Saturday, October 2, 2010

Haunted Mansion Lamp

I have a few fun (and super cheappp) Halloween decorating ideas to share with you this year! We seem to be drawn to creepier decorations, as opposed to funny and comical halloween decor, but you can easily put your own stamp on these ideas.

Our first haunted mansion project is a spooky old lamp.
I was fortunate to have my new assitant help me with this one.
Meet Mazeppa.
We've made a few other changes to create a moody atmosphere as well.
Including dragging this banged up old dresser in to the entry way.
Which is where our new-old lamp will reside, so let's get on it! I started by keeping my eyes peeled for a regal looking old lamp while browsing my local thrift stores. I happened upon this old marble and brass one for $10. The shade was pretty damaged but the base was still in excellent condition so we brought it home.
Next, I took some black paint and basically smeared it on in layers with a dirty old rag. It makes it easy to play with if you use a brush to get in all the cracks and crevices, then use the rag to wipe away excess paint.
Once it looked good to me I let it dry. Then to spook it up a little more I draped some black cheese cloth over the shade (about $1.50 for a 6 foot length at the craft store).
And that's our perfectly creepy entry-way lamp, pulled together for a grand total of $11.50!


Hello My Pretties said...

I love all the candles scattered on the table like that.
I actually prefer the lamp base with the black/aged look, better than the before.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Spooktacular! You have some of the greatest ideas.

Kelly @"The Kosta Krew" said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this lamp! What a fabulous idea! I can't wait to make one of my own. You did a wonderful job! Thanks for sharing!

gail said...

cool AND creepy! great job

Allison said...

Very clever! I love it. I also love all those candles on the table!

Hazel Williams said...

I absolutely love this idea, and I'm adoring the price tag too!! LOVE IT!

:) Hazel

PS I love all the candles too!!

Lorie said...

I love it all!

Amy @ Journey Mum said...

That candle display is divine. Odd question, but are you using actual candles or those battery lit ones?

Holly and Sean said...

Thanks so much ladies!
Amy, they are real! I loaded up at Michael's last week when they were on super sale ($1-$3 each!).

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*LOVE your Fall decor Holly!!So creative and fab!!~*~*Hugs, Rachel ;)~*

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Krystal Wight Armstrong said...

Thanks for the tip, Holly; more helpful than you know! For my Senior 'thesis' project as a cinema student I'm the Production Designer for a short, based on Plato's Cave Theory that's set in an underground distopian society in the future, and I have to get tons of props to look like they've aged over a hundred years or more to fill the scenes with. So far we've used a lot of cheese cloth & roughed up fabric, beat up some rusty metal stuff, and rubbed some muddy water on stuff to dry all dingy.
But the streaky black paint rubbed off with cloth will probably come in really useful for our next big 'town' scene on a lot of things. Thanks a bunch, and I've really loved your last couple Halloweens & their decorations.
Happy Fall!

Little Lovables said...

I love it. what a neat lamp, you can do so much with it later too!

COCOCOZY said...

The lamp shade with the torn netting is fantastic. I like it for Halloween and is it weird that I think it is kind of cute for general decor?!?!

First visit here. Nice blog!


Vintage Amethyst said...

Oohh this looks great.
A few years ago I dressed our lamp for a Halloween party & bit like this and used some old black tights that I cut up & then stretched over the lamp shade & popped a few rips & tears in! So if you have any black tights handy that you don't need you could make this even cheaper too! I didn't waste the rest of the tights either as I used them on my arms as part of my costume!!!

Stacey @ Entropified said...

Awesome. Can't wait to see more of what you do.

Jen said...

O, I love Halloween. This is so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

Ohhhh that does look spooky!! That first picture gave me the heeby jeebies!!

Melissa said...

Love all your halloween decorations! How fun and spooky

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Just lovely! So much fun! I love your style! So fresh and breezy!

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