Cleaning Out the Garage. . .

Every time hubby is tinkering in the garage he asks me if I am ever going to do anything with this old lamp.  Well last Friday was his lucky day.  It’s not completely finished but at least it made it out of the garage.


It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it is wooden and has been painted kind of a gold color with blue bands.  It has an awesome cast iron base with embossed flowers.


The upper scroll piece that holds the shade is brass.  I kind of like that just the way it is.


I pulled out my trusty spray paint and sprayed it white.


Then I sanded it quite heavily and waxed it with AS wax, both dark and clear.


Love it, but if you ask me this is the best part.  I pulled out my acrylic paints and did this to the flowers.  I didn’t worry about painting the edges of the flowers, just the tops.  I knew that the wax would grab there and create magic.  It did not disappoint.


Now I am asking myself, “this was so fun, what took you so long to do it?”  Oh, and it’s still not complete.

Next on the agenda is to decorate this shade with bits of vintage lace and such.  Hopefully it won’t take me as long as it did to get to the lamp.


So what do you think?  Do you like my lamp so far?



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Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

It's a beautiful lamp, Jann. I like your idea of painting the flowers colors instead of all white.

Susanne said...

Great idea of bring the flowers to life with color. I can't wait to see what you do with the shade - are we tying in florals in any way?

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Nice redo ! I also like the flowers painted. I am looking forward to see how you use the shade. Several years ago, I had a vintage lamp designed like that and could not find a shade that would work.
Enjoy your day.

Anonymous said...

Oh I love it...especially the way the flowers turned out...what a beautiful way to repurpose and reuse.

Ruby and Arthur said...

I love the lamp so far! What wax do you use? Also, I love the cherry banner at the top of your blog. Have a great day, Jean

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

OMG those flowers just pop, how gorgeous! It looks wonderful what a great piece.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Love it! Do you ship???? just kidding!!....Love the flowers, that was a great idea...and a lace or doily shade will be darling.

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

I agree: not a disappointment in the least! Adorable... so far!

The Boston Lady said...

I love this, especially the painted flowers! What a wonderful makeover. You needed to wait because if you had done it earlier, you might not have had these great ideas. Can't wait to see the shade. Ann

Kris said...


Chenille Cottage said...

Oh, those colorful flowers....What a transformation!

Diann said...

Love the lamp. What a great piece! And your redo looks wonderful.

Grammy Goodwill said...

I love how you painted the flowers.

Leslie said...

Wow!! what a great lamp! Your redo made it look even more amazing!

Linda said...

I LOVE your lamp! You are so clever, and full of ideas!

Cynthia said...

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Unknown said...

Oh, I love your lamp. Can't wait to see the shade all finished! Beautiful.

Sherry@The BarnQuiltStore Blog said...

Your lamp is L.O.V.E.L.Y.!!!!
I can't wait to see what you do with the shade!

The Farmers Daughter said...

What a wonderful transformation! The painted flowers are "genius". You've got the knack, Girl!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I really like the lamp and really like how you painted the flowers on the base
Now take strips of white lace and tie up and down on the shade , cover the entire shade in lace

Linda W. said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I like what you did to your vintage lamp. Very pretty! Cheers!

Rose L said...

The lamp came out lovely! Great project. I get many planned as well and never seem to get to them.

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...


You have done an amazing job, how exciting, well done, whoo hoo!!

Micupoftea said...

LOL~ I thought you were going to turn it into something for the garden! Nice painting work, Jann. IKR, sometimes projects sit on the sidelines and once you begin you think 'why did I wait this long?' :)
Happy Monday~

Peg said...

Oh my, I love the lamp! I was with you when you bought it and I remember thinking that Jann is going to do something magnificent with that lamp. Guess what? You didn't disappoint. You are so clever. So glad you are my friend.

NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH! I LOVE that lamp, Jann. Great job with the flowers! xo Diana

Unknown said...

Echo on all the previous comments. Great reno! Curious though??? What type of wax do you use. Thanx for sharing, Tiffany (come on over and see what I have been doing at my blog palace!)

Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh my this is so totally adorable. I love the colors you gave it and how bright and cheery it is now. What a great transformation. Thanks for linking it up.

Full Circle Creations said...

I love the transformation of this lamp. Great job. Can't wait to see what you do with the lampshade. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


Unknown said...

It looks terrific, Jann. I love how you painted the flowers - it would great in my guest room. Now I'll have to be on the hunt for something similar.

Thanks for sharing this at the All Star Block Party

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Such a great makeover Jann, so darling!

Happy VTT!

LV said...

You have great ideas and are carrying them out very well. The lamp is going to look so nice when you finish. I love your yard.

Malissa said...

I love the lamp. It did not disappoint. I have a lamp in storage that I need to take a crack at. Nice Job!!

Candy said...

I love your lamp (GREAT MAKEOVER) and I can't wait to see the shade.

My Dream Canvas said...

Great makeover!I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu