Well, now that the power is restored, I can finish this post! This weekend, I was supposed to be back in my hometown, having lunch with my sister and nieces and getting ready for my high school reunion. I cancelled the trip so I could spend time with Irene. Not by choice of course. If I had taken the trip, with the way my imagination runs, the hurricane would have demolished my home, leaving me feeling guilty about leaving my family behind. Instead, I stayed to ride out the storm with everyone.
Of course, Irene wasn’t as bad as predicted. In fact, it was anti-climatic. We lost a tree and had a mess to clean up, lost power for almost three days, but in light of what could have happened, we were very fortunate.
Anyways, so what does one do when I have a day of nothing planned? I could have painted a closet, worked on a guest room, or just watched the weather channel all day. Instead, I decided to work on a lamp a friend gave to me to play with and see what kind of fun I could have.
Here’s the lamp. I guess you would call it a tobacco jar lamp, or a ginger jar lamp. I’m gonna call it a hurricane lamp since I worked on it before the hurricane blew the lights out.
a tobacco jar lamp
I wasn’t sure how I would make it look different aside from just spray painting it another color. I knew I wanted it to have an aged effect, and I want it to coordinate with a room I will be re-doing for my friend, so I picked up a bunch of different things from the local arts and crafts store and ordered some Tatouage
. I’ve not played with Tatouage before, but found it while I was looking for ceramic transfers. I am now a big fan of Tatouage. After toweling the lamp with brown acryllic, I added the leaves…
After applying the “painted on” leaves, I liked the effect, but wanted to give the lamp a little more character…
adding an aged effect
can’t forget the base 🙂
I’m a blender when it comes to paint finishes – can’t just have one color. Below are the materials I worked with on this little project – including the used papertowels – a simple way to add some texture.
and finally – the finished lamp! It’s not staying here, so I may just have to go thrifting for a lamp just for me 😉
a “new” old lamp
What do you think? How have you repurposed a lamp before? Check back in and I’ll show you what I’ve done with some branches which blew off a tree 😉