Happiness times two

I made the luckiest thrift store find today.

But first, a bit of backstory (an illustrated tale, if you will). This fall, I discovered the transformative power of paint and began an obsession with lamps. I had these things that I’d trashpicked and acquired at thrift stores:

And this lamp:

You know when you see something, and you think it could be cute, but it also could be really ugly, you’re not entirely sure? That was this lamp. I walked by it three or four times before deciding it had potential and was cheap enough to risk it.

First I rewired the lamps, which was surprisingly easy:

I co-opted a friend’s backyard for a couple weekends, which is what has to happen when you’re an apartment dweller. I did some of this:

And then painted everything that sat still long enough. I was incredibly happy with the way the side table and assorted accessories came out:

But I am so in love with the flower lamp:

Love it. Love, love love. If I could only have one lamp for the rest of my life, this would be it. I. Love. This. Lamp.

So imagine how incredibly excited when, at a different thrift store, in a different town, I found the same exact lamp:

Yes! I’m going to paint this one, too, soon. Not the same color, but something that compliments it. Hot pink, maybe? I’m not sure yet, but I’m just so excited!!


One comment

  1. […] March 22, 2011 by Maura I painted the second lamp, and I’m really pleased with how it came out. First I went with a turquoise blue, but I […]

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