On one of my many Goodwill trips I spotted the perfect gold lamp that just had to come home with me. Lamps are one of the many items that I hunt for at thrift stores. Especially the 80's gold ones that have great bones and are easily paintable. The best part about this recent lamp I spotted was it's price tag, $5.00!
Before I did anything with the lamp I plugged it in to make sure it worked. How crappy would that have been if I did all the work to find out the lamp didn't work? I grabbed a light bulb, plugged in the lamp, flipped the switch and nothing, nada. Something about this lamp reminded me of my grandparents house and I remembered something. All I had to do was tap the side and it instantly lit up (my grandmother had one of these lamps). One more tap and it got brighter and brighter again. I don't know who was more excited about this lamp, me or the kids. I yelled to them that mommy had a "magic" lamp and they could not get over the fact that it came on with a tap.
After I knew it worked I applied Rub 'n Buff, but that was a total fail. It was smudgy and just looked horrible. So, I resorted to plan B, spray paint!
I grabbed tape, 2 plastic grocery bags, spray paint and a large clear bag and headed outside to spray the lamp. I always use the same method when spraying lamps. I tie the cord up in one bag and tape it at the base where the cord comes out of the lamp. The second bag gets wrapped around the top of the lamp and taped. Then I just apply a few thin light coats of spray paint and it's done.
I put the lamp temporarily in my daughter's room, but she loves being able to tap the light on and off that I don't think she's going to let me take it out. The other lamp I shared yesterday was also a Goodwill find that was spray painted.
Either option will work in her room and the fact that they both cost under $10.00 is a steal!