What to do with a Genie Lamp?

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What to do with a Genie Lamp?

A few months ago I bought a lamp from the flea market. It was a very odd shaped lamp. I thought it looked like an old fashioned water pump. Hubs thought it looked like some sort of Genie lamp. At any rate, it needed a little love but it spoke to me. And although I can no longer remember the exact cost, I am certain it was below $10.00. Score!!!

The lamp has been sitting in my dining room in a corner since the purchase so this weekend, I decided to try to clean it up and see what I could do to improve the look a bit. I have challenged myself to complete my next 5 projects for under $50.00 and so far I’m 3 and O with the Noodle Wreath project, Mason Jar Dispenser project and this lamp project. Three down two to go. 🙂

This is how the lamp looked when I brought it home. Kinda sad huh? But it had potential.

Lamp 1 PM

What I Needed:

  • Lamp                 $10.00
  • Spray paint        $0.00 had it on hand
  • Lamp shade      $0.00 had it on hand
  • Ribbon              $0.00 had it on hand
  • Masking tape    $0.00 had it on hand
  • Glue gun           $0.00 had it on hand

What I Did – The Lamp:

  • Wiped the lamp down with a soapy warm cloth and dried thoroughly
  • Taped the cord and lighting element to protect
  • Spray painted the lamp a hammered bronze (was really torn because I almost painted it black – which do you think you prefer)?
  • I sprayed 2 thin coats of the hammered bronze paint – allowing it to dry between coats

What I Did – The Shade:

  • The shade was actually kinda formal with a linen look and the lamp was a lot less formal. Some would not put the two together, but I would. 🙂 Love the contrast.
  • To lessen the formality of the shade; however, I added ribbon with a little burlap. You can’t get any less formal than burlap (it’s glued on with hot glue).

Shade Embellishment PM

  • I think the little addition of burlap marries the informal lamp to the more formal lampshade. Do you agree?

Shade PM

  • Finally, I add a bow to the shade as well. I am still considering if the bow stays but for now, I am leaving it. I can always remove it once I’ve had a chance to live with it for a couple of days.

One more little project complete for way under the $50.00 limit and a million more to go.  But I’m not complaining. After all, what would I do if I did not have a project going on? I’m thinking I would not be a happy camper. Until the next one!

LampShade at Night 1 PM

Question for you…do you think this lamp would look better if it were black?

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About Clearissa Coward

I am a lifestyle blogger with an emphasis on organization and redesign. I am professional and personal organization consultant with a flare for design on a dime. There are times however, when I delve into the realm of love, life, family, friendships, feelings, fantasy and the reality of life. My website is a conglomerate which includes, Divinely Organized - Professional & Personal Organization & Redesign, Customized Virtual Business Solutions (CVBS) - a full service virtual assistant business, and Clearissa's Avon Boutique - a 24/7 shop till you drop skin care/glam site where the focus is on looking and feeling good. I also often metamorphosis into My Soulful Life where feelings and not facts are at the forefront. Although there are several tendrils to my business, they are all centered around living an uncluttered, successful and feel good life. I am blogging about my passions. Join me on my journey.


What to do with a Genie Lamp? — 2 Comments

  1. Hi there Clearissa
    I definitely don’t think it would look better black, I think the colors blend in well and also the shade is in good proportion to the base.
    But then I am older generation and maybe it would have a younger more trendy look if black..So I guess it all hinges on where you place it.
    Well done for finding such a bargain!

  2. Thank you, Maddy. The shade does blend well with the current color. I was just wondering if black with a black, white, or black and white shade would be as you said more trendy. 🙂 We’ll see if others agree. Again, thanks for the feedback.

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