Always on the lookout for 60/70s pieces, I found a great, original tiled coffee table in a charity shop.
I loved the tile colour and design but the wood frame was tired and very dark.
I wasn’t 100% sure about it but it was ridiculously cheap so it seemed churlish to overlook it.
It stayed buried under all kinds of detritus in my hall for ages until, in a surge of creativity, I decided to slap some paint on it.
Sadly I didn’t stop to take any before pictures 😳
But this is it during the process.
I love it.
I did test out a couple of other colours first but thought the white gave a cleaner contrast to the tiles.
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!
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!!
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.
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.