06 September 2011
Tuesday Quick Tip
It's a Tuesday Quick Tip. This is the top of a $200 Anthropologie lamp I bought at a thrift store for $20 with the original price tag still on it. It did not come with a shade or a finial on top. I have looked and looked for a simple solution for the top of the lamp harp to hold down the shade, but could never find one that was the right size. Most stores only have one or two options. So I spent about 10 dollars trying different options and having little luck.
Then I found this acorn finial that came adaptable with two screw mount options. I thought for sure one of them would work. But the finial was bright gold and could not have been a worse option for my hammered metal look lamp. It was too shiny and just wasn't as simple as I was looking for.
I remembered that The Man had a can of Rust-Oleum Hammered black spray paint in the closet and a solution was born for about three dollars. I got the acorn finial and brought it home. Put it in the lid of a shoe box out on the balcony and spray painted it Hammered black.
Now it matches the lamp perfectly, is much more understated and best of all with the addition of a washer, which I didn't tighten down all the way so you could see it, I had the lamp harp finial of my dreams. Finally this awesome lamp is as it should be.