I already had the shade, it used to be my dining room light, picked up at Goodwill for $2 back last summer. Yesterday, when I went thrifting with my friend Lindsay she spotted the score for $7. She is genius!
DIY Love Letter Lamp
I mixed up a little raw umber paint with some Ralph Lauren glaze. Mixing in some paint means that not every distressed finish in your house looks exactly the same. It gives it a little more depth and variation.
Wipe it off in circles, so that you don’t have wiping marks left over. Once I finished distressing, I set it aside to let dry.
Next go make some tea. Or coffee. Either will work. I used leftover tea bags from making today’s batch of sweet tea. Because it’s the house wine of the south.
Once it’s cooled, “paint” a couple of coats of tea onto the shade. If your shade is already the color you want, skip this step. Blot with paper towels to help absorb the excess. Set aside to dry – or blow dry it with a hair dryer (I’m impatient!). I did this while my spray paint was drying.
Just like with these French Script curtains, translate your favorite phrase (mine is from a love note Mr. SCC wrote me years ago, hence why I’m calling it the Love Letter Lamp), and print it off, I used this font at 175 point.
Trim your words and tape them to the inside of the shade.
Put the shade on a lamp and used a small brush to trace over the words with paint, just like the curtains. I used a Paris postmark rubber stamp for the postmarks.
Once everything was dry, I put it all together and that’s how I created the DIY Love Letter Lamp.