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I had been jonesing for a gold faceted lamp for quite some time. I’d search online and come up with absolutely bupkis. Every search was an absolute bust. And then one day I found it. Lo and behold there was FINALLY a gold faceted lamp for sale.
Unfortunately it was also 200 bucks which is waaaaaay too rich for my blood. You see I kind of have this rule where I don’t pay the same amount as a car payment for anything decorative that I’ll probably be over in a year. But I must admit, I was totally wavering when that sucker went on sale to $125. I could ALMOST rationalize it. But in the end, I was just too darn cheap.
And then one day walking through Wal-Mart I happened to spy this orange lamp that stood out among all of the other white and gold and silver lighting that are vanilla enough that they can fit into just about every home. Maybe it was the fact that it was faceted (hurrah!) or perhaps it was the bright freaking orange that caught my attention, but either way I was homing in on it like nobody’s business.
Russell: “Why are we going this direction?”
Russell: “We don’t need any lamps.”
Me: “It’s faceted.”
Me: “Going to spray paint it gold.”
Russell: “Seriously? What’s with spray painting everything gold?”
You see when I get into that frame of mind you’d better be cool with one word answers because the gears they are a turnin’ for something and it ain’t conversation.
I got home and INSTANTLY started painting this thing. First a coat of primer.
Now quick tip, I was told by a very nice fellow in customer service at a graffiti store that if you use a dark primer your metallic paints will have more pop when sprayed on top.
Followed by two coats of my favorite gold spray paint.
And there it is! That is seriously all there was to it. Find the lamp, prime it, paint it, have a nice day and save 170 big ones.
Let’s look at that again. Above is $200…
And here is $30. I think I’m definitely the winner here! Here’s the break down:
For a total of $29.
So keep those eyes peeled for your own perfectly faceted but poorly colored lamp and get on this decorative gold train that’s happening!