Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lamp Cannibal

Yes-ladies and gentlemen, I am a lamp cannibal. Those were the words that came to mind as I took three light-fixtures into my living room, with plans to "re-work" them.

Exhibit #1 - a gift from Susan and Nolan. 

This lamp is relatively new, and much fancier than my home. It has an interesting base and central components, encased in a metal rope thing with metal tassels. While I won't use the lamp as a whole, I'm scavenging components from it for future use. I'll let you know when I figure out exactly what.

Exhibit #2 - a large 1970s lamp from Julie's garage sale.

Likewise, this lamp would never make the cut "as-is" in my home, but I could definitely see possibilities!

Pretty metal components - I can see them now painted in faux chalk paint...

How about the key? The good thing is that all the pieces are just stacked together and held by the center pole with nuts on the ends. You don't even really need tools to take them apart!

This part is garbage, but all the other parts are usable.

This is a different sort of "lamp." It was the center of a very large leaded glass light fixture. I began taking it apart at Julie's garage sale, and left the big glass dome that covered it with her. I just wanted the sweet brass chandelier thing from the center. 

Even though the candle covers were missing or just plain ratty-looking or broken, I love the simplicity of the form. 

I'm pretty sure I can find new covers, or fabricate them out of something. Otherwise, this needs nothing but a little screw-tightening and a cord. 

After my past couple of weekends moving furniture and mattresses and non-productive labor, I think I need some small-project instant gratification! 

I plan to up-cycle these lamps and make something useful and attractive from them. 

I'll be sure to photograph and post about the results!

Word for the Day:
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

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Anna said...

I thought you may appreciate this post about candle covers and silk wrapped below:

farmhouse-story said...

i love that last piece!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love the way your mind works! I can see the possibilities, too ...Fabulous! Can't wait to see what you do.

Tea in the Library said...

Can't wait to see what you come up with. Love when people can see the possibilities in a piece. Happy SYC!

Donna Wilkes said...

I keep a box of lamp parts in the workroom - they can always be counted on for interesting additions to projects. Eagerly anticipating what you do with the last little beauty.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Revi, you've got the makings of some beauties. Can't wait to see! Thanks for sharing with SYC.