by Spring Meese
Description: How to transform an old lamp into a new work of art.
When the old lamp from my children's room was turning decidedly
"trash-worthy", a grand idea formed and kept me from tossing it out.
Originally, it had been such a darling lamp - it had magically transformed the
room into spinning stars and moons at bedtime. My boys were enthralled
Well, as the boys grew, so did their access advantage to the lamp. The
inner spinning mylar cylinder with the moon and star designs turned
into a mangled, crumpled, ripped up piece of multi-colored plastic. There
was nothing salvageable there. What was left, however, was a perfectly
functional light and a plain wooden frame that held four blank canvas
panels. Since I couldn't possibly throw a working lamp away no matter
how plain and ugly it was - I had to jazz it up!
Here's how I did it:
1. I "washed" the canvas panels with a "butter cream" colored
bottled acrylic diluted with water using a 2" brush. To create a weave
pattern, I first made vertical strokes on all four panels then went back
and did horizontal strokes.
2. I carefully painted the wooden frame with a dark brown bottled
acrylic using a small artists' brush. (if you're not confident with
your painting skill - use painters tape on the canvas panels to avoid
getting the brown paint on them)
3. As soon as the frame and panels were dry, I planned my stencil
placement and then taped the stencil in place using masking tape.
4. I chose a Chocolate color in a Delta Stencil Cream. After
removing all excess paint from my stencil brush on a paper towel, I
stenciled the design on all four panels using a circular motion. I used a
design from our Plaster Petite's Line, set #1.
5. For the finishing touch - I used four pretty finials that I
attached to the four corners of the frame with white glue. If you don't
happen to have any finials hanging around your house - check out your
local home store. You'll find great finials in the window treatment aisle
OR try a really awesome decorative drawer pull for the top! Get
creative! Elegant or funky! Just don't move the lamp until the glue is
completely dry or you will have four falling off finials!
That's all there is to our "Old Lamp Re-Make" - we hope you enjoyed
this project! For more totally awesome stenciling make-over and
re-decorating ideas, visit our website http://www.simplyspring.com often!
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