From Old to Gold!

Thought I’d share a quick lamp makeover I did this week.  We are in the process of making over our guest room – lots of projects.  Gage is moving back home for his first year of graduate school (we are soooooo excited to have our Bubba back! – even if only for a little while).  Since he will be here for a while we are making over our butter yellow floral guest room to something a little more fitting for a smarty pants little bit geeky grad student. ha!  Anyway, with this makeover, there has been some furniture movements – we are moving our old (big) armoire from the guest room to our master bedroom.  More on that later, but part of creating this new space in our master bedroom means we are losing a shelf that has a lamp on it.  And this particular corner of the room is rather dark so I’ve been jonesing for one of those trendy gold floor lamps.  Inspirations…  Starting from LEAST expensive to most…

I like this one but I want the neck to be completely straight - no bend.

1. I like this one but I want the neck to be completely straight – no bend.

I LOVE this one - Target, you kill me!

2. I LOVE this one – Target, you kill me!

I'd totally buy this one too (if we were rich...ha!).  I love metal shades!

3. I’d totally buy this one too (if we were rich…ha!). I love metal shades!

Another Target win!

4. Another Target win!

That little metal shade and fancy base make this one of my faves.

5. That little metal shade and fancy base make this one of my faves.

After lots of research, this one was one of my top picks!

6. After lots of research, this one was one of my top picks!

And just for reference - this is an actual vintage mid-century piece... Nice, but I'd never pay the nearly one THOUSAND dollar price!

7. And just for reference – this is an actual vintage mid-century piece… Nice, but I’d never pay the nearly one THOUSAND dollar price!

Obviously I can’t go out and spend $500 bucks on a lamp… For realz…  We have had this old floor lamp hanging around our house for years.  It was less than 10 bucks from Target – and I just checked, they still have them there!  For 8.99!  I think it may have been Matt’s before we were married… then it was in our old den for a while… then Milo’s nursery… and since we moved last year, it has been stuffed in the guest room closet with a ton of other storage items.

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So I grabbed some gold spray paint from Home Depot ($7) and headed out back to spray it down.

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I went ahead and painted the plastic shade as well to give the whole thing a metallic look – like #4 & #5 above.  I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but gave it a shot.  Here it is:

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In the end I preferred it with a shade though.  Like my favorites, #2 & #6 above.  You could use any plain shade or grab one from ikea or target for 10-15 bucks.  We already have a few lying around here from various other lamps.

Winner:

I love it!

I love it!

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I’m purposely not sharing this section of our room yet.  And I’m sorry about the poorly lit iphone pics.  Once the armoire makeover is done and the we’re finished with this project I’ll post some better pics!

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to spend 250-500 bucks on one of those fancy trendy gold floor lamps.  (Mine is the cheapie third one in the pic below).

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But let’s be honest.  It’s uber trendy and will go out of style before we know it – there isn’t really a point.  I love how this inexpensive refurb turned out.  And once we get the rest of the space done, it’ll fit right in!

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  1. Pingback: Our “new” bedroom armoire | kimberlymungle

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