Wednesday, February 5, 2014


I found this really charming vintage cherub lamp at a tag sale over a year ago and just fell in love with it.  It was taken apart to rewire and while it was laying in pieces I gave the brass covered pot-metal a makeover with several colors of chalk paint.  A dark wax was applied with a soft brush and then buffed out to a low-luster sheen.
 Reworking the shade was a bit of a challenge for me because I didn't want another lace-covered shade in the guest room (even though I love them).  One of those is enough.
I decided to add tattered strips of soft white linen fabric over the wire shade form, knotting them at the lower rim.  All the original shade fabric was removed and I didn't waste time painting it.  Once the fabric is attached you can't even see the metal...but, you could paint it if you want.

I added a linen tie/bow around the top, but plan to remove it as I actually like this one plain...

Hope you are all having a great week.  The weather is crummy here like it is across most of America.  I can't wait for spring...  That said, I'm TRYING to enjoy each and every Season this year and not rush life.

It's clicking by super fast as it is!  

Blessing and love to you.


Marilyn said...

That is such a cute lamp now! When I'm in the mood to actually do some work, I should do this for a lamp in my "princess" bedroom. That's what Sarah calls it as it has the French Provincial furniture I bought way back in high school or college. It's been so long ago "I can't remember." That's what my mom keeps telling me, but SHE'S 89 and I tell her it's OK. Thanks for sharing it with us as I know we LOVE to see your projects.♥♫

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Rebecca! I love that lamp base and it looks wonderful painted and waxed. I have plans to do a shade on a lamp in my craft/sewing room similar to this, and will probably wind up using scraps of Osnaberg fabric that I have laying around. Just need to get those scraps into strips, which if this snow keeps up might be a good project to work on!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love the lamp and shade! I have a few shades I have to do...Great idea! So glad your lives are back on track and the Mr. has a great job with no travels!


Jan Hermann said...

Very pretty transformation, Rebecca! ♥

La Vie Quotidienne said...

this is very, very pretty and I love the way you did the shade, that was very cleaver.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love a prissy lamp, and this is so pretty! Great job!



Unknown said...

Absolutely love the lamp as I am hopelessly addicted to lamps. LOL!! We just got 14" of snow. DH got his loads cancelled as the governor of NY where he was to run shut down a main artery to Newburg, NY. Spent day snow-blowing & cleaning up.
Now it is sunny & the snow is so-o-o-o beautiful!!
Have a Happy Day!!

Laura's Rose Garden said...

Hello Rebecca,
I love the very creative change to your lamp! I will borrow the idea for the shade....I have already written it into my idea book! I often see forlorn lamps similar to this at our local thrift stores for just a couple of dollars. I usually pick them up and transform them. I guess that's why my hubby calls this place "Lamps R US"!!!
Have an exquisite day!
Love and warm hugs, Laura

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

I love the lamp and I am happy to see you posting again. The weather is bad for so has actually been hot here in Florida. Yesterday was in the upper 80's.

Amy jo

Theresa said...

WOW, that is gorgeous! Another great creation by Rebecca:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

La Petite Gallery said...

I just adore that lamp and the shade is gorgeous. MY my you are so talented. I have never seen a shade that pretty in the stores. yvonne

Mari said...

Oh Rebecca my friend, your lamb turned out beautiful, love how your transformed the shade :-)


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