Wednesday, July 11, 2012

No Bedside Lamp for Me, NO way, NO how, not EVER!

Well maybe he wasn't quite that vehement about it, but sheesh!!
Mr Concrete has certainly been the leader of the "We Hate Bedside-Lamp's Society" for as many years as I can remember. 
Yes, I'm sure that's an actual society...

Well that was until I brought this baby home.

Mmmm... a Pharmacy Lamp!
It's vintage, it's metal, it's charming, it's got an Edison Bulb!!! 
I love it!

And wonder of wonders, so did Mr Concrete. 
As soon as this baby came in the door, he was hooked.

Well, that might be a little bit of a lie.
He might have asked me why I brought that ugly thing home.

I'll fess up.
Here's what it looked like when I stashed it in the garage and hoped he wouldn't see it till I was done.

Yeah, I know.
Plastic, cheap and awful! 
But for $4.48 at the D.A.V., it had potential... hiding deep down... really, really deep.

I used my good friend Oil Rubbed Bronze (Rust-Oleum) on the outside and painted the inside of the "shade" in Krylon Looking Glass spray.

Then something fun started to happen.

See that yummy texture on the inside of the shade?
I call that a happy accident!

I sprayed the inside in Oil Rubbed Bronze thinking since it was Rust-Oleum it'd make a good primer.
Well who knew that "Oil" rubbed bronze was actually OIL based? (yeah, shut up, I can hear y'all laughing!)

As you might imagine, when I sprayed the Looking Glass on top of the Rust-Oleum, the whole thing started to bubble.
Good thing I was outside, cuz I think I mighta squealed with delight. (It's possible I even frightened the wild turkeys that hang out by our pond. Poor lil suckers!)

See... squeal worthy.
Told ya!

It turned out so well, that Mr Concrete has had a whole change of heart on the Anti-Bedside-Lamp obsession.
The paint wasn't dry before he announced it was his and it was going on his bedside table.
Color me shocked and crowing like a peacock!
My green plastic hunk-a-junk has converted my man to a bedside lamp lover!!!! WooHoo!!

And I'm just swooning over my new baby owl.
Her name's Hedwig.
Wiggy for short.

I found a twin to my little lamp yesterday on another trip to the D.A.V.
Green, plastic and nasty.
It nearly killed me to pass her up.
What do ya think, should I go back and rescue another one???


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  1. Get over there and get the twin for hubby! It looks great.
    Ya gotta love happy accidents. I need to remember this one- I'm all about the inside of the shade!

  2. Beautiful lamp - gorgeous photos - well done! x
    New follower - come join me too - the more the merrier!

  3. Heck YEAH!!! And next time I'm home we're going to the DAV Sis!!! I cannot come close to your ugly to treasure finds! Perhaps I'm not looking in the right thrift shops.

    It's beautiful, and know that your happy accident will probably be stolen sometime...soon!!! I need a lamp in the living could always GIFT the twin!!!!!!!! And oil rubbed bronze is all throughout our house!

  4. BTW...I love Hedwig! He's so cute...where'd you get him?

    1. Hedwig (Wiggy's) a GIRL! You love HER! LOL
      Got her at Dillon's Market Place. $3!!

      ~ Your Baby Sis

  5. Yes, get the other one. This lamp is perfect and I love little Wiggy, too.

  6. Yes... you should definitely see if the other one is still there! The first one turned out great! When I first clicked over to your page I didn't even realize it had been painted... I thought it was the real deal!

  7. definitely get the other one, love how it turned out and the texture inside the shade

  8. Very pretty and that little owl is sooooo cute!

  9. HiJeannine: What a lovely transformation, and it's a great size for a small side table that usually fits beside the bed. I like this idea--thank you for sharing it. Have a great weekend!

  10. Oh my gosh, just love it and I sure do love your happy accident! What a neat effect.

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  12. ooooops (shhhh) I spelled two words wrong so decided to start over.

    Hey - your site is AMAZING!!!! I jumped on your GFC immediately. I love decor stuff but am not that great at it. I know I will learn a ton of stuff here. Thankyou!!!

  13. Oh yes, you should go pick up that lamp. What a wonderful effect with the looking glass paint! You may have started a real trend here!

  14. I just have to ask, did Mr. Concrete have an unfortunate incident with a bedside lamp in his childhood that scarred him for life : ) ? Anyway, I can see how your adorable lamp won him over, wonderful transformation!!

    1. LOL, maybe he did :) But the way he loads his bedside table with junk, I assume he never found one he liked enough to sacrifice precious inches of junk space! Gotta love him...
      Thanks for stopping by!!

      ~ Jeannine

  15. Turned out great! Love the texture on the inside! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

  16. What a transformation! It looks great. I think I have an old desk lamp around somewhere I could try this one. Can't wait!

    I would love it if you would share this at my new Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

    Have a great day!

  17. I love your blog and all your projects , I will admit I have copied several.
    Saw this post yesterday and LOVE it. I just wonder your secret with the Lookimg glass spray ,I have wasted several cans, as it is so runny and I just get drips.Do you mind sharing your tips.
    I have to tell you I laughed so hard when I read your post about yourself ,I am a nurse also and have no filters!

    1. I think the "no filter" is probably an occupational hazard of almost all nurses. Lovely to know I'm not the only one :)
      The only tip I can think of with the looking glass spray, is just make sure you're applying it in thin layers. It generally won't drip unless there's too much applied at once. (I supposed also keeping your project flat, if that's possible, till it's dry would help too) My only other thought is maybe the sprayer is clogged or defective causing it to spray wrong...
      Hope any of that helps! So glad you stopped by!!!

      ~ Jeannine

  18. Love the lamp, but I really love the owl! Too cute. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Redoux. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Wishing you a grand weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  19. Love your happy accident ... and love your fun post! Oh, and you hooked me with Hedwig. I'm the biggest Potter geek around!



  20. I LOVE your cute new pharmacy lamp! It looks adorable on your beside table :)

  21. Well done, it looks terrific! Hugs! P.S. my new giveaway started, stop by and get your entry in!

  22. love the lamp and that was a great idea with the looking glass paint, i think you should rescue another!

  23. 99.9% of things I buy (and bring in the house) I get the same question from my husband: why did you buy this? Then when I finish my projects he asks me: where did you get that?...uhm...remember that nasty, ugly thing I bought...
    I never fails! Love the lamp new up-do :)

  24. That is super! Looks like an old pharmacy lamp. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  25. I love it!! Love how the inside bubbled too - how cool is that? And yes! Go get the other one. New follower.

  26. Yes, Jeannine,you NEED a pair of those lamps. Hustle over and get the second one right now!

  27. depends... what's on your bednight stand???

    Genial lamp makeover. Came out really nice. Thank you for sharing it with us at our linky party at

  28. I love it! Can't wait to try your new technique. And, Yes go get that lamp! Thanks for sharing at the Creative Corner Hop.

    Holly's Stamping Addiction

  29. I love your lamp! I can hardly believe it's the same lamp! You did a great job transforming it! :)

  30. Great redo on the lamp! I like that new paint technique you created! The thrifty finds & the remake in the previous post are adorable!

  31. Oh I love it. How cute is this. The oil rubbed paint texture on the inside is fabulous. I think you should rescue the other one. Wonderful vignette too. Hugs, Marty

  32. Absolutely, go right now!!! ... Love this makeover! Looks like something from a high end shop! .... Now go get that other lamp, hurry!


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