I don't think it's ugly anymore...
The shiny brass bottom is gone.
Was shiny, shiny brass ever in style??
Sometimes you just have to look at things for their shape and potential.
I used an oil based primer so the paint would stick to the metal, then layered on 3 different colors, one coat at a time.
I finished it by sanding it, and adding a clear, matte glaze.
Can you see the little bits of french blue, and ecru peeking through?
I topped it with a simple linen drum shade.
Last year,I wrote a post here when my oldest son and I went to the flea market together.
He found these signs, and just had to have them for the new room he was imagining in his head.
They've been jammed between the freezer and wall in my garage for about a year now.
We decided to hang them this weekend, (his room's coming along at a snail's pace). The one way sign had a big bend in it that I couldn't get out, no matter what I tried.
But....I came up with a solution.
We ran over it with my husband's big truck.