A couple of weeks ago I found this really awesome blue lamp at an antique store...you can see it sitting in the corner of the room on a side table in this picture:
I paid $16 for it...probably a little bit more expensive than I what would normally spend, but I really liked it. Not to mention it was sitting by itself in a corner looking sad. So it came home with me :)
It needed to be rewired, so one night I pulled it apart and started washing all the glass and plastic connector pieces in the sink.
I was so sad when the blue started coming off in the water! It turns out that the glass was just painted...not colored. :( Bummer. But then I remembered this one blog post that I saw where you can use paint specifically made for glass to change its color! Kind of like a stained-glass type effect. After you put the paint on, you bake it in the oven to set everything. I've seen a lot of people do it with the clear Ball/Atlas canning jars so that they look blue. Anyway, a smidgen of glass paint (for the glass, obviously), and some spray paint (for the other lamp pieces), it was looking a lot better! I found a rewiring kit at Home Depot for $10, and bought a shade for $15 at Lowes. I covered the shade with some cute fabric from Joann's ($3) and then we were back in business! I think that it turned out really cute!
You can't tell from the picture, but my blue glass paint job isn't 100% perfect. I actually used 2 different types of paints, and added in a little water to get a better consistency...this is not something that I recommend doing haha. I was just tired of staring at all of the parts on my kitchen counter for about a week, I decided to just go for it and paint the glass already!
I am excited to begin using my "new" old lamp! AND I have some extra fabric left over from the lamp shade so maybe some cute throw pillows are in my future ;)