Friday, December 14, 2012

DIY Fail?

I purchased the lamps below at a flea market 6 years ago. They've been trusty bedside lamps until recently when I moved them into my living room for extra lighting (please excuse the terrarium...I have no other spot that gets enough sun for my son's scorpions).

After the move I decided the shades weren't right, so I thought...paint them gold.

Off to Michael's....I like Martha Stewart's paint selection. While Max, my little monkey, kept busy with his blocks, I painted. I was really liking the warm sheen initially, but then disaster strikes. Do you think I'd do a small test section first? Not I said the fly...instead half way through painting said shade I turn on the lamp. Yikes! It looks like a serious case of lampshade mange (see way below)!

So now, do I just hide the ugly side like it never happened or do I try to repair the botched job?!? Hmmm, we'll see. I'm leaning toward moving forward...


  1. Sigh. I've made this mistake before. I think it may be time to remove the fabric and start afresh. Something dark would be sooo good on these.

  2. That's hilarious. I thought, it doesn't looks so bad. Then, like you said, I scrolled all the way down and cracked up. Bummer!