Boogie oogie oogie.
My name is Molly and I’m a lamp-aholic. I. Love. Lamps. Just gonna put that out there. I can’t get enough of them and will always, ALWAYS pick them instead of overhead lighting in any situation. I have been known to walk by the office where Taylor is sitting, go in, switch on a lamp, switch off the overhead light and walk back out. They are just CLEARLY so much better. Am I right?
And, yes, in the past 2 weeks, I have bought 2 lamps. The first, from my Savvy Snoot hunt, needed a little TLC in terms of the switch. It was leaning to one side, so far that the light bulp touched the harp. (You can kind of see that in the photo below, where the yellow sticker meets the silver harp.) And if you weren’t extremely careful, the top part of the switch would come off of the bottom part when you turned it off and on. Home Safety fail.
So, I bought a new one at Home Depot for $3.50 and channeled my memories of Dr. Morton’s physics class.
And, I read the instructions. Very important. But, there was nothing tricky about it. The only “difficult” part was trying to figure out which wire to attach to which screw. The instructions said that one wire would have a ribbed casing and that one went on the silver screw. So, I was a little apprehensive that I did it incorrectly. But, I must have done something right, because look!
In other lamp news, I’ve been keeping an eye out for a new lamp for the dresser in the guest room. I was at the thrift store this weekend and found this guy for $8. (Bad blogger–forgot to take a proper “Before” photo. This has a coat of primer on it, so imagine it less white, more green.) It was a classic ginger jar shape and had these gorgeous filigree gold feet (which are underneath a bunch of blue painter’s tape). I tested it at the store—it worked—and I saw potential.
It came with an empire/bell-style silk shade that was actually in good condition, it just wasn’t the look I was going for. I tried to leave it at the thrift store, but they wouldn’t knock the price down if I left the shade, so I kept the shade. Which, I’m sure in six months will be BACK at the thrift store…. but it was a matter of principle, people.
Since the black of the famed luggage stand went over so well, I decided to bring the black over to the other side of the room and spray painted this puppy black. I found a cute burlap drum shade at Target that fit the bill. Here’s the After:
Total cost, with shade and spray paint: $31.
Am I the only lamp lover out there? Can’t be… right?