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.
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!
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:
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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