When A Lamp is *ALMOST* Perfect: The 3 Minute Fix

This goes under the category my husband likes to call “Things Only Liz Would Do” –

Buying a Brand New Lamp With The Intention of Painting It Immediately. 😉

I do this stuff a lot. And my husband always laughs. “Who buys something just to go around and change it?”

Ummm hellloooo? Have we just met?!

I mean, when you find something that’s *almost* perfect, but just needs a little work, why not, right??

And when I spotted this lamp at Hobby Lobby, I knew the size was PERFECT for our dining room buffet table. I had in my mind a tall, narrow lamp. Which isn’t the easiest to find by the way – the shade couldn’t be big and obstructive. So tall, thin, and smallish shade. Everything I found was too formal for our room. But this beauty was PERFECT!

Well, almost.

The wood was a little too gold for the spot. It sits on a greyish wood tone table, and I knew they wouldn’t exactly look great together. And I could KICK myself – I forgot to take a good before picture! This is all I have – and it looks totally fine in this picture, but just trust me when I say there was just too much wood happening.

buffet table lamp

I knew just the look I imagined. I wanted a one-of-a-kind lamp. One that looked like I picked it up at some cool vintage store. So I grabbed my white craft paint and a fan brush…

lamp makeover

…and barely put any on the brush, and barely applied it to the lamp:

lamp makeover

And it took maybe three minutes, and now we have this!

lamp makeover

table lamp makeover

And now it’s just right.

lamp makeover

So the lesson here, folks: if you see something that’s almost perfect, think if there’s an easy way to make it just right – it may only take you a few minutes and then your search can be over:). AND your piece will be an original!

By the way, it’s going to be in the 60s this weekend here! Anyone else getting Spring Fever and ready to decorate?!!

Have a great weekend! XO


  1. Tiziana Revell says:

    I love it! I look forward to your posts. You are the only blogger I’ve ever subscribed to. I wish you could redo my whole house. 😀

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