Even a fearless DIYer like me needs a little push sometimes. I saw these lamps at a Toronto junk shop (Odds & Ends, 703 Queen Street West) but couldn’t bring myself to drop $40 on them because the bases were so damn ugly. I’m a sucker for pierced porcelain yet still I walked away from them . . . twice. It wasn’t until I saw the awesome all-white lamps below in the latest issue of Canadian House & Home (photo by Virginia MacDonald) that I knew what to do. Paint them!
But then a funny thing happened; after cleaning and spraying the first one, I got cold feet. The painted metal looked kind of cheap and the more I lived with the brass one, the more I liked the contrast of materials and the less I hated the base.
So I put the question to you, dear readers, do you prefer the before or the after? I should also mention that I don’t plan to keep these lamps, I did the makeover with the intention of flipping them for a profit. So what has a better chance of selling? The original finish or the painted?