|Awesome idea, and so well staged. My house does not look like this.|
Cut to last summer. Some friends were having a multi-family yard sale and there (among a large number of other things I had to take home with me) was my perfectly patina'd, old school music stand. For $1. Sigh - diy love....
I knew I could buy a $12 lamp kit to wire my baby up, but I also knew my local ReStore (yes we have a ReStore in my small area!) had tons of electrical parts.
I asked the guy at the ReStore what parts I needed. (I couldn't be bothered to figure this out on my own, apparently.) He confidently walked over to the electrical section and then, after a little umming and ahhing, said that I should just buy a used lamp from the home furnishings section of the ReStore. (...which is really a thrift store. Does your ReStore have a home furnishings section?)
So, dutifully off I went and found a little boring/borderline ugly lamp for $3.
When I sat down to ravage the little lamp for parts, I found out that it is one of those "touch" lamps, where you can touch the metal to turn it on and off. Which meant I had to evade some other wiring and set it aside until I come up with a scenario in which I need touch sensitive lighting... Hmmm... On the front door knob? The kitchen faucet? Oh my, so many ideas...
I won't go through the details of wiring my music stand, because that is sooooo 2011. A ton of people have documented this already, including Kristine at The Painted Hive.
However she lives in Australia, so I am including this link using North American wiring, by one of my favorite bloggers, Mandi at Vintage Revivals, entitled Lamp Surgery 101. And while you're there, do yourself a favor and check out her Project Graveyard. This woman is endlessly creative.
(I've done a hell of a lot of linking in this post, huh?)
ANYway... once the simple wiring was done, I added a $15 linen drum lampshade and now have this:
I am very happy with my new $20 lamp, which stands about 3-1/2 feet tall. And I really needed the lighting in the living room. I thought the gold cord coming out the bottom would bug me, but it really doesn't. If I change my mind, I might put some pewter Rub 'n' Buff on it.
I think this lamp is a good example of my current ideas about redoing The Red Dollar House. I want to re-use and update pieces that have age, texture and compelling lines. And I want to do it on a bargain hunter's budget.
(Extra points if you now know what schuhplattler means...)