Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Re-Store Lamps

Thanks to all of you who read my blog and who are willing to leave supportive comments.  I really appreciate you.  Yesterday I asked for help with the Re-store lamps, and your responses confirmed my suspicions.  The harps were too tall...a casualty that comes from using what you have.  Yesterday, I purchased smaller harps and I think they look better.

Before we get into all of that, I thought you might like to see what the lamps looked like when I purchased them from the Re-Store.


A little funky aren't they?  When I saw them in the store I knew that I had to have them because it is rare to find a pair of lamps.  They aren't exactly the gourd shaped lamps that I see everywhere, but they were cheap and with spray paint all things are possible.


I gave each lamp a coat of spray primer.  Then I used glossy white spray paint.  



The bases were gold, but I wanted them toned down and bit.
I used the hammered gold Rust-oleum and really liked the results.




And thankfully, most of us agreed that shorter harps were needed.  Funny how the lampshade on the right sits a little lower.  Oh well, Re-Store.  I also picked up the finials yesterday at my local hardware store and gave them a coat of the hammered gold. 

46 comments :

  1. Wow, they turned out just wonderful! They really look like the high end ones. Trust me I looked for lamps for about 6 months before I found the ones I did. The rustoleum spray paints are great and I've used the hammered metal ones on a few projects.


    I really love Re-store. We had one in Charleston when we lived there and I made a weekly stop. I need to do a search and find one close to me here in Buffalo.

    Have a wonderful day.
    T

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  2. You did a beautiful job on those lamps! It pays to be patient with spray paint..nice even finish..
    I would be so proud.. they look marvelous.

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  3. Wow, I can't believe they're the same lamps!! I love to collect lighting...you've inspired me to go through & see what I have that I can work with! Thanks for showing us what you did!
    MK

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  4. i agree it made such a difference in how they looked. pretty! i love your drapes

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  5. Those turned out amazing!! I never thought of painting lamps, and I paint everything!! :) You are so inspiring!

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  6. This is about the 3rd post I have seen with incredible makeovers where the lamps have been painted! I am inspired to go find a few and practice! Yours are exceptionally awesome! Good work.

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  7. Wow! They turned out so pretty. They look so 'classy' and expensive. You did a great job.

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  8. Rene, they look great. I forgot to tell you yesterday to get shorter ones. I love how they look now and I can't believe the shades are from Walmart. Good job.

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  9. They are gorgeous! I need to start thrifting for lamps to spray paint.

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  10. They look amazing! I need loads of lighting throughout my place...thanks for the inspiration! Stacey

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  11. Painting that top gold part was genius - it looks really good all white like that...you would never know they were blue and gold before!

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  12. Oh yes, much better with shorter harps. I love the shape of them. You got a great finish on them. I will have to give it a try. Just need to find some!

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  13. They are beautiful! I'd love some gourd shaped ones, too, but yours are just as good!

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  14. The lamps look fabulous! They honestly do look like high end lamps. I once sprayed a floor lamp that had been repurposed(many times over)and it turned out great too. You did a wonderful job and the harps are perfect. Your entire room looks fantastic.

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  15. Spray paint is amazing, yes? They look great.

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  16. Your lamps look fab. As a newbie to DIY can you tell me, do you have to use any special type of primer when spraying over cermaics like these lamp bases - i have a couple to do, and can't wait to start, but want to make sure i use the right product.

    Jane in NZ

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  17. Hi Jane. I used primer in a spray can. I suppose any would do as long as the label shows that it will cover the surface you are painting. Good luck to you.

    -Rene

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  18. Beautiful! I love it that you are revamping and reusing!

    Thanks!

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  19. Oh! Very nice, you are inspiring me to go out and do a little thrifting myself, I need new lamps in my bedroom. When I moved from Seattle to CA, didn't think my bf would appreciate my "girly" lamps, so need to figure out something in between that we both like.

    Thanks for posting!

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  20. Love the lamp makeover, they are faublous, really. I was here yesterday reading and taking in your beautiful living room but got pulled away before I could comment.
    My mom used to move things around all the time. I on the other hand freak out if something gets moved a bit. Maybe its because our house is small and everything seems to fit one way.

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  21. Wow, you put
    my lamp re-do
    to shame! THIS
    is truly amazing....
    For some reason,
    I'm very intimidated
    by spray paint....
    Not sure why,
    but I really am!
    So, BRAVO,
    they look GREAT!
    xx Suzanne

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  22. they look so great! love that detail along the top of the base.

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  23. Renee, they look great! I like them w/the shorter harp. And, who knew about hammered gold spray paint?? So cool! I'm probably the last one to know about this.

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  24. I believe the red shades I got from Walmart last week are the very same ones, just a different color. My, what a wonderful duo you have now that they're painted! You're right, the smaller harps did the trick.
    Brenda

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  25. Wow these look great. I just love DIY before and afters!!!!

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  26. I love this proyect. They look great!

    Hugs
    Charo

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  27. The lamps look wonderful! Love the shades you chose.

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  28. So fun and fresh...you really gave the lamps new life!

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  29. Your lamps look fantastic! I can't believe the difference. Love the shades, too. Linda

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  30. You did a wonderful job on this project! Love the final product! Both lamps look perfect in your room.

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  31. The lamps look great! I know you'll enjoy them. A pair of lamps is a hard find indeed :) Jennifer

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  32. I think the blog world is responsible for a huge growth in paint sales around the world.
    They are rubbing their hands together and they should be thanking all of us for their good fortunes.
    Great job on the lamps

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  33. These look great in your home! Super transformation!
    Sharlotte

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  34. Well you inspired so much with this post I spray painted a lamp this weekend! I love it.
    Thank you so much for the idea.

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  35. This is my first visit to your blog and I love it! Those lamps have new life and look very expensive to me! Great job! Very Pottery Barn looking :)

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  36. Your lamps look amazing!! I am really on a glossy white paint kick right now. Going to start working on some stuff tomorrow. :) Love your new lamps!

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  37. Lovely. Gorgeous. Beautiful. I now have this on my list...a pair of lamps so that I may copy you. Wonderful job!

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  38. These are now absolutely STUNNING! They look totally HIGH END! LOVe it and 2 less things that are landfill bound that are now gorgeous! ...ahhh the power of paint!

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  40. Love those lamps. Just beautiful!

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  41. WOW!! What a transformation! I love how they turned out! You have such great vision...I think I would have passed them by in the store! But now I would pay big bucks for them!

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