Restoration Hardware knockoff lamp

First of all, I need to clarify that Restoration Hardware does not carry a lamp like this! 
Really, I was just going for the gray washed look like they have in a lot of their furniture.  
So here's the story:
On one of my shopping excursions, I saw this lamp:

Kind of unique, interesting.  
I stood there looking at it for a minute and then slowly wandered off, not really having any ideas pop in my head. 
Welllll......if you know me, then you know the rest of the story already.
Yep.  I drove home without it, and then the next morning rushed back to hopefully get it!
Sheesh.  I'll never learn.
I decided to give it a gray wash.  
No real recipe here, sorry.  A little water in the bottom of my paint cup, and then about three dips of the paint stirrer in Annie Sloan's Paris Gray.  

Whoa, Nellie.  It went on way too heavy!  
(that should attest to the great coverage of this paint- even with it being a little watered down!)
I got it all on, and then quickly grabbed some damp rags and started wiping it down.  It was sort of trial and error, but once the rag had enough paint on it, it was almost like repainting it. 

I know that sounds weird, but it took just enough off, and smoothed out the brush marks.  
I found that working in a vertical pattern was much better for a weathered look.

Much better!

I got a natural lamp shade that had some black piping on it.  Then added a little mini chalkboard and a vintage key tied with jute, just for a little embellishment.

Oooh, I really like this one!
Wishing I could keep it, but there's no room.  Plus, it looked nice with the dresser I posted about yesterday!

This thing is an absolute beast.  It's solid wood! 
You can definitely get some arm muscle carrying it around.
Here was the idea behind the lamp via Restoration Hardware:

See?  Kinda similar?
This was a fun one to work on.  I've not seen too many wooden lamp bases out there, but if you come across one, snag it! And then you can make your own! 


  1. Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!


  2. I am so enamored of all the gray in Restoration Hardware right now. Sigh... Lamp re-do looks amazing. Enjoy!

  3. Wow that lamp even LOOKS like a work out! What I great find and an even greater redo!

  4. Great eye! I can definitely see it!


  5. Where did you find it!??! I LOVE it!!! I'd love to have you link it to my party that just started! Overflowing with Creativity!!! Thanks LOTS!

    XO, Aimee

  6. that is AMAZING, denise! it looks like a ridiculously expensive lamp- seriously!

  7. This looks really awesome. Such a great transformation! :)

  8. I could so picture that lamp at Restoration Hardware! And the cute little chalkboard is a nice touch! Thanks for sharing!

  9. So LOVE this lamp!! I have been doing some makeovers like this one and my customers are buying them faster than I can make them:) Yours will go FAST!!


  10. I would never have given that lamp a second look. After you worked your is now stunning! Now adding wooden lamp to the TOP of my thrifting list! :)


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