WoW–you guys are good!
Yes–I’m making light sconces!
I’m also working on their half shades.
I’m covering this one with anaglypta paper.
I’ve just begun painting the corbels…
And I’m working on some other cool lighting too!
All lamps are nOt created equal–or beautiful.
But they MaY have some interesting parts to them. And if they’re cheap, I buy them, deconstruct them for their good stuff…
This lamp just looks like it should be a TROPHY URN, so I’ll only deconstruct it then rebuild it and add 2 extra parts to finish it!
I didn’t need to take it down the whole way, I just wanted to show you how far you can go to change the look of your own lamps! ; D Even that square pedestal is two pieces–but they were bolted together really tight so I left ‘em alone.
The gold cap -or escutcheon- and an artichoke finial.
’cause I don’t know how I want it to be yet.
Hmmm…wonder if I have a marble pedestal in one of my boxes-?!?
I’m sharing this project in this fabulous linky party!
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But I’m going to start with one from Nov 2012 and something I never thought I’d be doing…TAKING A SPACE IN AN ANTIQUE MALL. What a surprise–that I did it, that it went so well as to expand in this year, and the many projects it propelled! Like~ building this new display cabinet from odd parts and its outcome!
~found me constructing a dresser-hutch for my very 1st G-G-nephew Brody.
~Then I finished off another children’s cabinet for my cousin’s little baby girl Emma before traveling to Atlanta to deliver it AnD take a little birthday getaway! Woo-hoo!
I decided to make several changes in my mother’s master br as a surprise while she took a winter’s rest in Florida with a friend! It started with a fire place…
And there were lots of miscellaneous projects….
But you all know my very favorite thing is construction!
Hmmm, I guess I make a lot of benches ; D
reviving some curbies, an old camp chair, rattan chair makeovers, a thrift store dresser and bed re-furbished, the farm table, the outdoor china hutch, a 2nd Craig’s List dresser re-do, a decoupaged dresser, a bit more decoupage, re-working a curbie, Grandpa’s rockers, the antq mall armoire,
2 Hall Trees for 2 charities, The Habitat for Humanities Hall Tree and children’s cubby. And one more currently in the works for mom’s neighbor who is battling breast cancer, but I haven’t posted on any of it yet.
I did leave out a handful or so because I abandoned them (-didn’t like how they were taking shape, but I’ll come back to them…). There were also many “other projects” that occurred throughout the year not listed above…
I stripped its UuuuG-ly coverings down,
re-faced it in a thick, nubby linen and
then gave it a secondary loose layer from an old scalloped dresser scarf!
I’m still alive—the shingles are finally at the end! Can I get a woot-woot, he-ey!
~And thEN I got hit with a 2nd punch. About 3yrs ago, I -somehow- got a sebaceous cyst on my back, between my shoulder blades, right over my spine. The doctor cut it open to drain it, easing the pain (after causing mOre 1st) and it was over. For a while. It slowly started to come back, and we’ve been monitoring it since.
About a week and a half ago, it suddenly got really inflamed and I was in just awful pain. ~Like there was a competition going on between my head and my back.~ I headed back in to the doc—it was all infected and about the size of a golfball. “Totally coincidental,” I was told. S-u-r-e. I’m on anti biotics.
I was also told to check out a couple medical videos (you can find on Youtube) because, when the infection clears we’ll have to do one or the other—cut it out, or drain it again. Whichever~it’s gonna hurt, and it’s gonna leave a scar—jOy. Have I paid my dues now. . ?
And now I’m going to bury myself in a thousand projects! No more talk of pain and misery.
I popped the little glue-tacks that held the accordion-styled over-shade to its liner-shade. Cleaned it with the vacuum hose/brush and then spray painted it. Could it be aNy easier?!?
Then using an awl, I punched a small hole in the over-shade, and threaded the cut flower through. I bent the wire into a little curly-cue, and added a little dob of hot glue for extra staying power.
After I applied all 7 flowers (that I found at mom’s Hobby Lobby on clearance for $4.76), I re-affixed the over-shade to the liner-shade with some hot glue. Easy-peasy project!
After a big discussion about selecting flexible colors for her new room -that she can grow with- we are using more of that same green! Wait till you see how~
I’m feeling better enough to get back to finishing her bookshelf-dresser now, so mOre to come—at last!
I stRIPPED off someone’s DIY-improvement of burgundy crushed velvet (can you say FAILure). Sorry, could nOt torture my camera for picture of that mess!
