift-store buys. Today I finished this great table lamp that I thought I'd share with you.

Mr. Peanutbutter had found this very cool, but rusty old lamp. I didn't get a photo before I painted it, but here it is after a couple coats of black satin spray paint.
I bought a very simple white lampshade at a local decorator discount store, which I taped off with painter's tape and then spray painted gold.
I spaced each stripe with another strip of tape to make my stripes even. The lampshade that I used was a little bigger at the bottom than it was at the top, so I had to add a little more space at the bottom of each stripe. After I was done, I 'eyeballed' the whole thing and moved the stripes a little to make it all straight and even.

Next, was the spray paint. I just used plain old gold metallic spray paint and it worked just fine.


This project has been listed on these fabulous blogs:

The Shabby Chic Cottage
Between naps on the porch
Beyond the Picket Fence


  1. Very very cute!! I love what a good can of spray paint can do.

  2. Ohhh, that came out great...♥ it!

  3. I couldn't picture the result you were going for - it's adorable. I'd like to see it in the spot you made it for.

  4. Just darling :) very nice redo!

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  5. If I can remember to take pics of the open house, I'll be sure to post them!

  6. Very cute and the shade is so fabulous! thanks for linking up. Would love to have you join me again this week.

  7. This is very nicely done. Thanks for sharing

  8. I love the shade. Was it hard to get the tape evenly spaced around? It turned out beautifully.

    I'm hosting a link party and I'd love to have you come over and link this up!

  9. The lamp is gorgeous! What a great transformation. Way to go.

  10. I love the stripes on the shade, what a neat idea.

  11. i love anything stripe! great job. mishelle

  12. I really love the striped shade!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day! I look forward to seeing more of your great ideas!