A couple of weekends ago, before the world shut down, my sister and I hit up the thrift shops again. We didn’t find much. Debbie found some colorful plastic drinking glasses for using on the patio this summer, and I brought home just a handful of things.
I always pick up the glass canisters when I see them at a good price. I love using them to store my craft supplies.
The fact that you can see what’s in them makes it so much easier to locate the item you need.
I’ve already added a Classic Vintage Label transfer from re.design with prima to the little galvanized bucket.
It’s perfect for a small plant, but also works great for holding paint brushes … if you happen to have a lot of them, which I do.
I’ll be painting the candlesticks eventually, but didn’t get to them in time for this post.
But my favorite find was the mid-mod desk lamp.
It was a little beat up, and the felt bottom had seen better days. But I checked it at the store and it still worked. I’m not sure about every Goodwill store, but the one we were at had a strip of outlets near the electrical goods so that you can plug something in to make sure it works. Handy.
The first thing I did after cleaning the lamp was rip off the grungy old felt bottom and replace it with some new felt. I simply cut it to fit and stuck it in place with spray adhesive.
Next I wanted to spruce up the gold finish on the lamp just a bit, so I pulled out a selection of metallic waxes to see which one would best match the existing color of the lamp.
The Bronze Age (bottom), which is one of my favorites, was clearly too brown. The Eternal (middle), also a favorite, was a bit too bright. But the Vintage Gold (top) was just right.
I used a piece of cloth to apply the wax all over the lamp. It was pretty much a perfect match, and it helped even out some dings and other imperfections.
If you’ve never used this wax before, I’ll tell you that a little goes a long way. It comes in a rather small container, but look how much I still have left in mine and I’ve used it on countless projects including this lamp …
I will let the wax cure for a full 30 days before using the lamp just to avoid melting it with the heat from the bulb.
I really wanted to add just a bit of an industrial vibe to the lamp to finish it off, so I pulled out the Everyday Farmhouse transfer from re.design with prima and added a little wording to the base of the lamp.
Adding just a little graphic punch to something always makes me happy.
I’m really loving the mid-mod vibe of this lamp, how about you?
Once the wax is cured and life has gone back to normal, I’m sure I’ll be bringing this one in to Reclaiming Beautiful to sell because I don’t have a spot for it myself.
As always, thank you to re.design with prima for providing the Vintage Gold wax and the Everyday Farmhouse transfer used on this project.