everything’s a story

So I inherited some lamps from my grandfather’s office last week.  Or, actually, I just claimed them out of my mother’s garage.  They came from this awesome building: my grandfather’s building materials company.


My mom found the lamps in a storage room there a few years back, and she gave them a home in her garage, but they were pretty beat-up, and nobody really wanted them.


Actually, they were very beat-up:


But, inspired by the before & after pages at Design*Sponge, I got this idea that I could bring them back to life.  


So I taught myself how to re-wire a lamp, and I scavenged some matching lampshades–also from my mom’s garage.


I didn’t recognize the shades at first, but after I tore off the ribbons at the top and bottom, I realized these were the shades that sat on either side of my parents’ bed my whole childhood.  (Sorry, Mom!)  

True, they were way too dated to use as they were.  So if I hadn’t fixed them up, they’d still be in the garage.  But I did feel a little twinge of regret once I realized that I knew those lampshades.  Because once I’d torn the ribbons off, they were kind of gone forever.


Then I painted the lamps black, and they became gone forever, too.


And then I Mod Podged a really fantastic and gorgeous fabric by SwankySwell onto the shades.

And voila!  New lamps!  Until the cat knocks them over, or the kids use them to build a fort.


I do miss my grandfather.  And I miss the house I grew up in where those lampshades used to be.  And I know that having these re-done DIY lamps in my house won’t bring either of them back to me.  But when I look at the lamps, at the very least, I’ll remember where they came from. 



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7 responses to “everything’s a story

  1. I have always wanted to do this, because I always see the coolest and wackiest objects that I think would make the perfect lamps. I’m the type of person who would buy one of those crazy lamps where the base is a woman’s leg. But who knew you could use the internet to learn how to rewire a lamp? I guess the internet isn’t all about pornography and Twitter after all!

    May the brightness of the light remind you of your grandfather.

  2. Writergrrl

    Wow! You are awesome…I love those! And when my little boys decide that destruction of all homeware is no longer their MO, I will totally start to rehab items so that I, too, can have beautiful things in my home. What a wonderful way to marry nostalgia with new creation!

  3. I like it, I love it, I want so more of it! Nice work, right up my alley.

  4. Wow! Lovely little lamps…love them!

  5. Shelley Stein

    they are truly fab. you are a woman of many talents!

  6. Hello, I’ve been away since the bedroom post. (About the bed board & lamps.) I’m energized by your creativity. Loved the Texas sky photos. And that comment about having a brain like you do, I so appreciate that. I am surrounded by people who have different brains, myself included. Now for the world to open the box and know that there’s nothing wrong with different brains!

  7. How very creative you are! And they turned out fabulous!

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