Sunday, October 17, 2010

1974...The Year of the Lamps

Unfortunately, several months ago, my grandmother-in-law had to move from her house to an assisted living facility. As we all know, the rooms at those facilities are smaller than a dorm room, so a lot of her stuff had to go.

My mother-in-law invited me over to see if I could use anything (that's silly, I can 'use' everything - tee hee) and I found these amazing lamps that, with a little love, would go perfect in out living room. I snatched them up. My mother-in-law thought I was crazy for taking them, but I'm sure there are a ton of other things I do that play into that conclusion.

Later on, I learned that these lamps were my father-in-law's from college. Okay, maybe it wasn't exactly 1974, but you get the drift. Awesome nonetheless. So unintentionally retro; I blow my own mind sometimes. Anywho, the lamps worked, but the shade and the metallic finish were definitely begging for help. Screaming, in fact.

Look at those age spots...

A can of Valspar Metallic Silver and two new drum shades (that the Momma snagged for me) and hello new lampies.  So stikin' hot, I could kiss 'em.

No more age spots!

Originally, I wanted a short, drum shade, but finding one that was under $30 and fit properly was a huge waste of time. I also considered tearing apart the original shades and recovering, but my conscience kicked in when I saw this:

Hand tailored!?! No way I'm ruining that man's shade! Maybe one day I'll have enough courage to rip up the beautiful (yet out dated) work of Edward Alden, but until then the inexpensive shades work wonderfully.

<3 dani


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  1. What goes around comes around and I guess that applies to lamps too. These look so current now. They could be in a Crate and Barrel catalog.

  2. Thanks, Pam. I wish I knew how to take better pictures. I don't feel like mine do the lamps any justice, but I'm glad you can see through the subpar photo!


  3. How sweet of your MIL to ask you if you wanted anything from your GIL's home. Family treasures are the BEST!!



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