From trash to treasure: A set of lamps reformed

Some people call it dumpster diving, some call it a treasure hunt {me}, but mostly I call it a rush! The thrill of finding a “treasure” waiting for me to transform it is exhilarating. I pretty much know when I see a curbside beauty what I will do with it. These lamps were a prime example. I saw them in the dark on the way home from the grocery store. The next day was trash day and someone put these lonely lamps on the curb as if they didn’t have any more life left. I saw two gorgeous silhouettes and yelled, “Stop!” to my husband. “Those will be perfect bedside lamps!” Seriously, we were in need of bedside lamps. I blame my poor reading sight on squinting at the pages of books from a very dim Ikea paper lamp that should really only be used for decoration and ambient lighting. They were thrown in the room the last time I redecorated for just that. Ambiance, not function. I have been resting the little Ikea “lamp” on my pillow and holding the book close to it so I could see.

I saw an opportunity in those silhouettes and I saw light! I couldn’t wait to get them home and see what condition they were in. By the trunk light, they looked great. I chatted eagerly with hubby the last few blocks home brainstorming what I would do with them. He offered his suggestions and we were on our way to much better lighting in our room. He checked them over when we got home and announced they needed to be rewired. All I cared about was how they would look. With his help rewiring {Thank you, hubby! That was not as easy as I thought it would be} and taking them apart so I could paint, they turned out lovely. They were just what I had in mind and look like they were made for our room. Which, in a way, they were.

{Brass might have worked 30 years ago, but I wanted something totally modern}
{Home Depot sells a lamp kit for $10.00. It’s amazing. You just really need to make sure you put it all together correctly before you lock in the bulb base. Unfortunately we learned the hard way and had to purchase another kit.}

{I thought I would paint the base, but it goes so well with our trim, baseboards, and doors that I left it as it was. All in all, the shades were $25 each from Target, the lamp kit is $10 at Home Depot (You should definitely rewire something like this. You never know what’s going on with the cord and switch.), and the paint for the brass was $3.50. Not a totally free project, but I literally stumbled across something I wanted and got to create it in a fun and custom way with my sweet husband. Nothing purchased from a store would give me that.}


  1. 1

    Hi there.. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Merry Happy UBP!!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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    I love the transformation. They look like they will go perfectly in your room. What a fun thing to do with your spouse!

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