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It’s Electric

February 9, 2011
by thenestinggame

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!

Add one affordable shade from Lamps Plus vs. the impressive yet expensive Lamp Arts, and this lamp is done with its Hardly Extreme Home Makeover.

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?

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2011 11:51 am

    gosh, i love the lamps! no pun intended but you’ve led me to the “light.” i’ve never given ‘em my two cents worth in attention, but i think you’re onto something. i really like the end product, nice eye!

  2. Allie Clark permalink
    February 9, 2011 12:39 pm

    I love your blog Molly! I am starting to get inspired by you…I am about to break my sewing machine out for the first time in years this weekend! Keep writing and decorating, I love it!!!

  3. Elaine permalink
    February 9, 2011 12:42 pm

    Love lamps. Buy what I like, if the price is right.
    Molly, that explains my eclectic mixture of lamps in the house!

  4. February 17, 2011 3:50 pm

    I found your blog through a comment you left at YHL and I love it! I’m gonna have to read the archives… do you have a floorplan somewhere? Many thanks!

    • February 18, 2011 11:42 am

      Welcome! I don’t have a floorplan yet, though it’s on the list of things to do. Do you know of any sites that can help me do one? I bet I could search over at YHL and find one…

  5. February 18, 2011 10:33 am

    I’m in need of some major lighting in my new home. I cannot believe what you’ve done to these old lamps. You have an ability to see such potential! I’m ready to go junk shopping now. New to the blog – and I love it, can’t wait to keep reading!

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