I actually feel very happy with the decision and can continue on with putting the studio together …
Next up is adding in more ambient light in the form of table lamps. The light of table lamps is nice to work by and will also anchor either side of the desk.
In my initial design board, I planned on using these white textured lamps from Target. I liked the simple shape, but when I went to order, there was only one available (what?!).
As a second option, I came across this handsome ceramic lamp from West Elm, which I also really liked. I just couldn’t justify spending $300 on lamps for my office.
While out shopping the other day, I saw a pair of these column table lamps on clearance in the kid section and snatched up both of them for $45.
The shape is great, I love the wood base, the color was definitely not right for my studio, but I had an idea of how to fix that.
Enter the good ole days of DIY-Emily.
(Side note: I have not done a DIY project in almost a year. Crazy for a crafty girl who loves a DIY project! I’m glad to be back, friends. Glad to be back).
By altering these lamps, I hoped to create a hybrid of the two inspiration lamps – combining the shape of the first with the chalky gray color of the second. And because I didn’t spend much, I figured it was worth the DIY risk.
After taping off the base and neck, I painted on two coats of basic black chalk paint.
As chalk paint does, it dried a nice matte gray-black.
I could have left the paint as is, but went with the next step of ‘seasoning’ the chalk surface.
Typically, you season a freshly painted chalkboard to cure the surface and allow for full erasing once you start writing on it. These lamps won’t function as writable chalk surfaces, but I still wanted that pretty mottled look that seasoning creates.
After rubbing chalk all over the lamp, I wiped it in with a dry cloth and blew off the remaining dust.
The finished color is just the chalky black I was hoping for.
The lamps are now flanking the desk and look so nice!
Even though I initially wanted a pair of white lamps, these lamps remind me that bringing a touch of black into a room is always a good idea.
This was about as simple of a DIY as could be and I’m happy to be back in the crafty game.
Have you created anything lately that you’re particularly proud of? I’d love to hear!