This French country lamp makeover is brought to you by persistence. The sad little French County lamp that wasn’t going to let me walk away again, convinced me at 75% off to take a chance. So happy I did.
Isn’t it stunning? I kind of pride myself a little on being able to see the possibilities when an item at the the thrift store has been looked over and passed over by others. Such was the case with this lamp. I was drawn to it right when I walked in the store, but it was marked $32. Not exactly thrift store pricing if you know what I’m saying.
I walked away that day because…really, I didn’t need another lamp.
I walked away when it was 25% off, and 50% off, and almost walked away at 75% off. But, she convinced me and gave me a vision for what she could be. So, for the shocking price of just a little more than $8, I took her home. She turned out be a real beauty.
She’s kind of like that girl in high school no one really paid attention to. You know, the girl who goes on to be Miss America and when asked about her teenage years claims no one ever asked her to prom etc….
To photograph her, I took my French Country buffet and put on the dining room shiplap wall and staged it. The lamp actually, in real life, sits between to sitting chairs in our living room, but photographing for detail with a window as a backdrop is kinda out of my photography skill range. Besides, you guys never really get to see much of this French Country buffet because the TV sits above it on the wall and big giant TVs are just not blog worthy.
I must admit, I wish I could have kept this set up because it was just sooo pretty. But, what you don’t see is my full dining room suite pushed up against the opposite wall. LOL
Achieving this finish was actually pretty easy. I sprayed the whole lamp with Valspar’s Paint and Primer in One spray paint (white). Then, I mixed some dark gray acrylic paint (the craft kind) with some water until it was sort of a runny watery solution. There’s a trick though….
The trick is to use a good quality paper towel to wipe it back. I take the paper towel and put the whole thing in the cup of watery paint I just mixed up. Then I ring it out back into the cup and then give it a quick run under fresh water, ringing it out again. It’s kinda messy.
I use an artist brush to brush on the runny paint and then wipe it back with the paint stained paper towel until I get the right look. Sometimes I blot rather than wipe to give it the look of plaster or cement. The key is the paint stained paper towel because if you use a clean paper towel it takes too much of the paint off and the mottled cement look won’t come through.
I picked up these incredible candlesticks the other day for the Labor Day sale at Kirklands. They were a real steal ringing up at less than $6 a piece. If you are on the hunt for some candlesticks, head the way (unless you live in Jacksonville, because I bought them all) :).
So, I would have to say, it was the best $8 I ever spent. Now, I can’t imagine ever parting with this lamp. I’m not sure I would ever find another one. I guess it just goes to show…there is hidden beauty everywhere.
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I hope you have a beautiful day friends!