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...