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Before & After // Midcentury Lamp Gets a Little Love

A mid century lamp gets a little love.  

I found this sad little lamp for free at a church rummage sale.  If you don't go to church rummage sales, well, you should start.  Who knows what kind of treasures those sweet old ladies are going to pull out of their linen closets or basements?  Plus, most church sales feature a "little lunch" which consists of the most delicious bars a 1960s cookbook can offer, as well as the classic: sloppy joes (maderites, loose meat sandwiches, etc).  Before this post turns in to a eulogy on the glories of a Made-rite, I'll tell you about my little lamp. 


She was a dented, brown rusty mess until I got my paws on her.  A little steel wool, some light sanding, and a little imagination and now she's a beauty.  

I sanded the rusty and rough spots, taped off the neck and inside, and gave it a good coat of flat black spray paint.  

After that dried, I taped off the outside of the cone and spray painted the inside a warm, shiny gold.  A little re-wiring, and she was as good as new.    Here's my lovely free lamp in all it's post-makeover glory:


My favorite part of the lamp are the little holes on the shade.  They make these little sparkly lights on the walls and the ceiling.  I tried to take a picture in the dark... but it was a blurry mess.  I'll try again with a tripod - but no promises.


Moral of the Story:
Free is Always Best

(and a made-rite is always better)