. . . And now I present to you the finished bookcase and lamps. It's been a little while since I had a project to work on and I didn't realize how much I missed it. It took a little longer than normal, but I was more thorough than usual because I had other projects to work on and didn't have to rush each one to completion. Hopefully you like what you see!
As a reminder, the short bookcase originally looked like this:
and paint & polyurethane:
Not bad, right? I was originally planning on using a high gloss white by Ralph Lauren, but when I opened the can I found rust in the paint, so I ended up using a grey-ish semi-gloss that I bought off the "oops" rack for $5. I originally thought I was going to replace it with another very narrow table I have in my living room, but the style and color didn't really work with what I have.
The lamps originally looked like this:
I love these lamps and am so happy with the way they turned out. Now these, I've decided to keep for myself! They're really tall and I don't have a place for them yet (nor have I found shades), but I feel like I should just wait for the right place to present itself. The lamps are some kind of ceramic and have a name etched into the corner of the center block, but I can't make it out. I keep thinking they might be my secret golden ticket. :) But even if they're not, I think they're great. I wanted the lamps to be very shiny & wet-looking, so the Home Depot people told me that Rust-Oleum Laquer would be the best product to use.
Here's what I used:
After applying a few coats, I realized that it wasn't shiny enough for me and applied some left over Clear Enamel spray. A few coats of that did the trick. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a wet glossy shine. I tried it on the bookcase and, I guess due to size, it didn't turn out so well. I ended up covering it with the polyurethane and all was good, so the lesson is to use the spray for smaller items only.
I still have another bookcase left, but I'd like to cover the back panel with a wallpaper/contact paper to do something different this time. I've yet to find what I'm looking for, but hopefully I will soon so I can get it done. If you're still with me by now, thanks!