Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Trashtastic Tuesday- Vintage MCM Lamps

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Hey all!  Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday! This is a little series around here where I show you something that I thrifted, sometimes I make it over, sometimes I don’t.  Or it may be something that I have owned and I am tired of, or no longer like, so I make it over.  But nevertheless, it is usually something that I paid very little money for.  I love this set of vintage mid century lamps that I am sharing with you today! 

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Now, let me preface this by saying that I do realize these lamps are not for everybody.  Some people might hate these lamps!  But when I saw these at the Habitat for Humanity Store, I was instantly in love with them.  They were the very first things I saw upon walking into the store.  I may have knocked a couple people over walked over to check the price and they were marked at $20 a piece.  I usually do not try to haggle with people at thrift stores, but for some reason I decided to ask if the price was negotiable, and much to my surprise she said that she would take $10 for them both!  That means they were $5 a piece!  I immediately told her I would take them. 

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They had very large, tall white lamp shades, but they were dented and damaged, so I asked her to remove them rather than for me to try to dispose of them myself.  So I brought them home without the lampshades.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I posted a few pictures of them, so you may have gotten a sneak peek. 

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At first, I wasn’t sure I would even keep them, but I was guessing that  I could clean them up, add lampshades and sell them for way more than I paid for them.  And if I liked them somewhere in my home, then all the better!  One of the lamps was in working order, and one was not.  The first thing I set out to do was get them as clean as possible.  I am unsure if the metal on these lamps is brass or not.  The first thing I did was to clean the glass parts of the lamps, and then I set out to shine up the metal.  I tried using ketchup, but it really had no affect on how the metal looked.  Then I tried mixing vinegar and salt mixed up into a past and applying that to the metal.  It cleaned it up nicely, but did not change the patina on the metal.  Since I don’t mind the patina, and they were all cleaned up, I decided to stop there and leave them as is. 

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Have you ever tried to rewire a lamp before?  I had not.  But I purchased a lamp kit at Home Depot and decided to give it a try.  At this point, I had not tried plugging the other lamp in, but when I did, I was pleasantly surprised that inside the green glass base was a nightlight!  The only problem with the lamp kit I bought is that it is not made for a three way switch, so that the night light would work.  So I went ahead and used the kit I had for now, just so I could get the actual lamp working, but I saved the wiring from the night light, and I know I can go back at some point and get it working too.  
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The next thing to do was to pick out some lampshades for them.  So one day last week, I headed to Target to see what I might find.  I knew I wanted something very neutral because these lamps are quite busy in and of themselves.  I started looking at lampshades, and it became clear that I was going to spend much more on the lampshades than I had on the lamps themselves.  The lowest prices on any of them was around $16.99.  I just happened to wander around the corner and look at the end caps that had items on clearance, and I noticed these lampshades on clearance for $2.25 each!  I could not believe it, and they were perfect because they were neutral.  they are kind of like a basket weave type of look, and I thought they fit the vibe of these lamps.  So I brought them home to try them out. 

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What do you think of these lampshades?  Do you think they compliment the lamps?  I would love to read your opinion in the comments below!

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As you can see, I decided to keep the lamps.  They have found a home in our downstairs family room.  If you click the link to our family room, you can see the lamps that we did have.  I think these lamps add a little vibrancy and character to the room.  This room is the room the kids hang out in when they have friends over. 

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I usually take pictures for the blog when the room has the best light of the day if possible.  But for these lamps I decided to wait until the sun was going down so that I could turn them on and you could get the full affect of what they look like turned on. 

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We already have some pops of green in the room in the gallery wall above the sofa, and a cushion on the chair, so I thought the green lamps looked great in here!

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I did some research on similar types of lamps for sale online, and the lowest price I found was $75, so I think I made out!  I love these lamps and I think they are totally trashtastic!  What do you think of them?

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Thank you for joining me today for Trashtastic Tuesday!  If you would like to check out my other Trashtastic Tuesday posts, you can click here.  Here is a quick look at a couple of my past Trashtastic Tuesday projects.
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I hope you have a great Tuesday!

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