This op shop lamp had good bones, I could see its potential and at only $15 in my local Lifeline store, I snaffled it up pronto a few weeks ago. My husband was a little unsure at first but encouraging as always. He loves it now - he walked past the lamp the other night not long after I had finished it - pointing at the lamp, and in the loudest voice, he said "That is @%$#ing awesome!". Totally cracked me up that he was so passionate about a lamp, of all things.
But it is amazing how much of a difference a bit of paint and a newly recovered shade can make. Bye, bye terracotta - I've got nothing against you, but my lamp looks so much nicer in glossy white. And the new bamboo print shade is so lovely with the light filtering through it at night time. I was going to put the lamp in our guest bedroom but it does add a cosy, warm glow to this little corner of our living room.
Later in the week I will post on how to recover a lampshade in case you may like to try your own lamp makeover or recover an old shade you have become bored with. It's cheap, it's easy(ish), and will be one of a kind. Got to love that.
Images: Olive & Joy