Shabby Chic Fruit Bowl

When you’re a crafter & people know it, they sometimes give you things thinking that you can do something with it.  This project started with a friend giving me a pair of gold & glass cherub lamps that someone had given her.  She thought of me because I’m always creating something.  I’m going to get 2 or 3 projects from this pair of lamps.  Here’s my first one:

Before & After

This is what the little lamps looked like when I got them:

Lamps before.

From a distance, the didn’t look too bad.  But once you looked closer, you could see that they were in really bad shape.

Lamp Pieces

There was so much rust & discoloration.

Removing Wire from lamp

When I took the lamps apart, & cleaned the parts, I was left with these little cherubs. (They’re metal & a little on the heavy side)


I got out the Krylon white satin paint, and painted them on all sides:

Cherubs-painted.-close up

Once they were painted, I knew what I wanted to do.  I went to the local thrift shop to find a new base & top for it.  I found a couple of pieces that I thought would work.  But they were a cream color which made the cherubs too white:

Cherubs are too white

I tried to paint the cherub an Ivory color, but it was too dark for the bowls.

Too ivory

So, I dusted the cherub with a light coat of white.  It toned down the Ivory enough that it matched the dishes I’d chosen.  Once I’d gotten the color right, I got out the E-6000.

Dusted with white

I put a bead of the E-6000 on the base of the cherub

Putting E 6000 on the base

I turned the small bowl over & glued the cherub to the bowl.

Gluing Base of cherub to bowl

When the glue dried & I knew it would hold, I put a bead on the top of the cherub & glued the larger bowl to it.

Gluing Top of cherub to bowl

I let the glue dry for about an hour before I brought it into the house.  The glue is holding very well.

Finished Shabby Chic Lamps to Fruit Stand

I added some fresh lemons to the bowl:

Shabby Chic Lamps to Fruit Stand Centerpiece

And then added some silk leaves to the base of the lemons.

Lemons & Leaves

I think she turned out well.  And I’m sure she’ll soon become the inspiration for another tablescape.

Lemons & Leaves.-

Hope you enjoyed my little transformation.

Happy Creating everyone!

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  1. […] I had some projects around the house.  I painted our corner kitchen booth, turned a gold plated candelabra into a Shabby Chic Candelabra  and turned an old lamp into a Shabby Chic fruit bowl. […]