Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Found-Object Finials - Fun, fun, fun!


The moment I saw this 1970's lamp at Julie's garage sale, I knew I wanted to do something with it. 

The painted metal was all flaky, and not in a good way, so it needed paint or stripper or something. I was not sure just what at first.


I loved the details, and I knew it could be SOMETHING.
Even though its life as a lamp was just a memory, this piece had a future!


On Pinterest, I had seen some found object finials done by another blogger. I imagined this lamp might make a lovely finial. I also considered reworking it as a lamp, but it is taller than I usually prefer my lamps to be.


I removed the "gas light" key to save and use in a future lamp, and that necessitated finding other components to fill in the space. 

If you've ever re-wired a lamp, you'll remember the components are held together by an internal rod with screw threads on either end. 

I could have found a shorter internal rod, but I chose to keep the original one and try to find other components to complete the finial.That proved to be more difficult than I imagined it would be. Either the hole in an object was too small for the rod to slip through it, or it was too large. 

I have been collecting an assortment of odd wood pieces and components when I find them in thrift stores. 



I was happy to be able to use some of them! These wooden drapery finials were .50c each. I wish I'd bought more. When I went back to buy them, they had been snapped up already.


I added a little gray and some white plaster paint, and voila!


A drapery finial and an ugly candlestick came together pretty well to make a fairly sweet-looking finial. The whole is greater than sum of the parts. Symbiotic relationships are just the best! 



This "finial" didn't even require glue - the drapery finial just sits there nicely, balanced on the candlestick. Theoretically, the candlestick is still a candlestick, so I can use it as one if I ever change my mind. 


The other large finial on the back, left side is actually a large piece of turned wood I bought from neighbors in Houston years ago. It was a gift from a friend who loved to do turned wood. 

I have used it as a candlestick, a small table (with a plate on top), and now it simply has a smaller garage sale finial sitting on top of it, not even glued down. 

Just like the smallest finial, it can still be used for a candlestick or small table. Hmmm. I may have a problem here...How is that for non-committal? 


I still need to find just the perfect little something to top off the lamp finial - a tiny finial that will fit where the nut tightens all the components together. Everything I have tried so far is too large. 

Oh, well. I guess I'll just have to keep trolling the thrift stores in search of something!


Word for the Day:
Haggai 2:9
The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.’”

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9 comments:

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Wow, that made a great finial. I myself love finials, but I only have
3 small ones. These all looked great on your fireplace.
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings, Nellie

lynn said...

these are so clever, revi! love them! happy weekend!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

This is one of the colest ideas. Totally re-transformed. Very unique and grouping looks great by the fireplace

Ornate Splendor said...

Hi Revi! What a great idea! Love how you put this look together with found pieces. Well done! Catherine

Sarah said...

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Jeannie Marie said...

I love what you did with them and how you used it in your decorating! Gorgeous!

Susan Homeroad said...

I love them! Great idea and write up my alley... I love to revamp lamps!
Susan

Danielle said...

They look lovely. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

Kim said...

I have the perfect finial for you! Seriously, It has a screw and all and I bet it would fit!! It would go perfectly with the lamp, which is ingenius BTW!

email me and I'll mail it to you.

Kim@reposhture