Last summer, as the Bean and I were out for a morning walk I spied two horribly gaudy brass lamps sitting out for the garbage.
I stared at the lamps for months trying to come up with a plan. I loved the shape and thought about painting them turquoise and then coral and then I became obsessed with trying to make them look like mercury glass.
I have read many DIY tutorials for making glass look like mercury glass BUT these were brass. So, I began to experiment. I plopped them on a box in the backyard and dug into the spray paint. I began by covering them with a metallic silver which was far too glossy and then busted out the bronze and added it in short spurts which gave this dark dappling that I ended up loving.
At some point during the process, the lampshades were broken but I found these gems on clearance at Target.
I thought they were plain white drum shades (which is what I wanted) with a printed lining but when I plugged them in the lining shows through and they look like a printed linen which is more than I could have asked for.
I am in love with them and well since lamps are one of those things that are ridiculously overpriced (right along with underwear and wrapping paper), adding these to the bedroom for under $20 is a win win!