Sunday, December 2, 2012

you....light up...my life....

We have a great thrift store in town.  I went in a few weeks ago looking for some lace panties and a toilet brush, and I saw a pair of brass lamps sitting high atop a shelf.

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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5 comments:

  1. So glad someone knew how to reassemble the lamp. Will you do the other the same way? Love that finish and it sure beats the baseball lamp in style points.

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  2. OMG...you crack me up! Underwear and toilet stuff at the thrift store...ew. Nice score on the lamps and you certainly made them look all lovely! Nicely done girl!

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  3. I Love the lamps, is Philly a new man with his big boy lamp? What a bargain, ill be waiting for the pantie and toilet plunger post, you'll be modelling both wont you?

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  4. Love it! I hope you'll link up! http://www.dagmarbleasdale.com/2013/09/thrifty-vintage-finds-link-party-9/

    Dagmar
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  5. Love the result, may i ask what you used to sand it down?

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