Happy August Y’all! Soooo excited to share my Vintage Owl Lamp Makeover with you!
Do you remember the office makeover? You know, the one where I have been Stripping Multiple Layers of Paint, Fixing Cracks in Door Panels & Repairing a Patched Plaster Ceiling. Yep, that one. It is STILL going on and I may lose my mind soon! The project that was doomed from the beginning. After starting this room makeover, I had sinus surgery, fractured my elbow and my husband had major heart surgery and there were a few more things sprinkled in there for added measure. When it rains, it pours!
I started out enthusiastic, had a plan, even an Olioboard. After multiple derailments, it was like pulling nails out with my teeth every time I worked on this room. To distract myself (humm hoarding?) I started thrifting quite a bit. Of course, I was looking for some really cool stuff for the office. (every hoarder has an plan). Finding cool cheap vintage stuff with potential really spurs me on. One fine day on a Goodwill run through, I spied these little owl faces looking down at me from the top shelf. I immediately knew what I would do to it! This vintage owl lamp was perfect for the top of the file cabinet in the office.
I was so excited that I even took pictures of it in the parking lot and posted on Facebook.
Not everyone share my vision for this 1970’s beauty complete with an ashtray! And the lampshade oh my, still had the plastic on it and was crusty and scary.
Okay so, I get REALLY excited when I find something like this, and then I get home to a gigantic mess.
The kind of mess that I have always feared. Where you move everything out of one room into another so you can make it pretty and suddenly other stuff is added and things start getting dirty and smelly. Then I start to question my sanity and wonder if maybe I might be going crazy and then I have the urge to pack up EVERYTHING and donate it.
OKAY get a GRIP already! Go buy a can of gloss white RUST-OLEUM, a new lamp shade and finial and create the masterpiece that is in your mind!
But first, let’s check out how it looks in it’s future home…
Check it out! Pretty cool huh? I am getting excited all over again! And yes, you see a painted wall with some stenciling going on! Making progress baby!
Now for some up-cycling magic. RUST-OLEUM here we come…
Can you believe the difference all ready? The trick to spray painting is to keep it light. Just spray light coats, allow each coat to dry and do it again, over and over until you are happy!
So happy RUST-OLEUM has this Paint and Primer in One! Saved $ and Saved a step!
Now to add the finishing touches. This tweed lampshade from Lowes and a Clear Crystal Finial from Garden Ridge will complete the look and make this $5.00 Vintage Owl Lamp look like a masterpiece.
So Happy this little corner is taking shape and looking GOOD!
Just curious, if you saw this lamp for $5.00, would you snatch it?
What would you do with it?
Stay tuned for another office update soon including more vintage thrift store finds!