Standard Lamp Upcycle


Having noticed a growing trend for the revival of the Standard Lamp, I was pleased to spot a reasonably priced one in a local used furniture shop.
A quick trip to an electrical hardware shop ensured it was safe to use.
I was now ready to bring it back to life. I just needed a suitable shade.
That didn’t cost a fortune.
This was supposed to be a bargain project after all!

Months of scouring Charity shops in vain followed.
I decided to paint it anyway in the meantime.
I wanted to do something a little different than my usual white so I decided to go bold with a high gloss orange.

Unfortunately it appeared to be not a million miles from it’s original orange pine!
Doh!

Maybe it would look better with a contrasting shade.
I was starting to give up hope when, on the way to an auction, I spied one in a modern furniture warehouse.
Not my usual hunting ground at all!

Not only was it the right size and colour but it had been lined with a silver inner which gives a great effect when lit.
And best of all,it had been reduced to just £3!!

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I still wasn’t happy with the orange paint job so elected to use some Annie Sloan paint instead.

A coat of Paris Grey gave a much nicer effect and I then embellished the shade with some ribbon I’d picked up at a charity shop some time ago.
It can be removed if I want to change the look again.

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I have to say I’m pretty happy with the finished result and it’s perfect set up in my crochet corner behind my £20 vintage mid-century leather recliner.

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