My New Ruffled Lamp with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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I bought a lamp at the thrift store ages ago, and I finally got around to making it pretty. Unfortunately, I somehow deleted the pictures of the lamp when it was ugly. Which totally bummed me out, because I LOVE a good before and after photo. But I am so happy with how it looks now that I just had to share it.

First picture in your mind a really scuffed up lamp that is half wood and half brass. With a dusty dirty lampshade on it. Got it? That was this lamp before I transformed it.

Here it is now covered in ruffles and painted all bright and white:


Isn’t it lovely? It kinda makes me swoon.

At first I was afraid the shade was too large for the lamp base with all the added ruffles, but I got over it and decided that I just love it. A lot. I kinda want to make another one for my room. Or Rachel’s room. Or something.

This is the first time I have used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and I have to say that I am impressed. I’m planning on using it to paint my kitchen table, but I wanted to try it out on something small first. I never in a million years thought I would say this, but I think I like it just as much as spray paint. Maybe even just a tiny bit more, because you can use it inside and it has no fumes. I can’t wait to use it on furniture!!

I found the most awesome place to buy the chalk paint, but that is a story for another day. 🙂


  1. That lamp is darling!!!!! How did you make the ruffle shade, that is just what I’m wanting to do!!!

  2. Looks great!

    • Thanks Michelle! Missed you at SNAP this year. I need to hook up next time I’m in Logan and buy some of your cute jewelry!

  3. I never would have guessed this was the UGLY lamp you described, to begin with, (brass?). Gorgeous now!!!

    • Thanks Lori! I sure wish I could have shared the before photos. Such a bummer to discover they were deleted. 🙁

  4. I love it! My mom has a bunch of old ugly/ awesome lamps I want to transform but I can’t talk her out of any 🙁

  5. Do tell!!! I have to refinish a dresser and NEED to know the best place to get it!!!

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