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Bo-Low Leopard Lamp Restoration

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Mel and I picked up this Bo-Low lamp sometime back. We had been admiring it for a while at a local antique shop and were finally able to acquire it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find out anything about the Bo-Low Lamp Co.

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As you can see, it looks like it traveled around a bit. It also had a chunk of chalk missing from a part of the top of the tree.

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I used my usual process to repair it.

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The next step was to paint the whole cat a cream color to help even out it’s finish, and so that the new color would take better.

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I then applied the main undercoat.

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As you can see from this photo, this cat had no real detail and was almost a cream color.

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Here is the same head shot after I added detail and color.

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Painting the leopard spots are fairly simple. Just make misshapen marks like I did above.

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The next step is to apply a small amount of black around parts of the brown to create the tradition leopard spot.

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Here is the original.

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Here it is after I refinished it.

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The original base was just tan so I added a grass effect to the bottom so it would tie in with its awesome shade.

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It’s coming along as you can see, just the tail left to complete.

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Just adding some finishing touches.

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Ta Da! Here it is all done!

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We have had this shade sitting around for sometime, and this seems like the perfect shade for this lamp.

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I am very happy with how it turned out.

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Here Are Some Quick Picks

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These chairs belonged to the grandfather of the guy I purchased them from.  He had them in his man cave.  The upholstery job leaves something to be desired.  I plan to remove the back rests (they are not original) and redo the seat bottoms in a different color.  I tried to find info on the manufacturer but was unsuccessful.

I came across these on Craigslist and knew I wanted them.  I love the style of the metal backrests.

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There is a lot of surface rust, but a little sand paper and paint will fix that.

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I need to figure out where to get new feet for a couple of the stools.

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I have seen this style in a table and chair form, but this is the first time I have seen the style in barstool form!  I think we will replace the stools that we are currently using with our…..

expWe purchased this bar a while back and love it.  I think I may have blogged about it before, but cant find the post!

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Here the bar is in its upright form

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Here is the back of it.  It has holders for glasses and bottles that lay down when the bar is folded into a coffee table!

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Here is what the bar looks like when folded into a coffee table.  Such a cool design by the ABCO company!

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Here it is all the way folded down.  This could slide under a bed for quick and easy storage.  This is going under a covered patio of our next place for entertaining.

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We picked this up for a quick $40 off of Craigslist as well.  It needs some restoring but that will be easy.  We have 2 of the pink and 1 brown versions of this lamp, so we thought aqua would be a nice contrast.

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I picked this lamp up at one of our local haunts.   The lampshade is one we had sitting around.  This will go into our booth for resale.

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These lamps are our friend Stephen’s.  They require repair so we traded for the magazine holder below.

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These lamps have damage around the switch but that shouldn’t be too hard to fix.  The lampshades for these lamps are in fantastic shape.  Stephen is going to throw them on eBay once the repairs are done.  These have no maker listed.

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Here is a nice jadite set that will be goin’ in the booth.

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Thinking I would like to be more proactive in the repair of our radios.  I picked up this working Conar model 224 tube tester for $15.  In a later post I plan to recover this unit with new stag material.

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It appears you can test radio and television tubes.  I have never used one of these units, so I hope its self explanatory.

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Here is a mauve frieze couch we recently picked up.  It is in surprisingly great shape for its age.

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I can imagine this in our home with a couple of Heywood Wakefield end tables on each side and a cool looking Carlo above it. We are torn if we will keep it or put it in our booth.

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The coolest feature about this couch is that it is a sleeper as well.

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There is NO wear to the mattress at all.  I don’t think it was ever used!

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