A lamp is a lamp, is a lamp...again!

May 12th, 2009 in member junk     
shabbychick Kathy Stantz, contributor
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I found this Brady Bunch lamp at the Volunteers of America Thrift store...very cheesy burlap stuff inside, with a lampshade to match...
A close-up...see I told you that burlap stuff had to go...  I didnt even bother bringing the lampshade home - left it at the store!
The funky Brady Bunch base becomes a hanging light - much more appealing this way, dont ya think?
All lit up - and the silhouettes of flowers all the way around were fabulous!  How much fun is that?
This looks even better than I thought it would!
I found this Brady Bunch lamp at the Volunteers of America Thrift store...very cheesy burlap stuff inside, with a lampshade to match...

I found this "Brady Bunch" lamp at the Volunteers of America Thrift store...very cheesy burlap stuff inside, with a lampshade to match...

Just another routine stop at the local thrift stores (at lunchtime...), and look what I found.  Sitting on a shelf - looking very cheesy and really outdated - almost ugly (to most people)...was this lamp.  BUT, I loved it - and for less than $3.00 - it had potential!  I picked it up right away, just loving the base - the limey green metal, and the flowers - it reminded me of the Brady Bunch or something...some definite flower power going on!!

When I got it home, I immediately pulled the burlap coated plastic stuff out of the base - along with anything electrical - there was even a little night-light inside (at one time, someone really thought this lamp was cool) - but that went too - I had other plans. 

And, last night, in the midst of getting some projects finished for our show this weekend, my husband"volunteered" to put the light kit in (well...ok...I roped him into helping me, but I had my "to do" list, and was definitely on a mission to get those things checked off).  He had it done in a matter of minutes (thank you!!), so I had to get it hung for a quick photo shoot. 

I just love it - such a simple re-use of this lamp base - I really think it has wanted to be a hanging lamp for a long time (it's a natural, for sure!).  So, all you lamp people (junkarchitect, etc...) - you've inspired me - this is dedicated to you! 

Moral of the story...there are so many things that could be made into a lamp - even a lamp!



Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Kathy (inspired by the lighting experts at JunkMarketStyle.com)
posted in: member junk, metal, funky, light fixture, green

Comments (20)

shabbychick writes: oldtoysrock903 - It did sell on Friday... And another lady came in and saw it, and she said she had seen it on the junkmarketstyle site - good advertising I guess!! :)

Will keep an eye out for the other half (it was probably part of a pair) - ya never know! :)

Kathy Posted: 3:14 pm on May 18th
oldtoysrock903 writes: was this lamp i have been coveting sell first thing this weekend????? i will forever be on the lookout for it! Posted: 11:33 am on May 18th
shabbychick writes: Thanks for all your "groovy" comments!! I know the lamp will find a good home this weekend...

And, thanks Geo...It's just too much fun!! :)

Kathy Posted: 11:03 pm on May 13th
georgiamoon writes: OK Kathy, I think this is just great too, but what I like most of all is reading your post...you are SO funny. Very entertaining my friend. The lamp is a great find and you did an excellent job once again. You're fantastic, Georgia Posted: 6:27 pm on May 13th
vecernice writes: Looks very beautiful, wish I would have something similar in my house.

Eva Posted: 5:06 pm on May 13th
oldtoysrock903 writes: i want this sooooo bad! daisys are my thing! i would have bought this too, before my eyes could have blinked!!!!
i love love love want want want! Posted: 10:28 am on May 13th
suewhitney writes: Very, very, very, very cool.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 9:52 am on May 13th
CottageElements writes: Kathy, what an awesome (or should I say groovy?), hanging lamp you've made! You really had a great vision for this one. The shadows are just...should I say "Cool Man". Love it!

Lani Posted: 12:41 am on May 13th
birdcolor writes: Very cool! Posted: 11:07 pm on May 12th
JunkArchitect writes: Yep, I can see it hanging over the Brady’s dinning room table. It definitely has a 1969 color, pattern and shape to it. You did a fantastic job turning it into a VERY groovy hanging lamp.

Jim Posted: 11:01 pm on May 12th
fellowjunker writes: Just love what you did with this lamp Kathy!!! It looks awesome hanging and I love the colour.........the shadows are a GREAT bonus!!!
xojanis Posted: 8:47 pm on May 12th
leesee64 writes: Yea baby! It is fun, funky, and fine..way to go!

Lisa Posted: 7:29 pm on May 12th
shabbychick writes: Thanks everybody - so glad you all like it! I just love it too - and I'm sure it will sell right away this weekend.

I would normally grab a can of spray paint, but this color was already perfect - and very 70s...and who doesn't love flowers??

I really think it was meant to be a hanging light too...guess it's been waiting for me to rescue it! :)


Posted: 6:20 pm on May 12th
junkermidge writes: Kathy, Kathy, Kathy, what a groovy lamp. I have to admit I did shudder a bit when I first saw it, but you did an amazing transformation. It was MADE to be a hanging fixture. I love the flowers and the color. It's really far out!
Posted: 6:12 pm on May 12th
Christina_S writes: Wonderful find, I love it as a hanging lamp. The shadows are so cool! Posted: 4:52 pm on May 12th
piecesofthepast writes: This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time! I just love that old Brady Bunch type of stuff! Great work! Posted: 4:27 pm on May 12th
irishrovr writes:
Very, very nice, shabs! If you get tired of the color someday, this would be easy to repaint.

http://ruralwisconsin.blogspot.com/ Posted: 3:46 pm on May 12th
grannijo writes: Very cool lamp!...like the hanging part ...color is my favorite!!..Neat change of life for it!...lol..sharon Posted: 2:52 pm on May 12th
alicemom writes: Kathy,
Another great find! What such fun! I love the "light flowers".

Alice Posted: 1:21 pm on May 12th
OldBarnRescue writes: I'm with you -- I love this! Love the color and flowers. Great job giving it new life! Posted: 11:44 am on May 12th
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