Ok so, I found a relatively unattractive late 80s or early 90s table lamp, but I saw so much potential in it.
I immediately knew I wanted to disassemble it and rewire it as a pendant light. (There were actually a pair of these, but pendant lights should be in odd numbered groupings and I don’t need two matching lamps, so I gasp split up the pair, but now I really want to go grab the other one and make an extra for a friend or maybe even to sell…)
This is more or less what it will look like hanging.
And here is the glass with the old country-blue paint removed from the inside:
My initial thought was to do a faux mercury glass technique, which is technically opaque but with the spotting would allow light through the sides, plus the opening on the bottom is fairly large, so it will allow a fair bit of light out the bottom. But now that I ha e it all clean and looking like a gorgeous paper lantern, I am questioning it. I could do a black detail in the depressions and a cherry red transparent/translucent on the rest, but I am worried my husband won’t really like the light that casts. Or a sort of frosty white all over so it just glows when it is on. There are so many options here! Help me decide! (All of these would be reverse painted like the original, on the inside, because I prefer that look, and I have already done my research about spray paints and bulb temps so that is a non-issue.)