As I’ve blogged before, our house is very neutral, gray neutral. We need color. I bought this lamp for $3 at Goodwill and it literally sat in our garage for about a month. Now that I have more time on my hands, I finally did something about it.
Buying lamps from Goodwill is always tricky, you have to inspect it really well to make sure that it still works. And since I don’t carry light bulbs around with me, I inspected the outlet plug and the light socket. Everything looked intact so I gambled a bit and scrounged up a whopping $3. I was debating painting the lamp for a solid 3 minutes. I loved the color for a small lamp for a baby boys room but since Andy and I aren’t at that point in our life, I decided to paint it instead of hoarding it. I am a natural hoarder, Andy hates it. But I hang onto everything. It’s hard for me to give things up. It could be a newspaper that I saved for spray painting purposes but a year later, it’s still sitting there in the garage, untouched. I think part of the reason I hoard is because of my upbringing. Anyways, that’s a different post topic.
So I decided on painting this guy in order to utilize it on our entry table. First step was priming. I just used a spray primer.
Next I went to Lowe’s to pick out a color. Lowe’s only had the basic colors in spray paint form. I could have custom made a color but it seemed too expensive for my $3 lamp. So I simply picked a color from the Martha Stewart line (the color was Yellow Magnolia) and got a sample bottle for $2 or so and went to town. I just used a regular paint brush and applied two coats to ensure full coverage. I also got the lamp shade from Target for $10.
So there it is, the first burst of color our house received. I’m hoping it’s inspiration for the rest of the house.