Monday, March 26, 2012

Let There Be Light

A few weeks back, I showed you an old porch balustrade that was all chippy and crusty.  I had been using it as a candle stick.  I wanted to turn it into a lamp and here it is!

Here is what I started out with, below....

 
While I loved the chippy look of the paint, the chips were actually so loose, they would fall off at the slightest touch.  So, I stripped it and sanded it, leaving just the right amount of layers of old paint on it.

You can see some blue, beige and white paint layers along with the old aged wood in the picture above.

Now, because this was going to be a lamp, I needed a wider base, so it wouldn't topple over with a shade on top.

Mr. Comforts had a great old piece of wood that a friend had given him.  He cut it the right size for a base.

But, now the edges had new wood showing.


First I sanded the edges smooth.  Then, I rubbed wet coffee grounds on all of the exposed edges...see the picture below.  The edges look like the top of the base now.


Next, I need to try to replicate the painted layers of the balustrade. First I painted a layer of Louis Blue on the base.  I just dabbed it on thickly in spots and let it dry.


Next, I dabbed on some Old White in the same manor.


Once that was dry, I sanded it and use a dark stain wax over the base, and clear wax over the rest of the lamp.  I think it blended in nicely.


This was a fun project.  I added a linen shade.  I actually have another, so there is a pair.  They will be heading to my booth this week sometime.....if I can part with them.  I think they would look wonderful on my sofa table :-).
Welcome Home,
Penny

36 comments:

  1. Penny, The lamps turned out wonderful and it would be hard for me to part with them. Very PB and Ballards! Hugs, Sherry

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  2. I don't know how you can part with them. They are so unique and wonderful! Thanks for the tips...now I want to go shopping for chippy balustrades.

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  3. You've definitely earned two thumbs up from me on this one, Penny!

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  4. Penny, those lamps are just awesome! Fabulous job!!!

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  5. Hi Penny,
    Oh no, you can't part with these..they are just so perfect! I love them..I think you should keep them.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

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  6. Very good job! I love the chippy look of them.

    angie

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  7. I love it. Great job with the paint and coffee.

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  8. Hello Penny!
    They look gorgeous.
    You're a makeover-artist.
    Thank you for sharing your ideas.
    I will not forget the table.
    Hugs from germany
    Miriam

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  9. The lamp(s) look great, Penny! I love finding new uses for old things.

    Have a great day!

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  10. Great for you booth! Can hardly wait to see it.

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  11. I love your cleverness! More, I love how you share directions!!! You make me think even I could do this, lol...
    Sandi

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  12. These would look great in my old house. You sure did a wonderful job of marrying the base to the balustrade.

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  13. What beautiful lamps Penny! You are just amazing. I would have probably left it as a candlestick but you always know how to take it one step further.

    Gretchen
    birdnestcottage.net

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  14. Beautiful! I just love how it turned out. I'm sure the pair are quite striking.

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  15. Penny it turned out fabulous!! I want one!:)

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  16. That turned out so neat! Did you have to run the cord through the wood? I was hoping you would show how you turned it into a lamp electrically. I've never made my own lamp before.

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  17. You have so many fascinating activities~

    ☺Hope

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  18. Wonderful and unique! Was it hard to drill all the way up through that long balustrade for the wiring?

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  19. Love it, Penny! Very Restoration Hardware! : ) Maybe you could keep them around for a little while, before you bring them to the booth.

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  20. This lamp is FABULOUS! I love lamps, and especially unique ones. I'd really like to assemble a lamp like yours! Thanks for such lovely inspiration.
    -Revi - a new follower!
    www.revisionarylife.blogspot.com

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  21. Once again you've worked your magic. The lamp is great.

    Darla

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  22. Fantastic post! Your lamp (along with your talent) is absolutely awesome. I'm so inspired by you!

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  23. I love anything with chippy white paint. You turned this into a unique and beautiful, one-of-a kind piece!
    Thanks for linking it to cowgirl up!
    ♥Linsey

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  24. Great lamps. If I was you, I don't think I would be able to part with them.

    Have a great week.

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  25. Good job Penny, The wood added for the base was perfect after you aged it the way you did. I bet they won't last long in your booth.

    I would have loved to shop at your yard sale. It is no surprise to me that you sold everything 'fast.' I agree that it is way too much work.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  26. Looks so pretty! Love all your cheerful colors in the background, too.

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  27. Wow!! That is amazing and I love this project; it's beautiful!! How did you drill a hole in that so long? my drill bits are not that long. Just curious, because I would love to make one, if I got the right piece to work with.

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  28. You are so talented...the lamp is so interesting!! Love all the layers!

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  29. This is a beautiful, vintage chippy treasure! I think you should send at least one up here to me penny-lol! xo chris

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  30. Penny, what a great lamp!! That was a clever way to repurpose the balustrade! I love all the distressing and the layers of paint showing. Great job!

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  31. I love this! I've always wanted to transform an item into a lamp, and what a perfect choice. Love the patina and you did a great job matching the wood base! Excited to be your newest follower!!

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  32. That is a wonderful piece! You are so talented Penny! Truly!
    Love,
    Sue

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  33. What a wonderful lamp! You did a great job. No one would know it wasn't a lamp with a base.
    ~Adrienne~

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