Hello fabulous friends!! Today I’m back sharing what I did with one of the two lamps in my Winter Thrift Store Haul, and it was the perfect piece to show how to wet distress and highlight all those pretty details!
I had a special request to use the color Antebellum by Dixie Belle on something, and I too wanted to try it out.
I thought this lamp was the perfect piece to use it on:
This was $5.25 and of course, I was drawn to the glass bauble in it! (Turns out, it’s actually plastic.)
Prepare to be dazzled…
This color is a deep teal. It’s kind of a moody color and falls outside my normal light and breezy color palette, but it was nice stepping outside my norm for a change.
I could see this color on bedroom furniture paired with bright white bedding and white curtains.
It only took one coat of Antebellum for full coverage on this lamp:
Instead of sanding to let some of those pretty gold accents show through, I chose to wet distress.
How to Wet Distress
When my lamp was just barely dry, I dipped a cloth in water and rubbed it across all the areas I wanted to the gold to show through:
The sooner you wet distress the better or it will be harder to remove the paint. I chose to wet distress instead because sanding likely would have taken the finish down to what is beneath the gold, which is probably a white/gray color. Not a good look!
When I was finished distressing in all the right places, I sealed with Dixie Belle’s clear wax. (I was afraid the clear coat would pool in the crevices.) You could use a clear matte spray sealer too.
Painting this lamp really highlighted all the pretty parts…
It even makes the plastic bauble look better!
There was no finial or shade with this lamp when I found it, but I had a huge finial in my stash that worked perfectly! I found it when I had pulled over one day to check out a floor lamp someone had left on the curb. The neck was snapped so it wasn’t salvageable, but I grabbed the finial off of it and I’m so glad I did!
I sprayed it in gold first:
Then I painted it in the Antebellum and wet distressed it also.
It is perfect paired with this lamp!
And the shade? I found that at HomeGoods. They are the first place I check when I need a shade if I don’t already have one in my stash that will work. This huge shade was just $16, and the gold accents made it a fun choice for this lamp.
This was definitely out of my norm, but it’s fun to step outside the box sometimes! I hope you enjoyed seeing this color on something, Gloria! 😀
Wet distressing is the perfect way to enhance all those pretty details, and it works great for frames as well!
Another project done woot woot!
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I hope you all have an awesome weekend and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls. I’ll be sharing this Windsor chair and something else I paired it with:
UPDATE: See what this chair looks like now and check out what I redid to go with it HERE now!
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