Ugly lamp bases, take a look!

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I'd win a contest if there was one for the ugliest lamp! I will post pic, it speaks for itself!
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t ugly lamp bases, lighting
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  • DP DP on Dec 03, 2016
    You could paint it and maybe outline the bow in a color that would match your decor

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    • DP DP on Dec 15, 2016
      I would think that with the high gloss you would need to sand it some and use a spray on primer too. The paint needs something to grab onto.

  • William William on Dec 03, 2016
    Its a Vintage Ginger Jar lamp from the 70's. You win the UGLY LAMP contest =:) I agree with DP. You an use craft ceramic paint to paint just the ribbon or paint the whole lamp.

  • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom on Dec 04, 2016
    Oh my - that is crazy! But it would look awesome spray painted!

  • Julies1949 Julies1949 on Dec 05, 2016
    I would spray paint the whole lamp base one color so the bow blends in.

  • Carole Lee Philipps Carole Lee Philipps on Dec 11, 2016
    If you want drama, spray them matte black, then paint the bow metallic gold or silver. Switch lamp shade to black. Another possibility: Take all of the electrical parts off and take the bases really glazed in refined in a color that you will love.

  • Carole Lee Philipps Carole Lee Philipps on Dec 11, 2016
    Wow Auto correct made a mess of that sentence. Take the lamps to a ceramic studio and have them glazed and refired.


  • Lonnie Lonnie on Dec 12, 2016
    Awwww, poor, poor lamp. It just needs a little TLC. Paint the base green and the bow an actual red, bring it out at Christmas for the guest room...or not. Just don't hurt it.

    • Hunter Thompson Hunter Thompson on Dec 14, 2016
      Guess what? I actually have A PAIR of these...and they are HUGE. Thanks for sharing your idea, though!


  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on Dec 12, 2016
    Don't you have an aunt who would love to have this? Can you put it on sale? Naturally it depends on your home style. I can't see it in a modern living-room, spray painted or not. You could wrap it in tissus as a whole?

  • Dounia2 Dounia2 on Dec 13, 2016
    In a little girl's room!

  • Carole Lee Philipps Carole Lee Philipps on Dec 15, 2016
    I gilded the inside of a black shade with gold gilding sheets from Michael's and the lamp just glows.

  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on Dec 15, 2016
    I am sorry I didn't reply earlier. Some Hometalk posts arrive at my Spam, others in my regular box. Also when I say : tissues you understand the paper kind (to blow your nose in hihihi). I mean "tissus" as in textile. (lost in translation here).
    If you could choose a nice piece of textile, put the lamp on it in the middle, the lift the textile upwards at the ends and put a nice ribbon around the" neck " of the lamp , just below the little switch, like you would do if you wrap a bottle .
    It is just an idea...

  • Drwoofx Drwoofx on Dec 23, 2016
    I'm thinking of using a rock type textured spray paint on the jar and paint the bow cobalt blue. Shade? A metallic to pick up a shade in the rock finish? JMHO

  • Ann Marie Ann Marie on Dec 25, 2016
    Well, I must be the odd one out -- I kinda like them just the way they are ! lol They're kinda retro and funky, though they do give off a "little girl" sort of vibe. I think they would be a bit much used together, but maybe in separate parts of the house ? Or just use one someplace and let it be a focal point ? Like in an entryway or on a sofa/console table or as a reading lamp in a corner nook ?
    Worse comes to worse, if you just want to get rid of them, I'd be happy to take them off your hands and give them a good home !!

    • Sharon Sharon on Dec 31, 2016
      I like it too! No one has to have a perfect "Home Beautiful" house. keep it, fix it or..give it away. No one should judge you for this quirky lamp. It IS different....& cute! Enjoy it!

  • Pam Pam on Dec 29, 2016
    They are loud. If you want to keep one I would also paint it one color and maybe highlight the bow. Use one only so they won't be overpowering.