In the meantime, here's one that I finished about two years ago; an old set of lamps that I gave new life:
This really was a simple project- so much so that I didn't really think about sharing it. That is, until this month's Better Homes and Gardens Magazine came in the mail, and had this on one of the pages:
Better Homes and Gardens, March 2015
Ok, could this lamp be more similar to mine?! It's even the exact same lamp shade! I guess I'm on the right track then, right? Anyway, I thought this was just too funny, so I had to share.
My two lamps are hand-me-downs from my parents, and I'm pretty sure they are older than me. I think just about everyone either has some of these style lamps laying around, or at least could easily find them in a thrift shop. You know that saying about if you hold on to something long enough it eventually comes back into style? Well, I think these lamps are making a come back.
Mine started out looking like this (or should I say after their first 30 years they looked like this):
I just sanded it lightly, and spray painted it the nice purple color you see above. I did tape off the actual socket piece and the end of the cord to avoid painting it.
When buying a new shade, just make note of the shade support-thingy (yes, I always stick to technical terms!) so that you know which style to buy. Some shades hook on right at the socket, while others have a hoop above the bulb like these. In case it helps, here's what the new shade looks like when it's attached:
I think these lamps look nicest in bold colors, but pick what works for you!
Lamps- free (Thanks, Mom and Dad!)
Shades- $25 each (according to BHG's article!)
20 minutes + time to dry
How about you- any good finds in Mom and Dad's basement? Hopefully all of this talk about the really old things in my parent's basement hasn't made my "old man" too grumpy... ;)
It was nice to surface from study land for a little bit, but it's back to the books for me...