May 8th, 2012
we had a super-fun workshop last saturday…four lovely students (all at varying levels of experience) each brought a lamp base (3 brass, one ceramic) in for a re-vamp. they did a fantastic job, as evidenced below:
(patty, who swears she has never painted anything before, scored this great brass lamp at the oxford goodwill for $3.99 and put the coolest crusty weathered zinc finish on it, using graphite and louis blue chalk paint as a base.)
(lisa’s lamp was rescued from their flooded hunting camp. the brass finish was ruined, but she made it fabulous with annie sloan’s olive and old ochre, and pewter gilding wax.)
(jackie has had this ginger jar lamp since high school – it had been frighteningly bright and shiny, but she made it gleam like old polished plaster with country grey and old white under annie’s soft waxes.)
the group learned three different annie sloan chalk paint finishes, and chose one for their lamp. during “dry times” we chatted about fix-ups for shades, favorite places to flea, and alternate methods using metallics. it was a wonderful group – i can’t wait until they come back with pictures of their finished lamps in situ. gold stars for everyone!
(matt went for a mellow antiqued gold finish for his floor lamp, beginning with graphite. bravo!)