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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

From Myrtle Beach to Palm Beach: Before and After Lamp Makeover

On Thursday after Miles Redd, we checked out the warehouse sale at The Potato Sack on W. Morehead.  This is the third or fourth of these sales I have attended, and I have to admit I've found something great every time! 

I wasn't looking for anything in particular this time, but tucked away in one of the rooms was this floor lamp with a faux bamboo base and a palm tree motif.  I am the first to admit that decorating with palm trees is a tricky business.  Anything too literal, like fabric or wallpaper can look contrived and cheap.  The natural off-white base of this lamp combined with the green leafy palm part did just that.  BUT, I knew I could easily turn it from Myrtle Beach to Palm Beach in no time at all!


 First order of business was to tape off the brass hardware with painter's tape.  The hardware was in great shape and even had a dimmer!

The next step was to grab a can of glossy white Rustoleum and spray away!  It couldn't be easier.

 The shade that came with the lamp was a cute Stray Dog striped lampshade, but it just wasn't right for the lamp.  So I picked up a basic white drum shade at Mrs. Howard's Sidewalk Sale. 

Since I planned to use the lamp in baby girl's nursery, I thought it would be cute to trim the shade with yellow grosgrain ribbon.

I used basic fabric glue to affix the ribbon to the shade.

Very carefully, I added a row of yellow grosgrain at the base and at the top of the shade.

The finished shade...  It looks okay in this photograph, but in real life, it just didn't blow my hair back.  When you have a shade that tapers even the slightest bit, it's hard to keep the top and bottom edges of the ribbon perfectly tight.  I spent about 2 hours getting it as perfect as possible, but ultimately I decided against the ribbon trim.  (If anyone knows a trick for adding ribbon trim perfectly even without any gaps where the shade gets narrower, I am all ears!) 

Back to the drawing board, I used a plain white shade.  I like the monochromatic look of the lamp, since the style is so distinctive, and the fabric in the room has a lot of pattern.

It's a fun little glamorous accessory for baby girl's nursery!

I think it will be perfect beside a comfy armchair and ottoman.  Couldn't it totally be $595 at Circa Who?!

Before and After:  Doesn't a coat of paint make all the difference sometimes?  And just when I had vowed to never paint again...

18 comments:

Amber said...

That looks so great and spendy! You're a crafty minx.

McKaylah said...

I love it! And the title, "From Myrtle Beach to Palm Beach," cracks me up. They both have their charms!

Alicia xoxxo said...

Love it!!! I wish I was crafty!!!

tarheel said...

I too cracked up about from Myrtle Beach to Palm Beach. Hm. Just took the kids there for a few days, and they adore it. Myrtle, that is. So glam for baby girl- and I like the shade without the yellow trim better! It's fab.

jandjhome said...

Looks great. I would've never thought to pick that up. The original reminds me of an old Miami Beach hotel. Great redo.

Julie said...

It looks great!

Brilliant Chic said...

the lamp turned out perfect! What a great addition to your nursery!

Vickie H. said...

OMG! It is wonderful! Wish I had gotten there FIRST!!! LOL!!!

kayce hughes said...

I am so jealous! That is the best lamp ever! As for ribbon trim just use a ribbon the has some give and it will curve with you.

Rust-Oleum said...

Fantastic job giving the lamp such a fresh, clean look. It looks great! Thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum for your project transformation.

- Rust-Oleum Scott

Jenny at LGN said...

What an adorable lamp!! The nursery looks amazing!!

You can buy packages of single-fold bias tape at basically any fabric store. It comes in all sorts of colors. And it will fit your shade like a glove. No gaps or wrinkles.

xx

Splendid Sass said...

Wow! What paint and a shade can do!
Teresa
xoxo

TN Mimi said...

So cute!

traci zeller designs said...

It looks fabulous ... although the title of this post had me laughing so hard that I could hardly concentrate on the lamp!! I love it monochromatic as well ... Looks great next to the curtains. Lucky Baby Girl!!

Lalla said...

That lamp looks beautiful! You did a fabulous job!

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

what a beautiful lamp! You did such a great job on this piece MOS!

Cheryl said...

very cute ! Why not use the ribbon on the lamp shade as stripes going from the top down to the bottom?

SHERRY HART said...

OK...you rocked that makeover...I have to look around as I am craving more :)

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