Friday, October 26, 2012

"Hagrid The Lamp" Makeover - Part 2

In "Hagrid the Lamp" Makeover - Part 1 found here, I shared with you the beginning of my makeover on this lamp:

 There is something I really, really like about this lamp.  I think it is that it reminds me of Lisa Douglas on the old TV show, Green Acres.  She was always exquisitely decked out in feathers and diamonds, and yet she was perfectly comfortable on the farm chasing her little chicks.  When I was a girl watching Eva Gabor on that show, I was enthralled and thought she must be the most beautiful woman in the world.

If you are unfamiliar with it, here is a clip

You can also click here to watch full episodes for free.  Now, don't you think my lamp is a Lisa Douglas - or at least could live in her house?  My husband, Edward, named it Hagrid because this lamp is huge and stands almost 5 feet tall, but it definitely dresses like Lisa.

To finish the lamp I toned down some of the dark wax by wiping more of it away using a cloth and some clear wax.  I still wanted to bring out a little more of the white, so I found a piece of white chalk and rubbed it to highlight different features of the lamp.

I had wanted to paint the lamp with two colors, but decided to wait until our move is complete and I know what room it will permanently reside in.

One thing I didn't like about the lamp was the big flat rectangle spaces around it's base.  I tried several different embellishments there without much luck.  Finally, I painted some wallpaper border using the same technique as on the lamp and  adhered it to the rectangles.  I think the wallpaper really enhanced the lamp.

For the lampshade, I wanted to create a look similar to a chandelier inside a black drum lampshade.  To do this, I recovered the lampshade in a black fabric and strung crystals to fall just below the shade.  The crystals are actually hanging from a smaller lampshade form that I placed on the top of the shade.  It worked like a charm.

The lamp is such a fun, over-sized piece.  I love the whimsy it adds to the Dining Room, and I think it looks elegant - but in a Lisa Douglas-kind-of-way.......and hopefully not a Hagrid-in-a-dress-kind-of-way!  Ha!

Oh, what crazy folks we are around here at The Lavender Tub!  Hagrid and Lisa.......

Thanks so much for stopping by,


  1. Stephanie WalkerOctober 26, 2012 9:03 PM

    WOW AWESOME! I need to get some of the wax!

  2. Love that idea of hanging the crystals--it looks beautiful!


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