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Mel and I were up in Sebastopol California having a look around when we came across these small lamps at FFT Antiques (All sales benefit Food For Thought, Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank). I love them! Mel….not soo much. I know they are going to need a big resto but I am up to it. It is sooo hard to find western things from the 40’s and 50’s. Most of it was destroyed from use. I love this square dancing duo. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a makers mark.


As you can see the paint is chipping off in chunks. The first thing I will have to do is remove all the loose paint, then fill any areas that require fill, then sand and paint. Also, if he is a cowboy why is he wearing loafers??? These will be boots when I am done.

These lamps have been used and abused so the transformation should be pretty remarkable. These lamps even have their original finials.


As you can see someone tried to touch up her dress but it doesn’t look like they were very successful with the attempt.

We were fortunate to get the original shades with the lamps. One is darker than the other so I plan to recover them and re-stencil the image on the new material. I just need to figure out where I can get replacement material from.


While we were out we came across these really cool pillows. I love the fringe on the one and the imagery on both. I am going to have to reach out to Debbie over at “The Creative Needle” to install zippers on these and install fringe on the other pillow.


Really cool ranch images….roping cattle, bustin’ bronks and taking it easy.

6 responses »

  1. oh how fun to see the “before” – your “afters” are so incredible! And yes, please keep us posted on where you find the replacement pieces for the shades. I want to make some small shades for the little lights that are going to be installed in our vintage camper, and have to start crackin on that 🙂


    Mod Betty


  2. Those lamps are cute. I can’t wait to see the post restoration pictures. I’ll have to check out that antiques store next time I am down that way. Thanks for the info! 🙂


  3. Oh these are absolutely stupendiously WONDERFUL! I love them. And you’re right about not seeing vintage western things around. What a great find. I know you’re going to do a fab job on their restoration & can’t wait to see. And if the Adorable Mz. Kitty doesn’t want them, you KNOW where they can find another home ;- ) Those shades are incredible too – simply amazing they survived at all. What about tracing the design & stenciling them yourself??



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