Wednesday, February 6, 2013

~A VINTAGE LAMP MAKEOVER with an OLD GRAPHIC~

 Don't you just love vintage lighting?  

If you feel like I do then you know there is just something about an old lamp or chandelier that make us romantic-junk-lovin'-girls swooooon....

Take this aging glass accent lamp as an example~  Isn't it just the sweetest thing?  Before it's transformation it was, well...not so wonderful!!!  It was filthy, broken and the gold accents had seen better days...
Over the years I've had my Mr. AGPMan refurbish more light fixtures than I can say.  For the most part when I resell any kind of old lighting I have to factor in the cost to rewire the thing and that can be costly, especially for Chandeliers.  Having a guy around that knows the Ins & Outs of electrical stuff (he's rewired our entire home) is a huge plus for me as well as my biz.  Saves me lots of dollars!

Sometimes we find old lamps with damage and I just love it when it's possible to marry two lamps into one (you can really create some sweet looks).  Many old lamps just need a good CLEAN UP and sometimes a repaint job to make them sell-ready!
I forgot to snap a picture of this old lamp so you'll have to use your imagination.  Originally it had a gold base (over the marble square) and the metal/plastic inserts (dividers) were a heavily faded gold as well!

Paint to the rescue!  Anything gold (including the inside stem) was painted a soft white!
 The candle cover was missing and the on/off switch was the push-in kind (which I hated) and was broken.  I opted to have the switch placed into the cord and decided to cover the candle cover with reproduced vintage ephemera. The old letter/poem was cropped and then printed out on white paper adding just enough for a slight overlap.  I used Mod Podge to secure it in place!
 I actually liked the lamp before the candle cover was covered...but I LOVE how it came out with the vintage graphic!  Makes it stand out and it will surely get noticed in my booth!  At least I hope it will!!!

One other thing...if you are a seller and refashion old frames take note of this....

If I reline the inside of the old frames I sell with a reproduced vintage photo they move three times as fast as those without a picture.  'Tis true!  I think it gives the buyer an idea of what their photos will look like~and besides that~who can resist that sweet little girl from the vintage card????

Today I'm linking up with Savvy Southern Style
for WOW US WEDNESDAYS
and
Green Willow Pond
for WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED WEDNESDAYS 
and
Ivy and Elephants 
for WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY  

Happy Junking!
I'm OFF to work play!!!

Love to you...
 

19 comments:

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Good Morning Rebecca,

I hope you are feeling better :)
I love the way your lamp turned out! it really looks great and such a wonderful way to add something special to it and make it one of a kind.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Bente said...

I LOVE the lamp. You make treasures all the time. It`s gorgeous.

Have a great thursday

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

the lamp is gorgeous! I love the printed candle cover. That's a great tip about putting a vintage picture in a frame. I am planning to do some craft fairs this summer. Thanks!

Thank you also for linking up to my party! Have a great day :)

Blessings,
Deborah

Cathy said...

I love this! I am getting ready to move into a home with no ceiling lights in the living room and so I'm lamp shopping--in the thrift stores of course--and I have a hard time finding lamps that I like--no matter where I shop--so this is fabulous inspiration! Thank you so much!

Cathy ♥

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It's beautiful, Rebecca! I'm trying to picture in my mind how it looked in its before state. Having been to our local antique mart {and seeing some really ugly lighting}, I can just see how it was. I love the added touch of the vintage script paper you added.

stefanie said...

its soooooo beautiful!

Susan said...

Miss Rebecka , you always make things looks so beautiful. The lamp is gorgeous!

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

So pretty. Everything so dreamy and romantic! I always forget to consider lamps! This one is lovely! How are you feeling? It's nice to see back!
Karen

NanaNor's said...

Hi Rebecca, Love your make overs as always. I wanted to share that probably in the next two weeks, I will be giving the book away that I reviewed-just in case your interested. Hope you are doing well and enjoying blessings from above.
Hugs, Noreen

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, I love anything with script on it! Your lamp is really sweet. You do have the magic touch, m'lady. Thank you so much for your visit. You are such an encourager. Hope your hand is feeling as good as new by now. Take care, my friend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love your lamp! You do such a good job with your frames too. I would buy one and keep that adorable little girls picture in it :)!

Theresa said...

That lamp is gorgeous AND the frames too! Great idea to put vintage pictures in the frames:) I would buy those before an empty one too! Have a blessed evening dear Rebecca, HUGS!

Becs said...

What a great idea. That turned out beautifully! I want one. Lol. Becs

Tootsie said...

beautiful! thanks for the visit today!! love this site!!! you have some amazing things posted!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love the lamp!!! I know what you mean about adding a picture. I love that you added the same picture to all of the frames. It show's how it can be used. If I add different pictures, they think they are buying the picture (No imagination) sometimes I just add a paper doily...Crazy, but true if you leave it plain, it's a touch sell!

Carol

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Rebecca,
Love your lamp makeover, so very romantic! I'll have to try the graphics next time it looks amazing!
Hope you can link with us, we'd love to have you!
Hugs,
Patti

Bonnie Hitchcock said...

Everything you do is so sweet!
Been missing our little chats. Hope your sweet family is doing well and you are getting better everyday!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,
Those old frames do look lovely with a vintage picture as sweet as yours! Smart idea! You always create great things.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Janet said...

I just love how your lamp turned out! I'm redoing a lamp and think I might just borrow your idea using the script. It adds the perfect vintage touch! Glad you are feeling better!
Blessings,
Janet

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