Monday, April 12, 2010

In the Parlor with the Candlestick

Everyone has their own signal that spring is here and summer is on its way. For me it is Zion Lutheran in town having their annual thrift sale that supports their youth group. It was held last Saturday. Grace and I go every year, when Randi lived around here she went. Some years Jon goes with. We usually find a treasure or two. Jon found a 1966 Schwinn bike, the handle bars have been changed so he will be on the look out for some that are original.
This was one of my finds, and to be honest when I saw it I thought "uffda just how much ugly can I put up with?...$3 for the lamp and 50 cents for the shade...alot of ugly...I guess." I had a flash back of Jon on occasion sitting the recliner that is not "his" chair reaching up and turning on a pretend lamp so he could see his laptop. Then he says something like "I forgot we don't have lamp here". I know the guy is just plain fun...never a dull moment. Anywho the ugly was even more bearable when they threw in the shade for free. I was home less than 10 minuets and Avery took the tin snips after the leaves before I could get the before picture, just trust me we all agreed they had to go along with the 4 inch plastic tube . Once we had it all stripped down Ave said it looked like a life size game piece from "Clue".
Jon bought a new finial and spray painted both pieces ivory. It was a bit to bright so I antiqued it with some deft oil that had a finish in it. I started off rubbing it on with a rag but went to just pouring some in my gloved hand, smeared, and when it was almost tacky then I rubbed some off with the rag.

The kids say it still looks like a pineapple, I say not bad for 3 bucks and some parts.
Now Jon can see things in a whole new light;)

8 comments:

Susan said...

Very nice, Jody. I really like your find. Now, I want to find something like this also!!! ;)

DayPhoto said...

I agree with Susan. What a nice find. And you did a really good job with it.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Tami said...

I really think it looks nice. You are always so creative. Hey, when are you going to post about your piano bed. I'm sure others would love to see and hear about that. You and Jonny make such a great creative team.

Barb said...

Good job getting right on that lamp for Jon! I buy all this stuff at sales with grand notions and they are still here--nothing grand being done to them yet. Motivation is what I need. Or unload them at the next garage sale.

Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

Oh, it's so pretty! blessings,Kathleen

Cowgirl Goods said...

You totally scored!

Bev said...

What a fun project! It's beautiful.

sewtakeahike said...

cute Jody, I love it when our husbands can keep us giggling!
Nice new lamp, and I agree, not bad for $3!