We interrupt all this roofing talk (oh, but don’t worry, there will soon be more!) to bring you this tale of a bargain lamp, a new technique attempt and a (mostly) happy final result. And now, I bring you another lamp story ….
I found this lamp at Pier 1, marked down to $27 from $60 and sold “as is.” I made sure it worked and asked someone working there why it was marked down.
I was told that it was marked down because the shade was so stained.
I decided to attempt stenciling, which I am very inexperienced with. This is really only the third thing I’ve ever stenciled, and the other two were flat. So armed with some Martha Steward craft paint in colors I thought would go with my new pillows (see my “Thank you, Antonia” post), I got to work.
I mostly wanted to paint over that stain with silver, which I did. I eyeballed the spacing of the stencils, so they are a little off and on weird angles, but overall, I’m happy with the result. And, as discussed yesterday on a podcast with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (to be posted shortly) — artistic mistakes will happen. I can always buy a new lampshade, and now I basically know how to stencil! What do you think?