Fall Leaves-Inspired Ombre Lamp
Fall’s colors often get pigeonholed into the “earthy, muted, beige, and bland” category. But as I look around my hometown this Fall, I see vibrant colors that would rival anything Summer has to offer!
I just about drove off the road the other day because I was staring at this gorgeous tree. I am a terrible road hazard when the leaves start to change. I drove back later to snap this photo because I knew I wanted the graduated colors to be the inspiration for this project.
When I got home, I dug out my paints and got my Bob Ross on, stirring paint and mixing colors to achieve an ombre palette spanning from purplish-red to verdant green.
My new IKEA table lamp was a perfect canvas for the finished colors. (Did I tell you I finally got to take my first trip to IKEA!?! So much fun!)
I bought a pack of four small adhesive stencils on clearance at Hobby Lobby a while back, and the striped stencil fit perfectly on the side of the lamp.
I applied the paints that I had mixed with a bit of glass etched medium, gradually moving from one color to the next.
Before the paints completely dried, I carefully pulled up the stencil. I repeated the same process, with different colors, on each of the lamp’s four sides. When the lamp was painted, I sprayed a clear protective coat of sealant over the whole thing.
Even though the inspiration for the colors came from autumn leaves, they are so lively and rich that I plan to use this lamp year-round as the nightlight in my daughter’s nursery.
Ombre is one of my favorite fall trends. What’s yours?