Thursday, September 1, 2011

Trash to Treasure Thursday ~~ This Little Light of Mine......

My oldest blessing, "M" and I were thrift store shopping when we ran across this lamp. I knew that with a little bit of paint and some distressing that this thing could be beautiful. 
 Trust me...I swooped it up in a hurry.  
A couple of dollars later we were out the door...Literally! 

 The base of the lamp was in perfect condition.  However, the shade had a few creases in it, 
but I'm saving that for another post. 

Look at this Beauty!  

I mean.....Look at those curves!

I pulled out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP).  This paint is Ahh-mazing!  No primer needed.  No sanding needed.  Dries super-de-duper fast!  It was almost time to pick up "lil b" from school, so I quickly slapped the paint on the entire base.I used the color Duck Egg Blue.  My new favorite color!

You can see that the paint has a little bit of texture to it.  
You can also tell that I "slapped" it on, but that is the look I wanted.

By the time I returned home, the paint was dry so it was time to begin the distressing process.  
It is my favorite part of any project I do!!

I was so excited about the way it was turning out!  
It looked sooo stinkin' good!

The next step is sealing the paint with wax.  I prefer to use Annie Sloan Soft Wax.  I covered the entire piece with clear wax, and then quickly brushed on some dark wax.  
You hardly need any dark wax on your brush.  A little goes a long me!  
Occasionally, I would need to wipe off some of the excess dark wax in order to get the desired look.

From start to finish, the painting, distressing and waxing took me less than 3 hours.  That includes waiting for the paint to dry.  It took about 24 hours for the wax to fully dry or "cure" as I call it.  
Once cured, I took a soft cloth and buffed it all over.  
Oh! My! Gosh!  This lamp turned out to be so much more than I thought it could be!!!

See that cream colored armoire behind the lamp base?  
I will be painting it Duck Egg Blue using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the near future.  
No sanding.  No priming.  No problem.  

Bizzi B


  1. That lamp did turn out so stinkin cute. Duck egg is my favorite color too. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party. Please add my link or button. You google shows I am following, however, I do not see my face? Weird.

  2. The lamp is so cute! I love the color that you painted it! Coming over from Debbiedoo's newbie party!

    kelli @

  3. Your lamp turned out absolutely lovely. The color is just beautiful. Would love to see what you do with the lampshade? Thank you for sharing. Enjoy the Day! Bobbie

  4. Fabulous makeover! Love the color! Found you via Debbiedoos newbie party!