Thursday, 10 March 2011

Lamp - extreme makeover

Do you remember the huge red lamp that was in our TV-room?
I'll refresh your memory:

Unfortunately, it was no great beauty - the colors were just too vibrant. Nevertheless, I had some qualms about throwing it away because I suspected it was good quality. Some time in the eighties or nineties it probably cost a great deal, considering how big it is - the lampshade was almost 70 centimeters (28”) in diameter.
After I showed a photo of it here on the blog, I was given some good tips about spray painting it, and as that sounded like a good idea, I went off to the hardware store to look at their selection of paint. I found a colour to my liking, and took it home to try it out. The result?
Ta daa!

Isn’t it cool? I am just so pleased with the result, especially since I found a suitable lampshade for it on sale at half price.

The spray paint I used was black Hammerite. It looks a bit like hammered metal, but the colour is more dark grey-brown than black, I think.

The spray was very easy to use, you just had to be careful not apply too much at a time, otherwise the colour would start to run. We gave it five or six coats with ten-minute intervals. Beforehand, we had used masking tape on the cord and the lamp holder.

In the evening, it gives off a nice warm glow, and creates exactly the mood I was looking for in a TV-room. We are now nearly finished washing away the soot there. A new carpet is in place, and the furniture is back in the room again. There are only a few small details remaining and the room will ready to accept visitors.

If you have not already done so, then hurry up and sign up for my giveaway where you can win a fantastic enamel sign from Ramsign. There are still a few hours left until I close the competition.
Good luck!


  1. I LOVE that lampshade! Where did you find it?

  2. Wow...just checked out your lamp on 'Better After'. Fantastic! I have been using hammered brown on a number of items (really love it). If you get a chance...did you get your material for the shade in a store or on line...the whole transformation is beautiful.

  3. Hi, and thanks for the nice comments. :-)
    I bought the shade in a Norwegian shop called Lampehuset. They have a web shop, but I'm not sure whether they'll ship overseas. However, it's always worth asking them, if you really want it.
    Here is their url:
    The shade is called "Latte NL"

  4. What a remarkable transformation! The lamp looks so different--I really like it.

  5. Wow! the lamps looks awesome and elegant. Great Job! I love it.