Friday, September 20, 2013

Restoration Hardware Inspired : Industrial Task Lamp

Last weekend while thrifting I ran across this 1940's vintage brass task lamp for $5 and I passed by it.  Later in the week I was regretting my decision and figured that if it was still there I would not leave it behind again.  To my surprise the little lamp was still sitting there waiting for someone to show it some love.  
Right now I'm loving gold, brassy tones, but I decided to go with something a little different this time and went black.  I figured that it would enhance the industrial feel of the lamp.  I also knew that with a vintage bulb it would really make a statement.

So, I gave it a quick sanding, covered the cord in aluminum foil, and put a paper towel in the socket to protect anything electrical, and followed my spray painting techniques as I always do.
I knew as soon as the first coat went on that the black was a good decision!
It turned out amazing!  I'm very happy with my new lamp, it totally reminds me of something you would see at Restoration Hardware or a vintage replica that would cost you an arm and a leg!

I found the vintage Edison bulb at Lowe's, I love the vintage yet modern feel it gives the lamp.  For under $14 I have a great industrial task lamp that looks like a million bucks....I'm in love!


  1. Beautiful job! I really love your whole desk. I'm hosting a throw pillow giveaway that you should enter!

  2. Love it! Can't believe how some simple spray paint and that gorgeous bulb gave the lamp a totally new, cool look.

    1. Simple fixes always go a long way, especially when you're on a budget.

  3. I love this so much, it was so brilliant to paint it that color! Oh and that bulb makes my heart swoon! Thanks for sharing at the Pinworthy Project Party. I'll be featuring it tomorrow.

  4. The lamp looks great! So glad it was still there for you.