A couple of posts ago, I introduced you to my latest project, Sherwood Forest. Today is just a quickie to show you how something from that project has gone from “meh” to “sshwing!”
In less than an hour might I add.
See that lamp?
Well, it needed some love. And what better way to love it than to take off that old shade and make it all warm, shiny and coppery. Luckily my clients love copper nearly as much as I do. Whoop!
So with some sandpaper and can of Valspar’s Metallic Copper spray paint I got to work.
Pic from B&Q
After one coat.
After two coats.
And so with our new rather glamorous lamp base which in total had three coats for good measure, it needed a new shade.
Initally I opted for the Grande shade from Habitat. A simple tapered drum in matt black with a copper interior to reflect the light beautifully. But the shape and dimensions were all wrong. The client also felt it needed a little pattern, so off I went searching for a shade that encapsulated “Africana, retro, mid-century gentlemen’s club chic”.
Low and behold Detola, from Detola and Geek, who has a fab Etsy store.
“It all started from my crazy love of ankara. The popular African material used originally in making clothes for all occasions – be it for everyday, evening, wedding or party wear. It’s vibrant, eye-catching, colourful and easily adaptable.”
And it bloody well is adaptable! Her light shades are awesome and perfect for this project. Take a look:
I’m torn as to which one would work best with the copper lamp base, but i’m leaning towards the Bulls Eye African Lampshade.
I quite like the idea of the clashing pop of the metallic mustard and magenta on the new copper lamp base. All against a dark inky green wall. And at £42 plus the £9 for the copper spray paint, that gives us a stand out, bespoke floor lamp for less than £55.
Which lamp shade would you pick? There are lots more in Detola’s shop and she also does custom made pieces too. Bookmark her page now!