Welcome to Lamp Week! I’m so glad you’ve joined me today. I hope you’ll be back often this week to catch each lamp update. So much fun, y’all!
I want to show you a lamp that lives upstairs in the little-used guest room. I call it the nostalgia room.
Do you remember the birdcage? The retro one? It was in the spotlight of Retro Bird-Cage Refreshed.
Remember Aunt Mecy, the fast talker and faster driver great-aunt? The aunt that gave me the bird-cage? She also gave me a floor lamp the day we ventured into her dusty attic 30 years ago.
Today’s lamp update: Aunt Mecy’s antique floor lamp. It hides quietly in a corner. Between the antique rocker and early 20th-century sewing machine. Never used these days and mostly forgotten.
Look at that shade! Can you tell it’s been neglected about 25 years? At least!
Originally black, I freshly painted it 30 years ago. Still looks great. Timeless black decor.
Three weeks ago, I noticed the shade on this historical beauty needed an update. Yes, beauty! Just look at those legs, y’all! So petite. So stylish.
OK, so I found an updated lampshade. It turned out to be the right size and scale. That never happens! How many times have you bought a shade for an existing lamp at home? How many times have you come home with the new shade, only to discover it is all wrong?
Only almost every time.
Our current shade styles are so very retro – perfect fit for this lamp.
Moved the rocker and slid the lamp to the window. So very happy to see some direct daylight!
As is typical with me, I just couldn’t leave it alone.
Had to mess with it.
Couldn’t be satisfied with the plain shade.
Don’t laugh when you see it, y’all.
I beg you.
Cause it was a total failure! Overpowering. Scale all wrong. Color too strong.
In The Land of Making Do, I was making do again. Only one “&” stencil in the whole house. Should have waited for a trip to civilization to find the right size. For perfect scale. Beauty befitting a lamp with such legs!
But I didn’t, so it sat in the corner a couple more weeks. Ugly shade and neglected, once again.
Does God ever supply what you need without you asking? I didn’t even ask. We think He doesn’t care about our little stuff. The tiny details of life. But He does, y’all! He totally supplied my solution!
Found a new blog to follow. It’s called the Unskinny Boppy. Beth, the blogger, is funny! Has hilarious pictures of her very own “HH” and funny little sayings. Things I could totally relate to. I want you to visit her, ’cause you’ll get a huge laugh. Probably more than once. (Also, she has very creative ideas.)
We all need to laugh. Humor was invented by God, y’all! He has a tremendous sense of humor, and He shows it to me often.
I think He likes to make me laugh, ’cause He knows how much I love it. He made me that way. Did He make you that way, too?
Beth at Unskinny Boppy posted a blog about doing this same treatment to her lamp. (I copied her, ’cause that’s what I do best.) I’d not found her site until last week, but I was instantly intrigued by her lamp she updated by “sweatering” a shade. I love the sweater she used – has little balls on it.
I have one that’s similar, but it’s pink. Determined to use it but still deciding where. You can see Beth’s lamp HERE. But, please don’t rush off to see hers quite yet.
I hope you’re signed up to follow – through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, WordPress, or e-mail. So you’ll get the message. So I’ll see you right back here for my next lamp reno.
Don’t forget to go see Beth’s lamp. I know you want to.
Go ahead. It won’t hurt my feelings.
Here are the links to all lamp renos we’ve done this week: