These lamps are a perfect example. The “glam lamps” were the standard 80’s brass and glass. Silver spray paint was used on the metal and black glass paint was used on the inside of the glass. The shade is actually rabbit fencing attached to wire lampshade rings with tulle ribbon woven through it. Crystals and a finial complete the look.
These lamps were sad.
Yellow spray paint made them happy again. The shades were also made from the same rabbit fencing but just with fabric glued to them. Rabbit fencing is great because it is stiff and holds it’s shape. Plus it can be cut to whatever height you need, it’s cheap, and you can find it easily at home improvement or farm supply stores.
This ginger jar lamp also only needed spray paint and a new shade. Fabric was glued to lampshade rings on top and bottom. The finial needed to be substantial so it was made from a block of wood and painted to match.
Do you ever have something in your mind that you want or see something you love but don’t want to spend the money? Or maybe it’s not just about money. Maybe you love taking the old and tired and giving it new life? You are not alone.
Thrift stores are filled with old light fixtures and lamps that just need some vision and TLC. Most of them can be found for $5-10.
So use your imagination and get out the spray paint!