Treasure Box Wednesday: Thrifted and Wired

No, no, no... Don't worry-- the lamps above aren't mine. They'll be heading off with my bud Scoobie, as she moves into her new house early next month!

Ah, but they needed rewiring first and a bit of TLC. And, since you all probably know by now how I have Lamp Addiction, I was more than happy to take a little time to help them work and look their best.

The green luster lamp with the courting couple scene was something Scoobie had gotten at Construction Junction for $5. Structurally, it was in pretty good condition, but the more I got to looking at it, I didn't care for how mottled and rusted its base was...


So after rewiring it, I busted out a nice shade of gold leaf paint, and gave it a careful coating! Looks much cleaner and fresher, no?...

Normally, I don't mess with the metal bases unless they're really looking poorly. Generally, I like the more worn, vintage patina to them. But in this case, I think the gold leaf was the right decision. Here you can see the full lamp...


And here you can see the lamp trio I rewired that day. Now all Scoobie will need to complete the look is a couple of cheerful shades! (Oh, and to close on her house next week. Y'know, those piddly things...)

At the Salvation Army thrift store this week, speaking of these courting couple items, I'd uncovered this red tin bowl. This'll be headed off to Scoobie's new place, too-- possibly to hang out with the lamps...

Sort of an early housewarming!

And then this, this is for me...
Just a cute little vintage Valentine's Day figurine I'll use in my holiday display in February. Hey, when you thrift, it's always good to think ahead!

And that about wraps up this week's Treasure Box.

And if you already did or you simply have to run, well, perhaps I'll see you on Sunday for something new! Take care!

5 comments:

JD at I Do Things said...

I can't make up my mind about those lamps, but you did an awesome job with the gold leaf. AND I love the bowl and the little angel. I have some similar-era angels that I love, love, love to display, but they're X-mas angels.

Now I want to go to an antique store!

Jenn Thorson said...

JD- I know they're not everyone's taste. But if Scoobie lets me, I'll share some photos of them in place once she gets her house set up. I think if you see them in context, you'll feel more reassured about them.

I have some of those Christmas angels, too. They're getting harder to find!

~ RM said...

I would love to see them set up in their new home! I can't get an idea for what they would look like all set up. I am a paint-everything kinda gal, and probably would've reached for a spraycan. But they have some wonderful detail, and I am also a beleiver that some antiques should not be re-made.

Paige said...

Love the little Valentine figurine! Her face is so sweet looking. I agree about thinking ahead for holiday thrift decorating. I'm just starting on my thrifting journey, and I sometimes have to control myself! Thanks for sharing your cool stuff.

Lauren said...

Oooh I have a lamp buying addiction! I can't get enough of these old lamps. I have a couple of old Capo di Monte ones, thrifted, that look like ice cream cones, so delicious looking.