I gilded the interior of the shade for a softer glow–and wallpapered the outside with anaglyptic paper. And you can see I needed more fingers (than I had) so clothespins became my little helpers!
I loved that it was turned wood! And that shape–as well as the harp!
I spray painted it a soft white.
I painted the wallpapered shade with a soft white too, but I dark waxed it to show the texture better.
The lighting part of the chandelier was stripped from a “structure” I wanted for a different purpose (*but I didn’t throw it out, It was that nAsty-shiny gold.
The shade was 1 of a pair I rescued from a dumpster! I patiently sat with a glue gun and some old lace and covered the wire frame. (I’d like to cover the 2nd one with a really loose-weave burlap I bought at Scott’s.)
I dry-brushed it with a pale blue eggshell, then with a soft white, and waxed it, and added some cottage-y chandelier shades I’ve had forEVer!
But I was so hurried to get it to the store— now that I see it hanging~ooooh, eeey. It’s tOO plain, and the shades are tOO big. I’ll be re-working this fixture.
A few things I was out bid on. . .
And~look what I saw in a trophy case going in! I guess it wasn’t part of an urn, but rather, part of a trophy!
Nothing “fancy,” but the parts seem to come together very naturaly. I’ve collected lamps and pARts forEVer–and have boxes full of lamp-parts to play. *Confesion~ I’ve had 2 lamps sitting “in the works” for a while now in Page 10, just waiting for the right parts to complete them. Can’t hurry perfection! ; D
it’s made of 6 varying lighting parts, then painted with multi-layers of metalic paints that bring it all home!
1- I am obSESSed with finials. I’d like to say I have many in my collection, but I give them up to my projects, then cry & pout as they leave me. C’est la vie.
2- An upside down glass shade from a vintage ceiling fixture.
3- Vintage harps are so much more fluid! This one is unusual in that it is cast metal. It’s rare to find these.
4- Just a spacer piece, but I like the twist in its design. They’re comonly found, and if I see a super chEAp lamp with a rEAlly cool one–I’ll buy it!
5- The bottom section from an Art Deco floor lamp. Sometimes there’s just one little part of a lamp that’s cool! Pilfer it.
6- A cool lamp base! I’ve bought some pretty uGly lamps just to get the base!
And cut it in half–
And gilded the inside–
And trimmed it with vintage ribbon–
And, well, you know~
*Although the sconces were meant to be hard-wired to a J-box,
they are set with a cord for plug in right now– just add a cord cover!
Wouldn’t they be cute on either side of a girl’s bed, or used in an office?!?
And they’re for sale in my (antq store) space! $65 each
I learned that they’re usually always full, but two long-time dealers were quitting, so she showed me their spaces. Narrow and deep, and, shallow and long. Hmmm. Guess what I did. . . .
Yes, a little tough to see the forest for the trees here
(man, he seriously packed it in), but,
It may not show, but, IT. IS. SHALLOW. It’s actually configured much like a store front window. Only 5ft deep (shallow) by 11ft wide. I laughed that, “even if they don’t go into my space–they’ll HAVE to see it just walking by!”
I was trying to do this just as I was getting sick. So it was taking me forEVer to put it together. With a very foggy head–here’s my first arrangement.
This is as far as I got before I raised the white flag and went back to bed. I didn’t get back there for two weeks, and wasn’t sure what I was going to see finally returning. Woo hoo! –6 BIG ticket items sold!
**Apparently, the bench and mirror were very quick to go!
I shifted things around, and brought more in to fill it back up!
I’ve already made more than enough to pay 4 months rent—the time frame I said I’d try it out! AND, I picked up a great design job to begin in January!
~~a better perspective to show just how shallow the space is~~
Posted in building green, construction and finishing TIPS, lighting, re-purposed furniture, tagged armillary sphere, globe lamp shades, junk gypsies, purple globe, safety safety, vintage globes on September 5, 2012 | 3 Comments »
Monday, I did manage to steal some early morning quiet time and vegged in front of the TV watching a string of “Junk Gypsies” that were looong backed up on the DVR!
I love the purple globe, can’t say I’ve ever seen one before! And I love the idea of making it a hanging light, but—
It is such an easy project, and I also started out with a jig saw—but I found it was pretty rough on the globe and immediately switched to an oscillating saw! It cut much cleaner too!
I hope you’ll try this! (sans gloves–) I was also thinking it would be fun to put an ACtual globe on one of those lightening rods in the garden (in lieu of the usual armillary sphere).