Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Shabby Lamp into Candlestick

Good Morning everyone.  It's been a long time since I have blogged or shown any of my projects.  I have been busy even with the holidays but just haven't been able to sit down and share my thoughts and projects with you.  It has been a nice holiday and it was busy just like everyone else.   Anyways, here is one of my latest projects and it was a fun one.  I had this old standing lamp that didn't work and I didn't want to spend the time and rewire it and it could have been done.  I decided to make it into a large standing candlestick and I'm bad because I forgot to take a before picture of how rough and rusty this lamp was, but try to imagine rust all over it and no shades.  Here is an after picture of this lamp:

 I had to paint everything on it and clipped out the electrical wires so that I could put candles into the lamp.  I started painting the stem of the lamp with a soft ivory acrylic paint.
 I painted the metal parts with a burnt umber paint and than highlighted the parts with a gold acrylic paint.  I rubbed gold onto the ivory parts also and even the fake candlestick base.  I also had to add a little shabbiness by adding an old rhinestone necklace around the top of the lamp for a little glitter.
Everywhere the was a stand out part on the lamp it was rubbed with gold.
 This is the bottom part of the lamp that was so pretty and it was also painted and rubbed with gold.
 This base was so rusty that I had to sand some of the rust off and than paint with the brown and that highlight with gold and I think it came out so pretty.  It also had a marble base which I think it was highlighted when the base was painted.
 So here is my lamp turned into a large free standing candlestick. 
So, what do you think.  Better or worse?
So, until next time of the Shabby Gals.....

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