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Boring to brilliant!

Here are these two lamps we picked up a while back….they needed a couple of shades and a facelift.

Mel and I purchased these a while back and I knew they would need some work to be real show stoppers. I ordered custom replacement shades from Meteor Lights and they did not disappoint. I had originally planned to use them on our Moss floor lamps but they were not substantial enough. Once I received the shades I took them to Lowes to match the paint to the color of the shades. I used a Valspar semi gloss one coat paint to re-finish these lamps. The first thing I had to do was dismantle the lamps and sand down the base and main body.

Once I got enough coats of the black and the pink I cleaned up the line that separated them.

While the lamps were disassembled I painted all the metal pieces to look clean and uniform. I would have tried to keep the brass finish untouched but it was too far gone. Once the paint was completely dry I grabbed a toothbrush to speckle the pink finish with black. I used the same technique with Camila’s lamp restoration.

This little extra really makes the lamp look retro and great!

When I put the lamp back together I rewired it because the old wiring was kind of scary. I purchased two re-wiring kits from Lowes and they worked Like a dream.

As you can see the final product is fantastic.

These will go on the counters in our bathroom. I love the warmth of the light.

Overall I am very happy with the final product. I would like to thank Meteor Lights for the great job on the shades.

6 responses »

  1. Amazing work once again!;)


  2. Your work is just SO inspiring to me. I can’t wait to try something like this out (baby steps) once we move and have a house!


    • Hepcat Restorations

      I am so glad I am inspiring you. Don’t be afraid to take on new projects. Thanks so much for your comment!


  3. Very nice restoration job! The shades are killer. How much did they set you back? I’m always on the hunt for vintage shades and have a nice little collection on hand. Lamps are relatively easy to find…shades not so much!


    • Hepcat Restorations

      Thanks!! The shades were $199. That included 10% off as courtesy to the trade and shipping. I ordered the reverse atomic medium shades with custom 2-tier pattern and lanyard. That price includes 8.50% tax too as I wasn’t purchasing the shades for re-sale. I’m keeping this pair :).



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