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Fat Brass Lamp

October 4, 2011
by thenestinggame

I think we can all agree that brass is back, no? I mean, there are certain brass touches I am not a fan of, but give me some old, burnished, weathered brass any day.

Like my parrot. And little brass chalices.

So when I saw this fattie at my favorite sketchy flea market, well…I waited.

Not sure why I waited. It was only $20. And I’d been halfway searching for a lamp like this ever since I saw one at our fab florist’s apartment during the wedding extravaganza. But I courted this one for a month or more before finally taking it home. It’s the Corduroy of lamps.

Also, THAT’S my Moody Glam wall! Isn’t that 5 foot section purty?

But, Chub needed a new shade. I actually left the shade that was on it at the thrift store. And I wanted to go big! bold! glam!

Enter one shady lady:

This mamma jamma is 15″ wide and super enormous. Full disclosure—see the little dings down toward the bottom? Well this was the SECOND shade I had sent to me. The first one was completely beat up, despite being in a giant box with tons of styrofoam. I complained and sent it back for a new one. Well, the second one was far from perfect, but I was tired of playing this little game so I just turn the dinged side toward the wall and pull a Scarlett O’Hara and refuse to think about it. The black and the gold are paper, so I guess that explains the fragile nature. Also, I’m pretty sure that writing “FRAGILE” on a box is like asking for light mayo on a sandwich at Subway. Pointless.

So, I plopped the shade on the lamp, aaaaand…

Remind you of anyone?

Hey, hey, hey! We got a short harp situation here.

One trip to Lamp Arts later to by the cheapest thing in the store BY FAR. Seriously, $200 shades are the norm in there. A 14″ harp? $2.37.

And now it fits juuuust right

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I love how the black shade reflects the blue wall. It’s the navyblack of my dreams.

The brass trunk is from the East Ridge Kmart circa 1990. (What up with 2 shoutouts to the East Ridge Kmart–that’s probably long gone by now–in the course of one week?) The trunk is full of stuffed animals and Baby-Sitters Club books. Maybe some Sweet Valley Highs if I’m lucky. Hey, it is Sadie’s room too. :) A teen’s gotta read.

And here’s a shot with the light on.

Brass reflecting brass reflecting brass. It’s the never-ending story. (Another movie I never really saw. Along with The Karate Kid. And Fast Times at Ridgemont High. If it didn’t have Shelley Long in it, I probably never saw it.)

So far so good?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    October 4, 2011 10:25 am

    So far, so great! And I love the Eiffel shot (a similar one has lived as my phone’s screensaver since our trip to the City of Light last year). :)

  2. Elaine Smart permalink
    October 4, 2011 11:57 am

    Have a beautiful old classic brass lamp in my garage sale pile, if you would like it at no charge.
    Will even send a picture on request. Have always loved the lamp – just tired of it. Let me know.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      October 4, 2011 4:41 pm

      Thanks, Elaine! I’m pretty sure I’m about out of lamp room, but I’ll take a peek at it!

  3. Sadie permalink
    October 4, 2011 4:13 pm

    MY ROOM GOT PAINTED! *gasp!*

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      October 4, 2011 4:35 pm

      TRUE! I hope you love it!

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