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Before and After: Gold Lamps

Can I toot my own horn a bit?

I am absolutely thrilled with the way these lamps turned out, and that’s not a word I use often.  I would have to venture to say that these lamps are probably one of my best finds & makeovers hands down (so far, of course).  I loved the size and texture to begin with, and the refinishing just took it up another level.  

I decided to keep the wood base since I think it definitely makes them look unique, and I like the fact that there are variations in the wood grain on each lamp (the one on the right is not quite as dark in person).

I think the texture really makes the gold finish stand out, too.  

Remember the before?

Unfortunately, these will not be in my Etsy store, because I’m keeping them for my bedroom, whose plan I hope to share with you in the coming weeks (once it’s done).  I’m taking this as a sign that I’m headed in the right direction . . .  

I’m linking this to:

DIY Day @ A Soft Place To Land
Trash to Treasure @ Reinvented
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed

37 Comments on Before and After: Gold Lamps

  1. Destination Seaborn
    March 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm (9 years ago)

    GET OUTTA HERE! Those look fabulous! How did you do that? Wow!
    Congrats on going back to school! Best wishes to you! Lisa

  2. Swtpee100
    March 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm (9 years ago)


  3. Kirsten Sue
    March 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm (9 years ago)

    Love them! You have totally inspired me to find some old lamps and pain them. Awesome!

  4. Q.
    March 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm (9 years ago)

    i love the new lamp look!

  5. Claire Watkins, ASID allied
    March 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm (9 years ago)

    Uhm…yes, you can toot your horn! They look dynamite! Way to go! And I love that you left the wood base exposed, mixing the gilded and the organic looks wonderful. What are you going to do for a shade?!

  6. Full House
    March 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm (9 years ago)

    that’s all I have to say.

    Oh and that I would keep them too and what kind of gold paint did you use?

  7. Dayka (Life +Style)
    March 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm (9 years ago)

    Thanks everyone for the compliments!

    I’m thinking of using a black rectangular shade, and used a Rustoleum paint.

    @ Christina–I love “”! 🙂

  8. Dreams of Perfection
    March 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm (9 years ago)

    WOW! THe gold has them looking VERY high end. I love them. Absolutely freakishly love them. They are def. FAB!

  9. Design A-Peele
    March 8, 2010 at 3:01 pm (9 years ago)

    thanks for following me! so sweet! those lamps REALLY came out well!!

  10. Beth@The Stories of A to Z
    March 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm (9 years ago)

    LOL on the and I couldn’t agree more. You had some serious vision for these babies. They look great and I look forward to seeing your new bedroom once complete!

    March 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm (9 years ago)

    Girl!!!! these turned out great! I’m so glad that you went with gold instead of yellow! WOW…

    Now I need to find some lamps to spray paint STAT!

  12. Tamstyles
    March 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm (9 years ago)

    hot damn!!!!! I agree..dont sell those bad boys.

  13. thelennoxx
    March 8, 2010 at 6:35 pm (9 years ago)

    What a fab makeover! What did you use, gold spray? paint? I can see why you are keeping these two. I also loooved the owl lamp makeover you did =)

  14. Terry
    March 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm (9 years ago)

    I like the gold. Picking out shades gives me the shivers.

  15. Jen T
    March 9, 2010 at 12:20 am (9 years ago)

    Your lamps are beautiful and remind me of hammered metal..very nice!! Thank you for the paint tip too – I’ll try Michael’s tomorrow.

  16. LizO
    March 9, 2010 at 12:38 am (9 years ago)

    It’s nice to see that gold (not brass) is coming back and I keep seeing it more and more.

    Those are tre fab! Love them and I think you used the right project for gold. It really does show the texture.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:46 am (9 years ago)

    Ok so you seam to be a lamp makeover queen! Help me please! I have this lamp, I thought was great…but now I’m lost. Can I send you a pic, and you give me a tip or two 😉
    Thanks, Nikki

  18. Tamstyles
    March 9, 2010 at 1:32 am (9 years ago)

    leave the boots alone…i returned them…feet murder

  19. carlee
    March 9, 2010 at 8:56 am (9 years ago)

    total score! they look perfect and I can’t wait to seem them in your space!

  20. The Neglected Nest
    March 9, 2010 at 10:44 am (9 years ago)

    I’m not big on gold, but I LOVE them! You have a great vision for what things can become. Great job!

  21. Mrs. Chic
    March 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm (9 years ago)

    Those look so fresh! and i’m not a huge fan of gold – love it

  22. paula
    March 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm (9 years ago)

    these are gorgeous!

  23. Laura
    March 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm (9 years ago)

    These are fabulous. Great job!

  24. autumn
    March 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm (9 years ago)

    the texture totally makes these lamps WORK. love them. however, i still hate that you find such awesome stuff at thrift stores! argh. i think of you every time i leave a thrift store empty-handed.
    but in a good way.

  25. Dayka (Life +Style)
    March 9, 2010 at 11:39 pm (9 years ago)

    thank, thanks, thanks!

    autumn, i’d gladly trade my finds for your portfolio!!! 🙂

  26. Cristi
    March 10, 2010 at 11:30 pm (9 years ago)

    OMG!!! I’m in love at first sight…or is that second sight. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!!

    xo, Cristi

  27. Sabrina
    March 12, 2010 at 9:36 am (9 years ago)

    Snazzy new lamps! The gold makes them look like something you would find in the stores right now. Great job. Black shades to top them off maybe??

  28. Mrs. DeVore
    March 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm (9 years ago)

    Love those! The gold really makes a nice statement!

  29. Redesign Diva
    March 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm (9 years ago)

    Ok MS. Midas touch..! those are hot!

  30. MarytheKay
    March 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh my WORD. Those look amazing! And I think black rectangular shades will be the perfect touch!! I can’t wait to see your bedroom makeover! I am smack dab in the middle of my own bedroom makeover…

  31. Danika Herrick
    March 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm (9 years ago)

    Genius! Love these! Posting them on my blog!

  32. Jack and Annie
    March 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm (9 years ago)

    HOLY COW those are stunning! I cant wait to see them in the space!

  33. Design Darling
    March 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm (9 years ago)

    such a cool project! can’t wait to sit down and properly read through your blog. off to check out your etsy shop now!

  34. BellaLovesPink
    April 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm (9 years ago)

    just found a pair of these lamps on Craigslist that I want to pick up for our bedroom (yellow in color but definitely same maker b/c of the wood base). I love what you did w/ the paint!


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