Hopefully you’ve watched this charming show… So good. Anyway, this is all about a little reunion and a little makeover. Chris had the lamp, pictured below, for a while… all through college, I think. He had been given it from his grandpa… I think they found it in a basement. It was originally wood with a cream and brown ceramic base. But when I helped chris move to Portland and decorate his apartment, I painted it white, black and gray. In my defense, it was sort of beat up.
Reunion time (I am terrible at taking real before photos, just in-the-midst photos, but you can imagine):
Yes, we found a match!
We were visiting the Arths over the 4th of July weekend which just happened to be the weekend of the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. And let me just tell you, that place is amazing. Miles and miles of old things, as far as the eye can see… AND, even luckier, Chris’ dad was driving up to Portland the following week to take part in the Seattle to Portland bike ride which meant we could buy stuff and he’d bring it up to us! We got a few things, but for the sake of this story, we got this lamp. We were almost about to leave when we came across it. Looking a little sad and dingy. I think the seller initially want $25 for it but I only had about $15 in cash left. Plus, I told her we had its friend at home and she felt bad for it and gave us a deal.
When I saw this new, old one, I wondered why I had ever painted the old, old one. Because the ceramic part was pretty gnarly, I planned on painting it but restoring the wood. To do that, I had to strip it. I used Citristrip, which worked like a charm. And followed that up with mineral spirits and some very fine steel wool. There were parts where the paint had gotten into some tiny cracks and I had to work a little harder.
Then I gave ‘em a bit of a sand and followed that up with Howard’s Feed N Wax. I love this stuff. It’s like magic when you see the wood get all shiny and nice again.
The ceramic base on the new, old lamp, as I mentioned, was a little beat up. It had some small chunks missing which I ended up patching with drywall spackle. I read about that, folks, on the internet. How did we ever figure out how to do anything before?
The patching and sanding seemed to work pretty well.
After I took the lamps apart and was about to paint, I got a little nervous as the ceramic bases weren’t going to stand up by themselves. Luckily, I’m a genius, and I rigged up this amazing little lamp-painting-spit. I found these chunks o’ cinder blocks in our “garden” and they worked so perfectly.
Enough about my genius brain…
I used two lamp kits with new harps. I think they were like, $10 each or something. If you have ever been intimidated by rewiring lamps, don’t be. There are a million videos online plus they come with pretty clear directions. It’s a cinch.
I could tell you more about that, and maybe that’s part of what blogs are about? I don’t know. Just look it up.
Dun, dun, dun! Done. Two amazing lamps. They are actually quite huge. The plan is that they will live in the bedroom. So we will see how the scale works out. Our bedroom is not huge, so they could be overpowering. But I like them.