I'd been wanting to play with a brass lamp. Opportunity presented itself.
These particular lamps were $3.50 each. While at times I'm willing to blow that same amount on a Diet Coke and 6-pack of chocolate wax donuts for breakfast, I thought that was too much to spend on an actual working lamp, let alone $7.00 for the pair.
So I walked away.
I went back into the shop a week later for a matching bra and toilet plunger. My lamps were still there.
AND, it was half-off-anything-electrical week!
I walked out of the shop with both lamps AND 2 back issues of Better Homes & Gardens for a nickel apiece. Grand total for the shopping excursion: $3.82. Score.
I sanded best I could and was perfectly happy to mask and tape before priming and painting.
Instead, I headed out for work the next morning and found Philly sitting at the table looking like he was part of a bomb squad that was searching for a weapon of mass destruction within my wee little lamp.
It turned out to be a bomb-free lamp, but now I had to get clever about priming my pieces.
Then I blasted those babies with some Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint.
It's a good thing Phil knows how to put crap back together.
I picked up a burlap lamp shade for 10 smackers, and Bob's Your Uncle. For a grand total of about $15 (lamp, shade, primer, and paint), Philly has a new bedside lamp!
It can't be wrong when it feels so right.
Here's the lamp that used to be on his nightstand. I'm not even kidding.
The happy couple:
'Cause you....you light...up...my.........life.....
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