I have always loved vintage/antique tea tins that have been converted into lamps. Since we are in the process of updating our den/kitchen, I thought it would be a good time to purchase one. Every time I found one that sent my heart into high gear, the price would be WAY too high. I walked away from soooo many ‘perfect’ ones because of price!
I wanted one like these beauties
Live Auctions 1st Dibs (over $1000.00)
Country Living French Accent
Okay, I had no choice – If I wanted a tea tin lamp I would have to make one myself – from scratch! So, a cheap lamp with the ‘round tea canister’ shape was added to my list of things that I began looking for on my junking excursions.
It took several months, but at last I found one –
I thought $8.00 was high for such an old ugly lamp,
but the shape was absolutely perfect for my tea canister lamp.
I took all of the wiring out and dismantled the lamp. After giving it a background of black paint, I made a stencil of a laurel wreath. I use gold paint to stencil the wreath and also to add the numbers, using a purchased stencil. The top and bottom bands are gold leaf. When everything was dry, I gave it a protective coat of Annie Sloan’s dark wax which also helped to age the bright gold and give it the vintage look that I wanted.
I didn’t want to reuse the metal piece on the top of the original lamp, so I had to replace some of the rod lengths and also find something simple to take the place of the original decorative piece. After finally getting it put together and rewired, I set out to find a shade for it. Luckily, a vendor at Old Bank Antiques (where my booths are) was having a 1/2 price sale on everything and they had a huge assortment. I paid $9.00 for the shade.
- At last -
here is my faux vintage tea tin lamp
Close up of the design
- I love gold on black -
This was a fun make-over
It looks great in the den and…
…it only cost $17.00!
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