Thursday, March 22, 2012

Stripping can be a good thing!

Stripping can be a bad thing.   Like the time on vacation when we got caught in a downpour while horse back riding, and when we reached our car deciding to change out of wet clothes, and not bothering to look behind me before pulling down sodden pants.  That other group of drenched riders got to see the full moon during the daytime.  Not a good thing!  But it made for memories!

But this stripping is a good thing indeed.

I bought this lamp at Goodwill for around $5.00.  I hesitated because it was so layered in paint it was hard to tell the design of it.  The paint was in bad shape also, peeling, cracking, and dingy.  But it was a nice heavy piece so I decided to give it a try.  Before I could get to working on it I used it as a weight when I was adding a silver cloth lining to the drawer in my buffet.

This is the only before photo I have, and it has a lot of glare on it, but you can maybe see how the design is so clogged with paint layers that you can't tell what they are.

Then came the stripping.

and scraping, and stripping and finally a good scrubbing with a brass bristle brush.  A new cord, plug and socket, along with a lampshade I already had, and I have a new lamp to fit on the bedside table I made.

So would you buy something that you couldn't even really see all the details in?  I'm glad I gave this one a try!

Sharing my antics:

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  1. Well you are a brave girl and it paid off. That lamp is a beauty!

  2. Wow, wow, WOW! First, I was lauging out loud at your stripping story, then wondering if there could be anything good under that thick crackly mess, (until I realized it was stripper in progress)and then I was totally blown away at the beauty of this stripped lamp! The shade you put with it is perfect.
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  3. Who would have thought it was such a great piece under all that paint? Also, your title make me laugh :) Also, thanks for stopping by my blog today, loved your comment.

  4. *made* me laugh, not make. oops!

  5. Who in their right mind would paint that! It is gorgeous! I would have never guessed it was under all that mess. And the story about stripping oh my lol!

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  7. love the final product. I might not have bought that as couldn't imagine anything good under all the mess.

  8. I would buy it if the price is right. What a great treasure at the end of your strip. You asked about jewelry vendor at the Fancy Flea, I am sorry I don't know their name, I do remember that last show they were as busy as this show, she has a ton of stock and her jewelry is so unique


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