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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A New Lamp and Painting Glass...

It started with a lamp...  I splurged on a Juliska lamp right as I was finishing law school.  I love Juliska crystal- the glass is so thin and delicate and is made by hand.  The Juliska lamp sat on a console table in my entryway for a bit, but I had always longed for a second one so I could place each lamp on either end of my living room sofa. 

On Friday, I checked out the Charlotte Assistance League Thrift Store.  It is probably the "fanciest" thrift store in Charlotte, as in it is the most pleasant shopping experience for thrifters.  That said, the inventory within the store is similar to other thrift stores- very hit or miss (and usually a miss).  However, this time a lamp caught my eye.  A Juliska lamp EXACTLY like mine.  As far as thrift store prices go, it wasn't cheap.  It was still $125.  But that is a fraction of the retail price of the lamp, and I really wanted to have a matching pair.  So home it came with me!

As soon as I got it home, I knew that the glass lamps would be lost on my glass directoire tables. 

 The directoire tables were an inexpensive catalog find, but truly they look so much like the real thing, with the tiny animal feet and gold leaf finish! 

With a little prodding from MoS Washington, I decided to paint the glass black.  I thought painting the underneath side so it would show through the clear glass would look best. 

I picked up some black Rust-oleum (they really need to advertise with us!). 
 And I went to work.  It took a few coats to get it nice and even.  And when you flipped the glass over, it looked absolutely perfect, like jet black glass.

 I popped the glass back into each table.

And added the lamps!  I love the contrast that the black glass provides, with the gold leaf table and the crystal clear Juliska lamps.

 This was my first experience painting glass, but it really worked!  I think the key is to paint the inside or underside and let it show through to the pretty "clean" side, if that makes sense.

So I finally have my pair of lamps flanking each side of my living room sofa, contrasting against the black and gold directoire tables!

21 comments:

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Love your DIY project- the table looks awesome! And you look so pretty and happy in the picture frame!

Julie of Monkey Grass Hill said...

that looks FANTASTIC! I have the coffee table like that, I might have to do the same thing. It makes it look so much richer.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I have the same table and was thinking of having a piece of glass cut for the top, thanks for sharing this and saving me a little coin.

Mary said...

Genious!

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

I have a really similar table, too! I think I might try to spray the glass as well...it'll match my coffee table and I never thought of that!

Thanks for the idea!!

Julie said...

I can't believe you found a matching Juliska lamp for $125. That is insane. It looks great!

lucy said...

love it! The Assistance League store is my fav and I love the good work they do for the community they are in. I have received some great finds there and donate to them (tax deductions).

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

The painting glass project is perfect...I find so many glass top side tables and painting the glass (underneath) would be a great touch! Take care, Caroline

Cathy said...

Where did you buy the table? I want to do the very same thing in my den!

Debbie said...

the table looks great! Even better than with the clear glass.

kayduh said...

Can you share your source for those tables? I have been looking for a pair for my guest room!

Karena said...

Great job!! I love the classic lamps, they are forever!

I have always wanted one of those little tables, because they are unique.

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Karena
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DAM said...

Which catalog did the table come from? Care to share via email if not on the blog?

Thanks,
DAM

The Matters of Style Girls said...

The table is from a catalog called Alsto. Unfortunately I think it's now-defunct. I bought them about 3 years ago, and I can't find Alsto online anymore either. Sorry!

Karen of Fair Oaks said...

Perfection!

Kate Nisbet Designs said...

what a find! the painting looks great, it was just the fix that those tables needed!

Evie said...

Oh my goodness I would have been so nervous spray painting glass, but it REALLY worked out well!

MajorLeagueBaseball said...

Love it! You must have an AWESOME WONDERFUL AMAZINGLY PERFECT sister who picked that lamp up for you.

Beau lifestyle said...

this is so pretty, tomorrow i will write about your post.
xoxoxo Chantal from Beau Lifestyle

Villa Bisono said...

I absolutely love it!!!!!!

It's so beautiful!

xoxo
www.villa-bisono.com

Intrigue and Inspire said...

Wow! That was a great transformation. I love when people are so clever!

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