I wanted to turn my “interesting” $5 garage sale lamp into something stunning.
I do not like the white shades with the gold.
I want a black shade with gold inside (like the first inspiration).
1. Sand and prime lamp
2. Paint first gold coat with Precious Metals Premium Leafing Glaze, Gold
This was my first time using this product. The directions recommended brushing it on with a soft-bristle brush, or sponge brush. I used a sponge brush.
I had a difficult time keeping the paint from streaking.
I applied a second coat of Precious Metals gold, to even out the finish. The Precious Metals gold was a little too yellow for my taste, so I painted a third coat using Liquid Leaf, Classic Gold.
At this point, I was not happy with the progress and honestly did not think the project was going to be a success…but I kept working with it.
The lamp was starting to look better after I applied the Liquid Leaf gold, it was not as yellow. I would recommend using both because you get a nice depth of color.
Allow the third coat time to dry.
4. Apply Precious Metals Leafing Glaze, Antiquing
After the third coat was dry, I rubbed the antiquing glaze on with a soft rag, working in small sections.
I immediately rubbed the majority off, before moving to the next section, leaving just enough to give the lamp an aged look.
Now the lamp is finished, onto the lampshade.
I wanted a black lampshade, with a gold interior, like the first inspiration.
1. Spray paint the interior of the shade gold.
2. Spray paint the lamp shade black.
Be sure to cover the interior.
I spray painted the lamp shade black so the original silver would not show through the black linen fabric.
3. Lay your fabric out,iron and cut to size.
Line up the seam of the fabric with the seam of the lampshade.
Roll your lampshade in the fabric and cut the fabric to size. One side should be folded over and ironed to make a nice edge.
Cut the fabric a little wider than your shade. Later you will fold the fabric over and hot glue into your shade.
Slowly, cover the lamp shade with the fabric, working in small sections, carefully smoothing
the fabric as you move around the lamp shade.
The black lampshade also helps tie in the dark, walnut table to the rest of the space.
Before it looked out of place because it was the only dark value in the entry
(the sticks in the before photo were not there very long).
Overall, I think it is a huge improvement over the original lamp .
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