A milk painted lamp and other thrifty finds

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful, restful weekend. Last week I was going on and on about the unusual spring-like weather we have been having so far this year. Well, yesterday “Mother Nature” decided to play a cruel joke on us and give us over a foot of snow in one day. I feel better knowing that it is supposed to be warm again next week so hopefully the majority of the snow will melt away.

In my last post I had spoken about my thrifty little hall table that I had painted with milk paint. You can find my previous post here. In case you didn’t know, milk paint is not only for furniture. You can paint almost any porous surface with it. I didn’t mention it last week, but if you would like to use milk paint on a previously finished surface that has been either painted or clear coated, you can also use add a product called Extra Bond to your prepared milk paint. Extra Bond will help to create a strong bond for the milk paint on the surface you are painting.

You can find out more information on milk paint on the Old Fashioned Milk Paint company website, http://www.milkpaint.com/. Be sure to visit their project gallery for some more “eye candy”.



This candlestick buffet lamp above has a twin which I neglected to take a photo of. These lamps were also painted with milk paint a while back. They originally had an aged greenish-gold finish that didn’t really fit in with my decor.




I made up a small batch of cream milk paint to apply and used a sponge brush to apply a light coat of milk paint on the lamps leaving some of the original finish showing through in spots . I then let the milk paint sit a minute or two on the lamp bases and then took a soft rag and dabbed off the paint here and there to give them an aged finish. This worked out beautifully. You can still see a little bit of the green and gold showing through, but I think it adds to the look I was going for.



To age the lamps even further, I mixed together some antiquing medium and burnt umber craft paint and applied it to the crevices and raised details removing the excess with a damp rag.



I am not really in love with the shades that came with the lamps. Do you have any suggestions as to what kind of shade I should try? Should I replace them with different shaped lampshades or instead recover the shades with fabric and use trim to cover the seams?



At the very back of the above vignette’ is a framed map of Barbados that I had purchased while visiting my Bajan inlaws a couple of years ago. I had it framed at Michaels in a beaded black frame. I really am in love with the antique look the map has and of course it also has sentimental value to me because some of our relatives live there. It reminds me on them when ever I see it. I feel that it is so important to display things in your home that have meaning to you in one way or another.



The vintage print in front of the framed map was purchased a few weeks ago at an antique mall here in town for only $10.00. It really caught my eye with its creams and browns and of course its original chippy frame!



I found the wooden pineapple pedestal at a thrift store recently. I plan to paint it in an aged finish in the next week or so and I promise to share a photo of it when I am finished. I think this pedestal will be a very versatile peice for either displaying books or even as a base for my glass cloche. My vintage glitter houses will end up looking great on top of this pedestal during the holiday season.



The birdy votive holders were a present from my Mom. I painted them in an aged creamy grey finish using craft paint. Having them on display really puts my mind on spring.

What accessories have you started to use lately in your decor that put you in the mood for spring? I think I will need to make a special trip to the greenhouse this week and load up on some colorful flowers to brighten up my home. That should really help!






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  1. Jo @ To a Pretty Life

    What a pretty lamp! I love how the finish turned out. I once tried for a similar finish on a wooden lamp using craft paint, and utterly failed ;-) I have no idea what to say about the shades…I’m horrible with lampshades.

  2. Shelia

    Oh, everything is so pretty.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Carrie

    Thank you Jo and Sheila for your nice comments. I have no idea what I should do with the shades. Hopefully I come up with something else and in the meantime the shades that are already on the lamps will have to do. :)

  4. Marlee

    I personally like the lamp shade…maybe you could add some beaded trim to it. The vignette you created is adorable and I absolutely love the chest you have it on.

    1. Carrie

      Thank you Marlee. I will try some beaded trim on the lampshades and see if it looks good.

  5. Mary Alice Patterson

    I really like how your lamp turned out and also the rest of your vignette. What a great idea to use the wooden compote as a pedestal. I like that look with the books.
    Mary Alice

  6. Elizabeth@BlueClearSky

    Very pretty. I like how the original colour shows through. The vignette is very prettyt oo.

  7. Carrie

    Thank you for your kind comments, Mary Alice and Elizabeth. :)


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