This past weekend, I spent a lot of time cleaning and restoring many of the items I recently purchased at local rummage sales. Most of the pieces will probably take several weekends to complete, however I managed to finish one project – the yellow lamp. When I saw this lamp and its price ($1.50), I knew I had to have it. For its age (I reckon it’s from the 70s), the lamp was in remarkably good shape. The yellow color was still incredibly vibrant and the base was spotless and untarnished. The only part that showed age was the lamp’s rusted metal neck – something easily fixed with a few coats of spray paint.
Rather than purchase a shade for the lamp, I decided to try a project I found online. During a recent time suck (a.k.a. Pinterest browsing), I ended up on a lifestyle blog (sadly I can’t remember the name) that featured photos of a vignette with two bright yellow lamps with black wire shades. By removing the shade’s fabric, the lamp was transformed into a modern and somewhat sculptural piece. Lamp shades can be so boring and I just loved how the simple wire shade added so much visual interest, while at the same time reducing the lamp’s visual weight.
Lucky for me, my mom had an old lamp shade she was planning to trash. I removed the fabric and then sprayed the shade, lamp neck and finial with black gloss spray paint. I finished the look by adding a vintage Edison bulb. Right now I’ve decided to place the lamp on the dresser in the master bedroom, however I love it so much I may place it in a high traffic area so more eyeballs with see it!
Have you restored anything lately? I would love to see the before and after photos!