Thursday, August 19, 2010

Shady Bird

We all like a bargain, right? Most of us like birds, right? Some of us like to paint, right? Enough questions. I recently found this handmade lamp at a thrift store.

It worked well, but I thought I could make it look better. So I painted it. White. Then came the task of finding just the right shade. With the new crisp, white look, the field was wide open!
I found all of these lamp shades at the same thrift store in course of two weeks.

Of course, simple white.

Classic black.

Cream colored opaque.

Fun little shade (it was still in the wrapper, so I know it was from IKEA originally).

Tailored cream colored with brown borders.

Vintage parchment colored linen (the only oval shade).

So tell me, please, what do you think? One more question: Which shade gets the bird?

In the meantime, I think I'll just put it right here.

Since the lamp was only $4 and each shade was $2-$3, I want to link with Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday! And since I love to participate in White Wednesday, I am linking with Kathleen at Faded Charm. Thanks to our hosts!


Heidi said...

Hi-Thanks for commenting on my blog. I am amazed you found that many decent lamp shades. I always have luck with the base, but never with shades. I think I like the patterned ikea one the best.

The Primitique said...

While the cream, tailored one looks nice in the pic, my favorite, hands down, day or night shade would be the black one. Very classic. You were oh, so wise to see the potential when you bought the lamp. I like it white! ~Mindy

Gypsy Heart said...

Wow, I can't believe you found so many shades. I am a lover of black and will have to go with it! It's classy, elegant and my favorite. :-)

Your furniture in the pic is beautiful too! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

I like the tailored cream colored shade with brown borders.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Just a dreamer said...

Classic black. Beautiful. Jackie

craftymarta said...

Classic black or tailored cream. Your house is beautiful. Who upholstered your pieces? I love every piece and your choice of fabrics is awesome. Have you ever done a virtual tour of your home? I would love to see more. Blessings, Marta.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love the first one but also like the ikea one too! You sure are lucky to find so many shades and great did a wonderful job on the lamp!


Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Love how the lamp turned out after you painted it! I like the first white shade, or the Ikea one the best. You must have a good thrift store near you to get so many great shades!

Heather said...

Hello! This is my first time visiting your blog, and I think it's great!! You have some very creative ideas! I love black and white together, so my vote is for the black lampshade.

Candylei said...

This lamp turned out great. It looks so clean and crisp a-n-d beautiful white! A real transformation.