Tuesday, 14 May 2013

~I ♥ Standard Lamps Part 2~

Remember my standard lamp from eBay? The one that turned out to be faux mahogany and faux working order...
It's had a sand down, a coat of (substantial) undercoat and 3 coats of paint.  I mixed some paints I had already to get this mushroomy beige colour which has a nice matt eggshell finish...
It's the result of Craig & Rose 1829 Chalky Emulsion in Deep Sung Cream
Farrow and Ball Estate Eggshell in New White
It had a good result and the paint is a lovely texture and finish.
What about the vintage lampshade project? I have to admit defeat on that score. I watched several online tutorials and looked at kits, then I bought an old shade and stripped it down. I ordered some self adhesive vinyl from eBay and set to work with my precious vintage fabric piece. Unfortunately it didn't work out - what my son would call an *epic fail*.
I shall consign lampshade-making to the same place that my crochet-fear resides. 
Well, I can't afford £50-£80 that handmade shades are selling for, so I gave in and spent some pennies (£10) on this shade from TKMaxx, then added some ricrac braid and a bobble trim. 
The shade is probably a tad too small, but I'm quite pleased with it anyhow as it looks nice with my new wallpaper.


  1. I think it looks really lovely now, great job.
    Carol xx

  2. I think it looks lovely too - the colour is great with your decor. Jx

  3. Wow that looks wonderful - I would have never thought of adding the trimmimgs - it makes it look really special. Well done x Jane

  4. Your lamp looks fab, now you have made it yours
    Thea x

  5. You have done a great job. I love the colour and the shade is a perfect match.

  6. I love this lots! I need a standard lamp in my life x

  7. Good job, you! It looks great!

  8. Looks good - I have not had any success with covering lampshades either and what a shame to waste gorgeous fabric x

  9. Well I think it looks great Sally and the shade was a good buy from TK Maxx.I have fairly recently discovered this store and love it.You get all sorts of unusual (mostly branded) goods at very reasonable prices.I like that you have personalised it too. Sounds as if you have been very busy decorating and such, I thought you would have been caravanning!!We have got lots of decorating to do just waiting for some time off next month to get cracking.Hope you are ok, love Anne


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