Lamps Lamps Lamps

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I’ve been thinking about lighting for a while now, keeping my eye out for table lamps and fixtures to refinish.  Just to keep the flame alive, when I’m not shopping, I spend my time looking for inspiration.  I’ve found a few delightful before and after lamp projects.

refinished lamp re-purposed

re-purposed lamp refinished

This lamp was refinished by Domestic Superhero.  You can read about her process in detail on her blog.  See how things turned out and what went wrong.  She learned a valuable lesson with her serious shade struggle and I hope I have now too!

re-purposed refinished lamp

Love the pineapple and the price… ohh so Tommy Bahama (the pineapple not the price).  Little Miss Penny Wenny re-purposed this beautiful masterpiece.

re-purposed refinished lamp

Kinda reminds me of milk glass.  She refinished the shade too, I love the fabric and the ribbon.  You’ll find the entire room makeover on Little Miss Penny Wenny’s blog.

re-purposed refinished lamp

re-purposed refinished lamp

Now here’s a girl after my own heart.  Ya gotta love silver leaf, the texture is so beautiful.  You can find a few more silver leaf projects on Sensational Girl’s blog.  My experience with silver leaf is sorted I’ve created a beautiful project or two, and every bit as grand a mess.  Perhaps I’ll wait until I’m invited over to a friend’s place, for Art Therapy, to start my next silver leaf project  : ) 

Wonderful White or Painted Black?

Friday, October 19, 2012

When refinishing a piece of furniture it's important to consider the interior of the room and the style of the piece.  Certain styles of furniture lend themselves to particular paint colours.  We have attached a couple of pieces that are painted white, which we think would look great, painted black.

refinished furniture, interior design

This little side table looks good in creamy white, we bet it would look fantastic in black.  We like to use Benjamin Moore 2133-10 Onyx for painting black furniture.  Love the drawer hardware, reminds us of a knob you would have found on a bi-folding closet door years ago. It’s the legs on the side table that lend it to being painted black, this type of leg can be referred to as spool, spindle or turned.

refinished furniture, interior design

Love the shape of this table, it would look fantastic in a metallic colour with a rustic patina.  Either silver or brass would look stunning.  Or you could paint it black and have square mirrors cut for the middle and bottom shelf.  On the top a white crocheted doily would really pop against the black and add interest. 

Just because you paint a piece of furniture dark doesn’t mean it will darken the room, the way in which you accessorize it will either add to the piece or detract from it.  Painting furniture black and accessorizing it with white, in a white room will add interest and draw your eye, not only to the painted piece but to other black finishes in the room, for example a fireplace.

desk before, interior design, refinished furniture, Racher Interior Design

If you have an existing piece of furniture in good condition and you don’t like the look, it’s often worth refinishing.  If you don’t want to refinish it yourself there are lots of options to have it refinished for you.

refinished furniture, desk, Racher Interior Design

If you have a piece of furniture to refinish or are interested in incorporating refinished furniture into your home give us a call and we’ll give you a hand.  White side table images from Huckleberry Lane Furniture, black desk images from Racher Interior Design.