Anyone who has known me for a while understands and accepts my dumpster-diver tendencies. When I see a trash mound on the curbside, I cannot help but scan for treasure. With little more than elbow grease and usually paint or new fabric, I can take a household discard and turn it into something both functional and visually appealing. It is perhaps one of my personal talents I am most proud of!
Putting my boasting aside, my tale today is of a lamp I found on a recent walk of my dog. A house down the road from us is renovating and have built up a considerable pile of old laminate, cabinets, blinds, and other kinds of demolition detritus. I’ve been keeping a regular eye on it just in case something of actual value was added. I happened to spot a lamp in the mix and immediately had the urge to grab it. Because 1) I was just starting my walk and didn’t want to carry it back home just yet and 2) I’ve been trying to get rid of stuff in my house I decided that if the lamp was still there when I returned then I would take it home. Lo and behold, it must have been fate since, upon my return, the lamp was still there. I of course grabbed it and carried it the three blocks back home, likely looking like a weirdo to all my neighbors driving past. No shame no gain, right?
So here’s how the lamp looked once I got home. Lucky for me, it did work when plugged in.
It was dated and dirty and needed a good clean. I brought out my brass polish and worked my biceps for the better part of an hour, rubbing the gunk off the brass until it shone. It already looked better in my opinion (as well as ten years newer).
Next I pulled out some gray paint I had left over and painted the wood section in the middle. Finally, I recycled a lamp shade I had laying around and, wah-lah!, the lamp was better than new!
I’ll try to find a funkier lamp shade to offset the traditional style of the lamp in the near future, but for now I’m quite enjoying my newest free treasure!