Monday, July 23, 2012

And then there was (a pretty) light.

Our guest bedroom had not bedside lamps. This is not the end of the world, nor anything close to it. However, should my guests need to get up in the middle of the night, it would be nice/convenient to be able to turn on a bedside light instead of stumbling through the room and turning on the main light, especially if there might be a sleeping ( and wanting to stay asleep) spouse next them. 
I wanted to put our "old" bedside lamps with the guest bed, but that would have left us lampless, and I didn't want to pay an arm and a leg for decent looking lamps. Now I know I'm sure many people have had this idea, and have done this re-make, but I thought I will share it either way. Anyways, it's my blog, I can share what I want. 
So I bought these two very shiny faux gold lamp stands (shades not included) at Value Village (aka Savers for those in the States). I really dislike extremely glossy things and I dislike gold lamp stands. But I liked the shape and the fact that they were matching and the fact that I got both for a total of $9. 
Keep in mind, for this type of project, the lamp stands don't need to be the same shape, they should looks similar and be of similar height, but I think if they were slightly different, that would give it a really cool character! I also picked up two lampshades for 6 dollars (though I could have gotten them for $4 but that's another storey)
I went to Home Depot and bought a can of spray paint in anodized bronze, which is this amazing flat purple-bronzey-grey. I applied several coats to the base and set those out to dry. I then created  ribbon out of some leftover fabric by folding a strip into thirds, ironing it flat, sewing it and then hot gluing a strip at the top and bottom of each shade. 
I was thinking about attaching a fabric flower of two...but it was too much. sometimes simple is just better. Now all I need are night stands to replace the stools that my beautiful lamps are standing on. that will have to be another project. 

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