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Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

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I know that I bring home some a lot of ugly pieces of furniture, but sometimes I feel like people have too much faith in me. Let me explain further -- my Mom bought me this lamp at a garage sale:

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

One look at it and I thought, "No amount of paint in this world can make this lamp cute." 

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

I mean, you guys know I love vintage, but it's so flower-y and just... bad. 

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

I let it sit in my garage for a few months until inspiration hit.

Here's how I turned this ugly duckling into a beautiful swan:

1. I removed the hideous lamp shade. It was already cuter!

2. Then, I taped off the parts of the lamp that I didn't want to paint (like the part where the light bulb goes in).

3. I planned to distress the details of the lamp from the beginning, so I did a base color with flat black spray paint.

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

4. After the black dried, I sealed it with a spray matte sealer. I sealed the black because I only wanted the black to show through when I distressed it later on. Otherwise, you might get some of the yellow, too... and no one wants that.

5. Then, I painted on two coats of General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint. I wanted something with low sheen and a subtle color -- Persian Blue was perfection.

6. Once the milk paint dried, I lightly distressed the details of the lamp.

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp
The white still popped through in some places, but it still looked fantastic!

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp
Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

7. I sealed the entire lamp again with a spray matte sealer.

8. I added a new lamp shade (that I got at Goodwill, still in the plastic.. score!).

The after just amazes me:

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp
Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

A side by side comparison:

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

So. much. better. Right!?

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Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp
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