June 30, 2011

before & after / tacky lamp



First things first--I have a deep love for all things tacky.  The quirkiness of something that's so hideous makes me love it just a little more; it's sort of like a pug or a hairless cat.  (No offense to those of you out there that own either animal.)

I found this gloriously ugly lamp at Goodwill for $6.  It sat in my basement, waiting for a spot to shine its gaudy little self for a year or so until I realized how badly I needed more light on my desk.  A few coats of spray paint and a $30 lamp shade later, and I've got a one-of-a-kind lamp that could almost pass as pretty.  

9 comments:

margaret @ nightingale handmade said...

I love it. My husband often shakes his head at my Goodwill purchases...he doesn't know what a few coats of paint will do! I love the desk you have the lamp sitting on, too.

Bridget said...

amazing transformation. i hated it and then i loved it.

Marian said...

I love the way it turned out!!

nikaela marie said...

perfect.

Elise / Pennyweight said...

ha!! you are hilarious. love this!

Ms. Habit said...

wow, I would have never thought of white spray paint! And I agree, sometimes when those hideous thrift finds sit around long enough, they end up finding their perfect lot in the house eventually. Looks lovely. Great job on carrying out your creative hunch.

Al said...

genius!

Lausi said...

Goodness... it's amazing how you turned this into such a "beauty" :)

Love it.

*rushes off to browse through your blog for more awesome ideas*

christina said...

what a great (and pretty simple) idea. i see tons of these and you've made this look stunning! thanks for the tip.

you really have a beautiful blog. so clean and your layouts are beautiful. newest follower, right here!