Thrifting… Lamp It Up!

Thrifting… Lamp It Up!

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Β Thank you so much, Heather!


I haven’t had a chance to get my thrift on since before the Holidays. Can you feel my pain? Well, finally that all changed πŸ™‚ A few friends and I hit the trail to look for treasures just waiting to be found! Did you catch my last post? I’ve been doing the January declutter, so today a bag of donations came with me. Donations out, new treasures in!

Something in this pic caught my eye…

Way up on the top shelf…

See them? Yes, the lamps!

I wandered around the store asking myself if I liked them as much as I thought I did, or was I just falling into the gold trap. I sent a phone pic to my hubs, and I badgered my friends, too.

In the end these gold gems came home with me πŸ™‚

And their sad, mismatched shades were promptly removed!

My hubs loves them, and my daughter only likes the gold teardrop section. She thinks I should paint all the wood black. How about you?

I’ve done a little research, and the best fit I could find was this MCM lamp by designer, Tony Paul on eBay.

Danish Modern MCM Lamp c1950s - eBay

Β eBay

According to the ad, this one is a Danish modern brass & walnut lamp, c. 1950s. And I say, with a much softer sheen to the brass! Is it just me, or does this wood look like teak to you?

Now I’m trying to decide on a shade. I love this shallow drum, but somehow don’t think that would look right on my new finds. What kind of shade would you pick?

I know I weighed in with you on my Murano glass lamp here

And I did find a white drum, which I’ve been living with and trying to decide whether or not I’ll gold leaf the inside…

Now that you see the white shade on this lamp, what would you do? And do you think the shade is too top-heavy for this lamp?

Can I have your first born, too? No, changed my mind on that!

I’m dying to hear what you think!

I was featured over at Junkin Joe’s!

Why not pop over to see the other great finds πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Photographs by Sheila Zeller unless otherwise stated.

26 thoughts on “Thrifting… Lamp It Up!”

  • Love ’em. I do totally think the ebay one is teak. Yours looks more walnut to me. Nice score lady! I still adore the Murano lamp although I’m not sold on the shade. It seems to be missing something so maybe the gold leaf would be perfect. I also think a dark shade would work.

    • Thank you! I am not sold on the shade either!!! I think it’s too big, and agree – is missing something. I’ve never gold leafed before, so that’s part of my hold-up, but the shade wasn’t expensive, so I should probably just go for it, because I won’t be losing anything, really, if I mess it up. Stay tuned!

  • Sheila,
    I am in love with that pair of gold lamps and am jealous of your most fabulous find!!!! The golden teardrops are divine. I’m meeting with a client today to go through her deceased father-in-law’s house of antiques to pick out what she needs to integrate into her home. I hope we find something half as cool as those lamps!

    • Hi Kristie!
      I love getting your feedback, especially on lamps, because I ‘know’ you have a keen eye for great lamps! Good luck with your meeting today – you are the perfect person to help. There’s the element of nostalgia in a situation like this, but there’s also such great opportunity to honour the memories and the stories through the design process. Your client is lucky to have you by her side to make these decisions!

  • First you get your cleanse on, then you get your thrift on, off to a hot start in 2013!!

    BTW, I had a few minutes the other day and got started on my book, I am going to LOVE it! But fair warning, I am the slowest reader on the planet since I only do it in 5 minute spurts. lol

    • The sun was shining, and the shops were bustling! It was so much fun… and it felt great to be dropping of some donations, too. I haven’t finished going through everything yet, but I am confident there ‘will’ be more donations coming πŸ˜‰

      Yay on the book! I hope you find value in it, and you know what, slow and steady is not a bad thing!

  • Great find, Sheila! Those are going to look cool with the right shade.

    I would consider which room they will go in first, before determining shade shape, size and color. You could have some fun with patterned shades, too!

    Happy new year!

    • Kelly! I love your new look!!! It’s dynamic, colourful and feels so energized. Way to go!

