Elise from Creativity in DIY is back with another one of her rescues. She got this vintage 1980’s standing lamp from a friend about a year ago. As you can see from the bottom half, it was originally purple.
If you are thinking Elise painted it brown, think again! I’ll let Elise take it away and explain her process: “I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it until I read about a woman who refinished her old wood floors in an unusual way—with brown wrapping paper, Elmer’s glue, wood stain and varnish. So, I decided to cover the painted surface of the lamp the same way as a test to see how it would look. I tore small pieces of brown wrapping paper (approx. 2″) in irregular shapes, put them in a bowl of warm water to soak for about 30 minutes and then dipped each piece in a mixture of water and Elmer’s glue–just enough water added to a bowl of glue to make it a bit thinner and easier to use ( I used craft glue) Then I placed each piece randomly on the lamp, overlapping each section as I glued it on. I added a light coat of glue over the top for a slightly glossy look.”
How fun to see an alternative to paint! Elise also made the lampshade by crafting roses from old curtain panels and sewing them onto her shade. She’s one crafty lady indeed. Check it out at Creativity in DIY!