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Let there be Light(shades)

 

 

A friend gave me a couple of lovely tall lamps with wooden bases and shades that pivot so you can tilt them for reading. Unfortunately one of the shades was very watermarked.

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Watercolours wouldn’t cover it, and were too hard to mix to match the colours I had chosen for downstairs, so I ended up painting the shades with the sample pots of wall paint. The light doesn’t come through them now, but with the bases resprayed white they look good, if I do say so myself (see the full lamps in the downstairs reveal coming soon)

The  first design I tried didn’t work so I scrapped it and went back to the beginning.

The shading I simply brushed on without cleaning the brush so it blended from one colour to the next.

Then I used silver paint to freehand a design onto each shade.

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I can’t believe downstairs is nearly done and I haven’t started blogging it. It’s been a hectic 3 months. Hopefully the next few months will be just as hectic with  b&b guests….

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Comments on: "Let there be Light(shades)" (2)

  1. Interesting way to re-use old lamp shades – I like the one on the right the best. Can you still pivot them and use them for reading?

    • Oh yes, the only thing that has changed is they are not as Sheer as they were – light doesn’t go through the shades anymore. Hopefully I’ll post the bedhead today and you can see the lamps in full

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