You know how you find an awesome piece somewhere while junkin and you don’t know what to do with it but you get it anyway, then an incredible idea occurs to you weeks later? And you’re like, “I’m such a genius!”. So, you spend a couple of hours working on your idea and proudly walk it into the house……and BAM! Trouble.
Let me back up a little. I found this totally incredible Retro Lotus lamp at a Junk Swap. It was complete and total LOVE at first site, so I grabbed it as my first choice. Although my home is by no means Retro, because I loved the lamp, I knew it was going to work with my decor. THEN, weeks later I ran across this bird cage stand and I immediately thought….floor lamp using the Lotus lamp.
I had to drill holes into the stand to allow for wiring, rewired the lamp and she turned out as gorgeous as I envisioned. But, where to put it. That took longer than rewiring the silly thing. After some agonizing, and a couple of phone calls to friends, I finally decided on a location, but that posed another problem for me. I already had a lamp there that I loved, but this was the only place I could put the floor lamp. Soooooo I had an even harder decision to make.
My giant fruit urn lamp in all it’s golden glory just didn’t work in any of the other rooms. It was HUGE…..and you know….. GOLD! So I decided to do something that lamp purists around the world would not agree with at all. I de-lamped it. I could hear their gasps from my garage in Oklahoma. But, I had decided that it would make a beautiful garden statue with a little magic. So, it went into my workshop for a makeover.
Now, DON’T YELL AT ME! But I took out all the wiring and hardware, attached a fake plastic peach at the top, and sprayed the entire piece with Gesso. Then it was a matter of layering antiquing glaze, green and charcoal paint. I’m seriously happy with the results, so go ahead and yell if you must, but it’s in my house and I’m ecstatic with it.
Now being as this is me and I’m prone to changing things up to keep me happy, there is every chance that this will be turned back into a lamp at some future date. Who knows? That’s the beauty of being your own home decorator!
Happy Junkin & Decorating!