I love a good teardrop shaped lamp. They’re such a classic piece and can work with almost any style. We have one here in the office, one here in the nursery, and made plans to add one here in Zoey’s new room. The only issue we continued to run into was price, so when I spotted the BRAN lamp at Ikea for just $23, I was on board. If you remember back to the mood board for Zoey’s room, we originally wanted yellow, but this lamp was clear… and I had painted mason jars on my mind. Catching my drift?
Yup, we used the same method as previously done with the mason jars, and painted the inside a cheery yellow.
We started by removing the top from the base, which is actually glued. We used a lot of patience and an x acto knife to slowly separate the two, which didn’t work. I was completely devastated and aggravated for wasting $23 on a clear lamp. Then I turned to the google machine and voila, there it was. The solution? Using a hairdryer to heat the cap and loosen the glue. Genius. Bloggers amaze me.
Once you make it past this step the rest is easy peasy. Just fill the interior with an acrylic paint color of your choice (we used a few small bottles of Americana’s Cadmium Yellow picked up from Michaels), swirl it around to cover all areas, and leave upside down to drain and dry. For more detailed instructions see this similar post.
End result: A beautiful custom color lamp for under $30 (including paint, shade sold separately).
We’ve painted the exterior of lamps before, and although it is possibly to recreate a glossy finish, it’s incomparable to these results.
It looks absolutely adorable next to Zoey’s bed. Love, love, love!
Speaking of updates in Zoey’s room, I ordered a few yards of the gorgeous Petal Pushers fabric mentioned here, and started making pillows for the girls’ beds. And when I say “I”, what I really mean is my mom came over to help her novice of a sewer daughter. Thanks mom! Ha.
The room design is inspired by this fabric choice and I’m loving finally seeing it in the room.
Can’t wait to begin pulling in coordinating accessories and other finishing touches 🙂