June 14, 2013

White Frenchness and Brocante Lighting

"Burlap Luxe Home"

My new old thrift find; I am enamored with this find.
For centuries France has produced, safe to say the best lighting but, along with that is their pricey tags.

You can often find reproductions and antiques that hold great tag sales as well as, estate sales and antique dealers but, when a great old reproduction comes along you might have to upstyle its dated look as I did here.

GoodWill find $7.00 in a garishly dated 1970's Lime Green &Yellow paint finish. It had the right shape and a surprise to being wood it allowed me to strip it down and add a chippy wash of white to it.

Having the right subtle and harmonious colour adds to the atmosphere of any rustic
French home.

I am pleased with the paint treatment I gave it, the little splits in the wood add the right kind of rightness to its age.

I never undervalue lighting when a piece can pull off that rustic French role
it will play in a room.

Inspiring white Frenchness with a hint of lavender.


lynn cockrell said...

What a great find, Dore! Leave it to you to see the potential hidden away beneath that 70's green color on your lamp. She now speaks softly and beautifully in her new chippy white adornment. She looks lovely under her new white shade, too!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

It looks wonderful! You did an amazing job!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

The lamp looks just wonderful--I love Goodwill! You did a lovely job with it.

pballard said...

Love the lamp also. Hope you have a wonderful weekend...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonsoir ma chère!

You inspire me, and I have been taking more and more photos that I hope you will like. I have a current post up, but will change it on Monday and I hope you will visit to get a glimpse of how you inspired me. I love he photo of your kitchen; I also contacted one of the magazine editors that you have worked with and I just need to send more photos. I hope this works for me as I truly want to publish. Bravo to you and all your work. Anita

Junkchiccottage said...

It is beautiful. Great job. What a great deal.

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

So pretty, and I love the little table it's standing on too! X Sharon

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Oh what a find! You always work your magic sweet one.Hugs to you and Miss Hannah, Kim xoxo

Bente said...

Love the the little table and the lamp looks so very pretty. You did a fantastic job. Your photos always take my breath away. Gorgeous

Have a great weekend

Hugs from here

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...


Just beautiful transformation - would love to have seen a "before" pic - love to see the date old stuff made to fit a lovely French decor.

I love your blog and your beautiful home/space - gorgeous!

Thanks so much for visiting me so I could find you!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...


I am your newest follower!!

Vera said...


Don't you just love it when a piece cries out to you and says "make me pretty again"!

Beautifully recreated for your pretty and soulful home.

I'm about to experiment on making a crinkled linen lampshade on a wire frame. I'm going to attempt to dip it in fabric stiffener then artfully wrinkle it and adhere it to a fireproof shade liner and wrap the wire frame with it. Wish me luck ;^)

Again you capture the essence in your amazing photography, always a delight to come for a visit.


Suz said...

Lovely lamp. I'm sprinting to my nearest Goodwill. This was another inspirational post that gets me thinking outside of the box.

Faded Charm said...

Great find and your treatment added to the perfect shape of this lamp fits wonderfully into your home....love the whole corner!

Hope you are enjoying Summer.


It's me said...

Wowww wow wow ...o my Dore....all looks wonderful...i love your style....happy weekend...love Ria...x !!

Rhonda said...

I have not been in a Goodwill for months, you always inspire me to grab my keys and go hunting.

Oh, if only my salvaged pieces turned out this beautiful.

Heaven's Walk said...

I love this, Dore! It truly does look like a vintage piece! You are amazing, girl. Will you share the technique you used to create this patina? :)

xoxo laurie

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

WOW...what a find indeed,it is stunning..looks like it would cost a small fortune...lucky lady to have found it and know what a hidden gem it was..xo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My dear Doré! SO GOOD TO SEE YOU VISIT! And welcome to chez moi.

I will keep in contact with YOU as I hope to take a similar turn as you did by submitting some photos to a magazine, but first, my poetry class is going to take up my summer, and I'm excited about that. In the meantime, I will click away with my camera and try to create visual poetry and maybe one day, both the arts will come together.

How lovely is your cuisine française on your sidebar, that made it into Romantic Country! I hope to be in a magazine one day.

Bisous ! Anita

French Basketeer.com said...

Dore, you always amaze me with your ability to turn these pieces into such beauty! Love the lamp; it's perfect~

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Beautiful, Dore! You did an amazing job painting and distressing the light. Love your gorgeous and peaceful home, as always.


Laura said...

wow, what a bargain dore! and you have made it look amazing!!! I also love your beautiful little side table! hope you are doing great and that all is well in your peaceful world xx

Cindy said...

Wow! That lamp had a lime green and yellow paint finish!!?? It looks like a totally gorgeous expensive high end lamp now! Way to go!


must love junk said...

Well your 'dated' lamp sure is beautiful now! :)

Joanne Bischof said...

There's just something about sprigs of lavender :)

Pedro Diaz said...

wow is wonderful



Pura Vida said...

what a lovely little thing to look at! love the lavender too

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I love that you don't judge a book (or in this case a lamp) by it's cover! The transformation is beautiful!!

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Ivy and Elephants said...

What an amazing find! And in that green, how did you ever see past it to find such a gorgeous piece?!
It looks fabulous, just proving you have a great eye and skills to match!

Frøken Anker said...

It looks beautiful. The lamp looks just wonderful!

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Oh my gosh, Dore...I love that find, and I just posted a comment to your lovely comment on my blog and had to pop over here and wouldn't you know it? That little project I am working on (the sewing one) came from Goodwill as well! Seriously! I had to laugh when I came over here and saw your fab lamp and where it came from and here I am working on a Goodwill find as well....

And as usual, you can find the best treasures that others just don't see...that is why you are you :-)

Big hugs

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Oh it came out beautiful! I love, love, love that look.

helen tilston said...

Hello Dore

Your keen eye spotted this great lamp and your vision then realized is truly spectacular.

Wishing you a week of joy

Helen xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful find. There is something about striking decorative details against white. So classic.

Woodside Park said...

Dear Dore,
The lamp is beautiful! And I love how you've layered this entire vignette. With the door, the old mirrors....such depth!
x Loi

Anonymous said...

You really did find a steal at Goodwill. I like what you have done with the paint job as well. It does give it a rustic type of look. The hint of lavender just puts the icing on the cake.

My Website: Split-Site PhD

Anonymous said...

You really did find a steal at Goodwill. I like what you have done with the paint job as well. It does give it a rustic type of look. The hint of lavender just puts the icing on the cake.

My Website: Split-Site PhD

Christine said...

Hello again!
I was wondering how you get dark furniture into the beautiful, light wood to white wash?

I've just discovered the joys of Citrustrip and am stripping 17 antique doors for my home.

I find myself very attracted to the light, white/gray washed finishes, but don't know how to bring really dark wood up to that state. Could you share your advice? Thank you.

Karena said...

Dore your lamp is amazing; and to think so many people would just walk past it!

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LaSillaChic said...

Hy Dorè, love your works, I' d been out for two months and now I found your wonderful works. They inspire me , congrats. From BsAs Arg, Julia C.