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Boring to brilliant!

Here are these two lamps we picked up a while back….they needed a couple of shades and a facelift.

Mel and I purchased these a while back and I knew they would need some work to be real show stoppers. I ordered custom replacement shades from Meteor Lights and they did not disappoint. I had originally planned to use them on our Moss floor lamps but they were not substantial enough. Once I received the shades I took them to Lowes to match the paint to the color of the shades. I used a Valspar semi gloss one coat paint to re-finish these lamps. The first thing I had to do was dismantle the lamps and sand down the base and main body.

Once I got enough coats of the black and the pink I cleaned up the line that separated them.

While the lamps were disassembled I painted all the metal pieces to look clean and uniform. I would have tried to keep the brass finish untouched but it was too far gone. Once the paint was completely dry I grabbed a toothbrush to speckle the pink finish with black. I used the same technique with Camila’s lamp restoration.

This little extra really makes the lamp look retro and great!

When I put the lamp back together I rewired it because the old wiring was kind of scary. I purchased two re-wiring kits from Lowes and they worked Like a dream.

As you can see the final product is fantastic.

These will go on the counters in our bathroom. I love the warmth of the light.

Overall I am very happy with the final product. I would like to thank Meteor Lights for the great job on the shades.


6 responses »

  1. Amazing work once again!;)


  2. Your work is just SO inspiring to me. I can’t wait to try something like this out (baby steps) once we move and have a house!


  3. Very nice restoration job! The shades are killer. How much did they set you back? I’m always on the hunt for vintage shades and have a nice little collection on hand. Lamps are relatively easy to find…shades not so much!


    • Thanks!! The shades were $199. That included 10% off as courtesy to the trade and shipping. I ordered the reverse atomic medium shades with custom 2-tier pattern and lanyard. That price includes 8.50% tax too as I wasn’t purchasing the shades for re-sale. I’m keeping this pair :).



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