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Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Brass is back!

When my sis and I were in Dallas a few weeks ago, we stumbled across the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and decided to duck in.  I'm glad we did!  I found some super cheap plywood pieces for an upcoming project, and this little $5 beauty. 

I liked the shape of it and picked it up intending to repaint it.  But you know what?  I'm kinda loving it as is!  I swapped out a shade from a lamp I'm not using right now.  I love the warm metal tone, it's perfect for fall!

A few keys to using brass:
*Steer clear of a finish that is too glaring and shiny and bright yellow, look for a warm mellow glowing tone.
*The shade should be a crisp, modern shape.
*And while you're at it, mix those metals up a bit.  Go ahead. It's o.k.

Mandi found this beautiful lamp at a thrift store and toned down the bright brassiness with-our favorite-Rub N Buff.

                                                                                Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

A few more brass beauties-


                                                                             Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

So, go ahead and keep sending your old brass lamps to the thrift store.  I might just snatch them up. :)

Linking up with:
Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality

Would you like to comment?

  1. I absolutely love aged pieces of brass. I have a lamp, tons of candle sticks & some decorative pieces. Your find was great!


  2. Great find, and your styling is spot on, as usual! Love the one with the black shade on that rustic table!

  3. I love both lamps, great finds! Your sofa tables vignette is beautiful!

  4. I love gold frames and brass in certain items. Not a fan of brass knobs unless paired with black doors. I also like certain types of brass with certain light fixtures. I do not care for brass faucets ether. I guess as an accent piece is where my tastes lay.

  5. You make me want to jump in my car and head for my ReStore because I Love, Love, Love Brass!! I kept mine (even when it was "out") and I snag any and all I see at Thrift Stores too (boo, now the prices may go up).

  6. I love a bit of brass here and there - and that shape is great. Looks so perfect on your table - I love how you style!

  7. 5$ wow what a find! I want to go shopping with you! Hehe. Love it!! You have inspired me to pull out some of my old brass candlesticks!!

    Blessings - Sara

  8. LOVE IT! So very true about brass! I hate rules anyway! Do what you LOVE right?

  9. Everything seems to run full circle doesn't it? :) Your lamp looks wonderful! I subscribe to using what you love, not what "someone" says you should.


  10. Watch brass door knobs come back in style the day after I finish painting them all silver.... lol

  11. I have always owned brass accessories and think it is such a nice bold element to add to any room when mixing up the metals. Great examples here; love your finds.

  12. I love that brass is back. It brings such warmth. I totally agree - don't go too yellow, though. Great examples!

  13. The way you have illustrated the use of brass in house painting is wonderful. I, too, happen to own a few pieces of brass and am looking forward to using them in the redecoration of my home.

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