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New Bedroom Lamps


Sometimes when I’m decorating a room and things are falling a little flat, I like to stand back and think about what color is missing that might help round out the space.

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When I needed a pair of lamps for our bedroom, I felt like it would be a good place to bring in a bright shot of color. I found these lamps on clearance at Target and I thought they might paint up well.

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I don’t think the lamp base is made of real wood, but it looks a lot like a cut log on a lucite base. I thought a painted version would be a little like this idea.

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I wasn’t sure what color I wanted to paint the lamp bases, so I mocked up the room using paint swatches at the hardware store. I’m sure the guy at the paint counter thought I was nuts, but it really did help me in a pinch to see how all the colors I already had in the room would work together with the new lamp color. I picked Glidden’s Spearmint Gum and got a quart in high gloss.

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I just used an artist’s brush to cut in on the edges and then a 2″ angles brush for most of the base.

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Later I clean up any mess-ups with a razor blade, but it was pretty easy to stay mostly on the wood part.

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I love the slight texture of the wood-like grain under the glossy green paint. I think it’s such a pretty combo with the lucite base and the black linen shade.

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And the pop of bright green is just what the space needed. I think colorful lamps are always a good idea.

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PS Here are a couple other lighting DIYs I’ve done over the years, in case you feel like browsing today:
Painting a ceiling fan
Painting a lampshade
Inexpensive black lampshades
Spray painting vintage metal task lamps
Painting a giant brass chandelier
DIY Sputnik
Painting vintage sconces

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28 thoughts on “New Bedroom Lamps

  1. I recognize the photo as work by a Phoenix photographer, but I can't remember her name. Can you share? I still regret missing out on a piece that was in a shop off 7th ave.

  2. Does the black lampshade provide enough illumination for you to read in bed, or is that just a lamp for ambient light? I never would have considered a dark shade at bedside. Best wishes!

  3. I love the idea of using paint chips to help visualize the colors together. Great tip!

    1. Hì hÃ8#3¬2&0; Bố cháu chỉ hÆ¡n người được cái khoản nhậu thôi ạ! Khoản này là number one, nhiệt tình lắm ạ.

  4. So happy you posted this. I was looking at a pic of your pax unit and spotted them in the mirror and was wondering where you got those lovelies from ;)

  5. Looks great! I want to copy your idea so I checked out the link but it doesn't show or mention the acrylic base. Was the base included or did you add it?

  6. Your Pax wardrobes look fantastic. Are you happy with the quality of them? Do they feel solid or clunky? I always find with Ikea furniture the doors never hang quite evenly but I haven't tried the Pax. Thanks!

  7. That's great. I found some target lamps on clearance last week and spray painted them too! It was terrifying but it turned out really well.

  8. The lamp looks great and your room is beautiful! I love those doors in the background! Is that a closet? Please let me know some details about those!

  9. The lamp looks great and your room is beautiful! I love those doors in the background! Is that a closet? Please let me know some details about those!

  10. I have the same wall color, flooring and white trim in my living room – and, interestingly enough, your eclectic color palette is almost identical to mine. I just have it in slightly different places… red and mint and black in the art, brown silk curtains. gold and cream rug, yellow ottoman… Great minds!

  11. I thought your walls were Knoxville Gray, but there is a paint sample that says French Gray that looks like it. Can you clarify? Thanks!

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