OK, now down to the details.
Oh, and I know my potting bench isn't the best back drop for this lamp, but it is one of the very few places in my house with decent natural lighting and I really needed that to show you the finish on this lovely.
First, the lamp shade is painted Oil Rubbed Bronze and you can't tell in this photo, but it ***sparkles***.
Have you all read about the faux Mercury Glass paint treatments? I've tried a few of them I've found on various blogs and haven't really been happy with how things turned out. I decided that was because I was doing them on glass (duh?) and I wanted something more solid behind the finish. Plus I hadn't really loved how the finishes turned out. They looked TOO painted.
So today I think I found my magic formula. Of course I don't have a before pic. . . I know, I suck. But just think about those heavy bronze lamps that you see quite often in thrift stores.
I alternated spraying a very fine mist of water and a very fine mist of Krylon's Looking Glass Spray Paint in very quick succession, being careful not to let the water build up enough to run.
I took a zillion shots trying to capture the finish close up. This is as good as I could get. See those whitish looking spots on the flat portion of the base? Those are actually covering the entire base and are not white at all, but just create a nice 'texture' in the paint, although it is totally smooth when you touch it. I really love how it turned out. The brass offers a solid back and a when the light hits it you see subtle hints of amber beneath the finish.
Here are a few shots of the intricate details on the base. Pretty, aren't they?
How about one last full shot.
I liked how it turned out so well I almost decided to keep it. I need a lamp on my night stand, but this one is just too big and would be out of scale, but I may be on the lookout now for a smaller bronze lamp to call my own.
I'll be sharing at Domestically Speaking's: Power of Paint