I purchased a fabulous pair of shiny silver Lucite lamps a couple of years ago. We had just bought our house and I thought I wanted to decorate in a 'modern' style.
We all make mistakes.
I soon realized Mr. Lamp (and the missus) looked funny with all of the stone, iron, and wood in our house. Oil rubbed bronze and gold were a more natural fit, and over the course of the past 2 years, the house has slowly veered from Silver Street to Gold Avenue.
Here are the silver lamps after I moved them in the bedroom (they started out in the living room and kept moving farther away from 'the area where people see stuff'). With a couple gold mirrors, gold nail head trim on the headboard, and a gold chandelier (none of which you can see in this picture...FAIL.)...something had to give. (Yes, I am pretending like this lamp situation is the equivalent of world hunger....just roll with it.)
Insert problem here. What to do with my uber-modern SILVER lucite lamps? I came upon a solution when I found this gold lucite lamp at Target in the clearance aisle back in January.
(Solution appears in cloud over my head.) Spray paint the other ones!!
So I matched some spray paint to my already-gold lamp.
I found that Rustoleum 'Champagne Mist' was close enough.
So then I spent the next 1,400 hours taping up the lucite parts of the lamps with painter's tape. 1,400 hours, folks. That is how long this task took. I probably could have unscrewed all the parts and had an easier go at it, but on this certain day I opted for the blue stuff. Next time, I will learn to disassemble a lamp.
*Sidenote: My husband came in the office right as I had this picture on the computer screen and said 'Oh NO. Did you paint our lamps blue?'. Hehehehe. Although he seemed a bit perturbed, he did not seem all that surprised at the possible blue lamps. FACT.
Moving on...so, after I peeled off the tape, I had 2 awesome gold lucite lamps that PERFECTLY matched my already-gold one. Sidenote Round Two: Jesse said 'Did you paint this one too? (Referring to the store-bought-gold-lamp that he apparently never noticed was gold.). You can't get much past this man. (Sarcasm.)
Here are the results. Enjoy
OK. That's not fair. How dare I pull back the curtain when Mr. Lamp doesn't even have his good shoes and hat on? Shame on me.
and while we're at it, let's do a little twirl so you can see the other gold shtuff
So, obviously, spray painting a lamp isn't rocket science, BUT, if you've ever been to a home decor store, you KNOW the issue: All of the stupid lamps are SILVER!! What's a girl-who-loves-gold to do in the lamp department?!?! SO...the moral of this story? If stores refuse to sell what you want, MAKE IT!
(or technically just tape it up and spray it down with some Rustoleum 'Champagne Mist'!)
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