      Pattern wasn’t something I had thought of, and now it’s been suggested by you and another person. Thank you for your feedback – this is why I love blogging!!!

      Happy New Year to you, too! I hope your year is off to an amazing start πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Ursula! I just went and checked my email to see your suggestions. You are the second person to suggest a pattern, and I hadn’t even thought about a pattern! I love the feedback I get on decisions like this!!!

  • Those are some great finds sheila, I live the idea of keeping them unpainted at the moment. A taller thin shade woudl really accent it’s height if you could find the right place for it. A crisp white drum always works with me though.

    Good luck!

    • I’m with you, Jodi. The wood is in pretty good shape, so I’m inclined to leave them as they are. My instinct is also a thinner, taller shade – right now I have them sitting one on each end of our buffet – without shades πŸ˜‰ *Where do you have the most luck finding shades?

  • Love the lamps and I think they are walnut too. I would leave the bases as is and probably like you say a drum shade would be great. As far as the murano lamp I definitely think the gold leaf would look fabulous, just wondering if you should go with a longer narrower drum shade to play up the shape of the base itself.

    • Hi Lisa!
      I’m with you on the bases, and will be cleaning them up with the Bees Wax product I learned about from you! It’s amazing stuff, and really does bring the wood back to life – so thank you again for posting about it! I also agree with you on the longer, narrower drum shade. I think the one that’s on it is too wide, and looks top-heavy. I really appreciate your feedback!!!

  • Awesome! I love a good thrift spree. The lamps are a score! Don’t paint them IMHO. You could go a little mid-century with a taller thinner linen shade. I like the idea of linen..makes it more casual. Gold on the inside of the murano shade might be the answer. Ive tried to get hard side white shades with gold inside and had no luck, so DIY is the answer. would love to see how it turns out.

    • I feel rejuvenated with the first spree of the year under my belt! Funny, it’s even energized me to dig a little deeper with my January decluttering, and see if there’s more I can donate πŸ™‚ I am not going to paint the bases! Decision made thanks to the feedback I’ve been getting, and your opinion helped!!! *Where do you recommend in Victoria to look for replacement shades? I have such a hard time finding nice shades here… I have never gold leafed, have all the stuff, so just need to take the leap to try it out. I’m not convinced that shade is the right shade for the Murano lamp, so maybe it’s the perfect shade for a pilot project!!!

  • Thanks so much for our thrifting adventure, Sheila! What a fun way to spend a day. I learned so much from your keen eye. Can’t wait to do it again. Who knows what we’ll find next time!

    • It was so much fun to be out and about sharing this experience with you! I am really looking forward to our next outing, and am working on pulling together another bag of donations for my donations-out, treasures-in pact!!! See you tomorrow πŸ™‚

  • I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy to see you back and about! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you…I was thinking about you yesterday and here you are!!! FABULOUS!!!!! Oh your finds are so awesome!!! You really rock the thrift shops! : ) I am just so happy to see you and I shall talk with you soon! Thanks for dropping by…you are ALWAYS WELCOME…any time!!! : ) hugs…

    • Awe, thank you so much, Andrea! It felt really good to be linking up again, and I’m hoping to be more present. I love seeing all the awesome treasures others find, and have truly missed the parties πŸ™‚ Big hugs to you!!! xoxoxo Sheila

    • I’m totally with you on the shade for the Murano lamp. I would love to see a black with gold leaf on the inside, and I’m thinking of going with a completely different shade altogether. I’m not sold on the proportions of this one to the lamp itself…

    • Nice to meet you, Jayne! Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚ I’ve been doing a little research on lampshades era appropriate for the lamps, and trying to decide whether I go wide drum, narrow barrel, or the hourglass barrel shape… I’m thinking a soft white textured shade, with a gold thread or fleck running through it, but right now it’s all in the random visioning stages! Stay tuned πŸ˜‰

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