I found this lovely antique piano lamp on ebay for under $20. Needless to say, I bought it.
The structure, the lines of the lamp were gorgeous! From the detailed foot base, to the gracefully curved crossing goosenecks, to the fine herringbone ribbed tulip glass shades, it was beautiful.
I was in love.
It was just as pretty in person. But something wasn't quite right. Actually, make that two somethings.
First of all, the brass was very brassy. It was a shiny gold-tone with built up dust in-between the detailing. Cleaning it only made it worse. It became an even brighter brassy color.
Also, the fine detailing on the lamp shades was difficult to see unless you got up close to the lamp, and how many people go around examining other people's lamps? Unless you're an appraiser, you probably would miss this subtle feature.
So as always, I took matters into my own hands with my paintbrush. I used this wonderful paint to tone down the brass and give the metal more of a champagne tint.
|DecoArt Elegant Finish Metallic Paint in Champagne Gold|
I love this paint. It is so easy to work with, and I've used it very successfully when painting a variety of surfaces including metal, wood, and glass. I applied it pretty liberally to the metal parts of the lamp, allowed it to set, and sealed it with a sealant.
The result was much more subdued, which was exactly as I had hoped. However, the shades still looked less than spectacular. They had a pretty shape, but in my mind's eye, I could tell that an opalescent sheen would really make the detailing pop. Since I had my DecoArt metallic paint already out, I thought I'd just try it.
I applied a thin layer of the paint to the outside of the shades, and while they were still wet, I carefully wiped any excess out of the grooves with a lint free rag. The result was stunning!
The lamp now sits proudly in my family room near the fireplace. It fills the entire room with a warm glow when lit.
The herringbone petals are finally noticeable from a distance.
And the shades sparkle and shine when the sunlight dances upon them!
The entire transformation was done with one simple paint job with DecoArt Elegant Finish Metallic Paint in Champagne Gold. It's available here.