This weekend I had a show at the DuPage Expo. Since I just started doing shows in October of last year I am still very much of a newbie.
I needed some new displays for this show so I created one out of an old lamp I found at the Goodwill for $2.
I was looking for one with a strong wire shade and a decorative bottom, also the shade needed to be supported by a harp (the metal thingy instead of clamped on the light bulb).
I first stripped the shade of all it's stained fabric. No need for that. I sanded down where they had glued it to the metal frame.
I Then whipped out my Claudine Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso Paint. In ONE coat I covered the base, the metal shade, and the harp! Can you believe it only took ONE COAT! Love this stuff.
And I will let you in on a little secret. The black gesso can double as chalk board paint :)
How cool is that!!!
Once dried I had the perfect place to clip some of my items on. I love it! I loved it so much the hardest part was cutting the cord on it. I almost wanted to keep it as a lamp and not a display piece.
I also made the boxes in this last photo the same way except I used cardboard boxes from my Project Life and painted them black. When it was dry I created a thin wash using Espresso Paint Dabbers and water. I adorned the fronts with Tim Holtz Ornate Plates