Driving down the road one day just mindin’ my business I turned the corner and there it was. Standing on the side of the road lookin’ for a ride home.
Yep! I squealed my car to a halt for that baby! The farm hands at that property watching me got a kick out of watching me stuff it into the trunk of my car. They must have just cleaned out the barn, dumping the rusted, cobweb covered lamp with other cast offs at the side of the road.
Do I care? Nope! I have no shame, people! I’m rescuing an antique from the side of the road that surely would be headed for the scrap yard. It’s not my fault they don’t know what they are looking at. I’d like to enlighten them but I don’t speak Spanish.
Oh well! Yuck it up, boys! Glad I could bring a smile to your face!
And down the road I go.
Once home I tucked it into my sewing room. I needed to contemplate a few things…..like where would I put it and what kind of shade do I use? Hmmmm.
Fast forward a year..maybe 2….I’m not sure. I’m home in the summer unemployed and inspired. I’m on a project finishing frenzy!
Up from the sewing room and onto the projecting porch. Let’s take a look.
Well this is gonna be fun!
I should inform you that I have a thing for lights/lamps. Once I found out I could just buy lamp wiring kits at Lowe’s and Home Depot-ha! I started creating and salvaging lamps with reckless abandon. I gave some away and sold one and kept some too. I just love it!
So now where to start….? Let’s take it apart!
I had a hard time intwisting the swivel head so I used this special spray. It’s like WD-40 only it’s for electrical stuff.
I don’t know if you can see it. There was brass underneath the tarnish. I’m still going to paint over it. There’s no brass on the base. That thing is iron and heavy. You won’t find that today very often.
So let’s paint first and then rewire. A nice glossy white for this and no spray paint will do. This will give a nice thick coating that will coat that rust.
After the paint was dry, I put it back together and rewired it.
Another look at a pretty detail.
Ok now for a lampshade. I had some chenille from a bedspread I thought would be fun. It’s sweet and girlie. Perfect!
Ok let’s stand her on my stool box for a good look!
As you can see the dresser was being done at the same time. There’s time between coats of paint to bounce back and forth. Time management….I’m not patient and need something to keep me busy in between. Oh and what is this?
I’m not gonna paint the whole porch this summer but a patch job is certainly in order! Yikes!
Ok this is where my lovely floor lamp ended up.
Love it when things just come together. Nothing I do ever comes out “perfect”…actually that’s how I prefer it. Perfectly Imperfect!