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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Jan Showers-Inspired DIY Gold Floor Lamp

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.

I also decided to swap out the dark shade on the left for something lighter and more rectangular, to mirror the rectangular base of the 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  But it enabled me to bring new life to an outdated lamp that had been collecting dust in my attic, and it also provided a very inexpensive end to my search for a pretty gold floor lamp.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. 


Julie said...

It looks fabulous! I'm also super impressed you decided to take this on after your drive. After massive traffic on I-26 headed from Charleston to Atlanta, the last thing I had energy for last night when I got home was a project. Well done; it looks great!

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Great transformation! Gotta love a can of spray paint! The shade really updates the look as well.

Vickie H. said...

Nice job...and the shade is THE DEAL!!!! It brings that old floor lamp completely CURRENT!!! Just goes to show you: there is GOLD in those attics!!!

Barbara@TheStylishChick said...

I agree, it's the shade that puts this project into fabulousness territory! Thanks for the tip on Rustoleum v. Krylon...I've got some projects I need to tackle and fortunately have not bought supplies yet. Gotta run...there's a lamp SOMEWHERE in my house that needs a new shot at life!!

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

I think it looks pretty good myself. Spraypaint and all.

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

Looks great! MOS Charlotte you are so clever! I can't believe you had the energy to start this project after your trip back from the beach! That's amazing! And it looks so good in your living room. You know I LOVE those brown and blue chairs! Oh, and I think you should order that Lands End coat, it would look great on you!

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