I was completely taken aback by cheerupem0kidx0x's room she was working on for her son - especially the Bob-omb lamp from Super Mario. So I dragged my husband to Value Village and somehow the Fates were on my side and I found a perfectly round small lamp and a black lamp shade. The lamp itself was $5 and the shade was $4.
To begin with, the lamp looked like this:
And here's a closer look at the strange pinkish colour it was:
So I took it outside and primed it with a spray primer, about 2 coats - and then I did...hmm...maybe 6 layers of black craft paint as each one dried. That was probably the worst part, just waiting for it to dry so I could move on to another step.
Then I cut out the shape of feet I wanted from our massive water heater box that is currently residing on the back deck. I decided to bring back grade one and do paper mache for the feet. I will never ever do that again. I suck at paper mache to begin with - but oy! Next time I'll make feet out of clay, I think.
So when the paper mache dried I decided to use wood filler to sort of round everything out. I was happier with how it looked with the wood filler than without (I just used Elmers Wood Filler) and put a couple layers of that on - I wet my fingers and sort of smoothed it out like clay. I then painted the feet orange (took several coats)
The most fiddly bit was the crank on the back - I was originally going to use cardboard, but hubby and I ended up going to Home Depot and picked up some thin wood that he cut into shape with his scroll saw.
I painted the crank and then held it in place after using Weldbond (glue). Once it was dry I gave it two coats of varnish, let it dry and voila! Done!
I was originally making it for a friend, but now I'm not so sure - I kinda like it - lol
I'm least happy with the feet, but I'm done with them at this point. Next time I'll definitely try a different technique.
Original cheerupem0kidx0x post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=353982.0