Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thrift Shop Lamp Makeover

This is a follow up post on a European boudoir-style lamp I bought at a thrift shop while we were on vacation in Blue Ridge, Georgia. The shop was in the little mountain town of Hiawassee, and if you would like to read about our day trip to Hiawassee, and about how I found the lamp, you can click here.

The first two pictures are of the lamp as it was when I bought it. The shade was tattered and stained, and the porcelain flowers on the base were covered with dust and lint.

After returning home from vacation, I took the lamp to a lamp shop in Jackson, and bought a new shade and finial for it, and had it cleaned and the wiring checked and updated.

I picked it up from the lamp shop yesterday and was very pleased with its new look.

I want to get some 25-watt bulbs for it so it will cast a softer glow, and I think it will be perfect. I had to put 40-watt bulbs in it for the picture and they were too bright.

Don't you just love finding little treasures like this one when you least expect it!


Stacey said...

Your lamp is exceptionally pretty. I think it's gret stacked on the books.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I'm such a sucker for lamps. I have a lamp on almost every horizontal surface. I would have to build another room on to the house to accommodate another.

Blondie's Journal said...

The lamp is a wonderful addition to your home. It was great that you could see the potential in it...


Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

You did find a treasure! You have an eye for what looks good!

Love your new header!
:) Diane

nancygrayce said...

I like lamps too and that one is a beauty!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your "new" lamp is gorgeous, Janie!

Oh my goodness, I absolutely love your banner. Beautiful Fall mantel!!

Tonja said...

It's really turned into quite a treasure, hasn't it? It's beautiful!

Have you thought of maybe using one of the pink bulbs? I use them sometimes when I want a very soft glow. You can find them at Lowe's or Wal-mart.

Don't you love it when you rescue something because you have a vision of how it can be...and it turns out to be as you pictured!

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous lamp Janie! Great find and it looks perfect sitting there! You always find just the perfect item to go with your home decor!! Love the painting above it also!! Sincerely, Jeannette