One Saturday, Vince and I happened to drive by a garage sale that had two tall 1950’s torchiere lamps, looking ugly as can be, but calling out to us for help. I love finding sad looking pieces with good bones and I’m never one to back down from a design challenge! So we hopped out of the car and started negotiations. Lucky us – we got them both for a whopping $20.00 (with a cute pink and silver women’s ring thrown in for good measure!) and were on our way.
First things first. Puke green/yellow may be the color choice of some, but personally I like my décor to be inviting, not look like somebody’s regurgitated baby peas. Off to the home store to pick colors! And of course we chose silver and purple… our favorite colors. We picked up two new glass lamp shades as well.
Next it’s on to spray paint. I used a silver metallic, along with the best invention ever… a spray paint handle! Those of you who have used a spray paint can without one, then had sore and painful fingers for days after, know what I mean. It’s a lifesaver! Or a finger saver, which is just as important. I need my digits to be happy!
Time for some pop of color. Hello Purple, my dear friend! I hand-painted this section because I wanted a thickness that I couldn’t get with spray paint.
Here’s where the secret trick is implemented. By using a small sponge and dark black wood stain, I lightly brushed the stain over the entire surface to give a good “antiqued” look. The cool part is that you can be very liberal with the stain and start dark, then with a dry section of the sponge, start lightly wiping away until you have the desired look you’re after. I wanted just a touch… enough to look like a patina. Make sure to let it slightly dry before wiping, or you’ll wipe off everything you just spread on.
Voila! New life for a beautiful set of torchiere lamps. Thank you, garage sale lady!
As a side note, I found that the lamps are actually National Home brand lamps, which are in high demand on the resale market. We sold both shades that we replaced for $40.00 and made a profit of $20.00 for the privilege of restoring the lamps!