and now it's time for...a round of "can this lamp be saved?"

March 18th, 2010 in member junk     
curlyrachel curlyrachel, member
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what can be done??

what can be done??

Photo: rachel slack

help!  i love the bones and the functionality of this lamp, and the shape of it's shade, but i cannot for the life of me think of any way to make it remotely cool.  it makes such a great bedside table, but it seems so outdated.

can anyone help me?


Pattern or design used: My own design - curly and crafty
posted in: member junk, wood, furniture, white, living room, bedroom, table, brown, lamp

Comments (7)

curlyrachel writes: great idea, georgiamom! i saw your post and it turned out so well!! that damask would totally coordinate with my room. i'll be on the lookout for that fabric. :) Posted: 9:16 pm on March 21st
georgiamoon writes: I took a plain shade like that and glued a bold fabric to the inside so that the light would shine through and make it a bit more interesting. As for the spindle part you could paint it to match the fabric you choose. I don't know how to supply a link but it is under "Industrial Can Lamp" if you want to take a look. Good luck, Georgia Posted: 6:49 pm on March 20th
racers7 writes: I love old lamps too, because you can remake them any way you want. You can also sponge the spindle different shades of mint green and then rub over with a watered down metallic gray for an aged patina look or spray the spindle with a metallic paint for an updated industrial look. You might have to change the shade but whatever makes it look good to you! Melody Posted: 11:17 am on March 19th
karilelek writes: its the spindles that make it look outdated, so you really have to make it retro and go all out with it or do something to cover up the spindle parts. Posted: 10:45 am on March 19th
curlyrachel writes: thank you both so much! great ideas and encouragement. i am definitely not used to thinking so far out of the box with my junk. i'm looking forward to a new perspective though. and learning carpentry, painting, etc. :) Posted: 1:01 am on March 19th
junkermidge writes: The trick when you're looking at a piece is not necessarily to look at it as it "is", but as it could be. For this lamp, don't look at it as a lamp but as the sum of its parts -- think components. You have a shade you like -- keep the shade (embellish as you want) for a totally new table or floor lamp, or maybe hang from the ceiling. The wiring and such is inside to reuse in any lamp you want. The table could be painted and used as a side table if you need it. The leftover spindle could go into your junk stash for a future project. Remember: Anything can be a lamp -- think BIG. And have fun with it! Be sure to share when you're done.
Midge Posted: 11:49 pm on March 18th
alicemom writes: I think it needs paint and a new shade. That will spiff it up a bunch!
smiles, alice Posted: 11:17 pm on March 18th
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