One of my favorite characteristics of rooms designed by Texas designer Jan Showers is her use of gold to create a glamorous look.
Whether a mirror, a piece of furniture, or a light fixture, so many of her breathtaking rooms include touches of gold.
Inspired by her beautiful metallic lamps above, I have been on the hunt for an attractive gold floor lamp. I have always loved the Niermann Weeks Montaigne Lamp, but the $2910 price tag is just a tad too rich for my blood.
A more reasonable alternative is Circa Lighting's Quatrefoil Floor Lamp. But still, its $630 price tag is a little tough to swallow.
So I decided to go on a (brief) mission to find an affordable and attractive gold floor lamp. As I have learned, that is no small feat. So many floor lamps are just plain hideous. After looking and looking, out of desperation I headed upstairs to my attic to see if I had anything that might work. I had forgotten about a lamp I used in my law school apartment. I hadn't used it in ages, as the dark bronzey metal doesn't really reflect my taste.
But while the color and shade aren't my favorite, I do like the lines and details of the lamp itself. It is well-made and heavy, and the wiring is still in great shape.
So I decided to paint it gold. I used Rustoleum gold spray paint. If you need a good gold spray paint, definitely use Rustoleum. I've tried Krylon before, but Krylon gold is way too pink. (For what it's worth, I think I would choose Rustoleum over Krylon in any color).
I started with the finial, in case the spray paint proved to be a disaster. But I liked how it turned out on the finial, bringing out the texture of the metal on the lamp.
So I kept going. It took very little of my gold spray paint (maybe 1/4 of a can).
It looks like a different lamp.
And the finished product! It's just what I need behind a comfy armchair in my living room.
I feel quite certain Jan Showers would not approve of using Rustoleum to infuse a room with gold. But it enabled me to bring new life to an outdated lamp that had been collecting dust in my attic, and it also provided a very inexpensive end to my search for a pretty gold floor lamp.
I did this project from start to finish in about 15 minutes after we got back from a fun Labor Day weekend at the beach (after a seemingly LONG car ride from Isle of Palms to Charlotte with a teething baby). When I posted about my gold-encrusted geode being the easiest DIY ever, I was wrong. This definitely has to be the easiest DIY project ever, to the extent that I maintain some concern that I am insulting the intelligence of MoS readers by posting this. But, ultimately I decided to post it just in case you need a little nudge to update that hidden treasure in your attic, whether it's a new coat of paint, some slick new hardware, or an updated lampshade.