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Vintage Lane Rooster TV Lamp

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As usual Mel and I were out hitting our usual places last weekend and came across a really cool rooster Lane TV lamp. The cool thing is that I am starting to have a chicken thing going in our vintage kitchen.

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I don’t think I have ever seen a rooster TV lamp as of yet. I just knew it would be a nice compliment to the top of our 1962 pink Frigidaire refrigerator.

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I already had two chickens that now flank the rooster TV lamp just like the one below.

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I think together they make a nice set. I really love the light the lamp throws on top of the refrigerator. Remember you can use TV lamps anywhere that makes sense, they are not just for TV’s anymore.

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These have such great color and look great together.

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I love the shadows and light it throws when the light is on.

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These look nice with the other items we have in our kitchen.

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These are LARGE ceramic roosters fighting. We got these a while back at the Sacramento Second Sunday Antique Faire.

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These hang on the side of the vintage General Electric stove. I love the splashes of gold.

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These little fellas are on our lazy susan center piece on the dinner table. I think they are Royal Copley.

1951 Reglor Fish Lamp Restoration

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This lamp will look fantastic once done. It even has the glass panel that sits in the holder.

Mel and I reached out to a seller on Ebay that had put this lamp on sale many times without any takers (this is a good technique to use with Ebay sellers when they have an item that isn’t selling, usually you can get the item for less). Anyways, the lamp was not in a color that worked with our color palette so we changed it up to match the other Reglor fish lamp I restored earlier.

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This is the one already restored and in our bathroom.

We decided to paint it in a similar color scheme so they match the shades and look like they go together. Fish stuff from this time period always seem collectible.

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This lamp was in pretty good shape but it had some chips and some paint loss……but no CRACKS!!! Yay!!!

After a good cleaning and a few hours of painting it turned out great! We are soo glad that this restoration is complete.

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I also needed to replace the lamp harp and the light bulb socket.

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These look great together and will serve us well for years to come.

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Lil Bit Country

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Chalkware Lamp Repairs

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I have been busy lately fixing a few lamps that our friend Stephen brought to us that he purchased online and received broken. He always manages to find really great lamps.

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This lamp had 8+ breaks in it. The only frame to this lamp are the white poles that go through it so it was gonna need some crazy gorilla glue to hold it together.

The first lamp I want to talk about is the really cool green Plasto Mfg. Co. lamp that he purchased. As you can see, this would have ended up in the garbage by most folks but Stephen thought I could fix it. After a lot of gluing, spackeling and sanding and a good amount of paint here is how it turned out!

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I am amazed at how things turned out. Stephen also had me paint the lamp shade frames white and I relaced the shades. I also had to install a new push switch. Once Stephen gets the lamp back in place I will have him send me a pic to show it off.

The Next Lamp Stephen asked us to repair was a really cool Capri lamp. The damage wasn’t as bad as the one above but it did have a few good breaks. Here are a few pics of the damage it suffered during shipping:

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I marked the areas that had damage with those really cool pink ovals…..I love pink! Anyways, here are closer images of the damage:

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That looks like a pretty good crack!

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This is towards the base, it seems to go all the way through.

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Here is another crack up underneath one of the brass poles.

The one thing that always makes Stephen’s lamps a challenge to repair is the finish on each lamp. I have to really try hard to duplicate it with toothbrushes or stiff metal brushes. It would be interesting to see how they originally did it. I imagine they maybe used an airbrush to get that unique finish. Here is the lamp repaired and ready to go!

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Look great!

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Ok, that is a really cool lamp!

The next lamp may seem like deja vu but Stephan managed to find another very rare Frederick Weinberg horse lamp. Unfortunately like the other one he acquired this one was damaged too. This lamp had damage to the top of the front legs and it also had many small cracks. We were able to repair it in the same way we repaired the other one and it looks great in his home!

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As you can see from the photo the crack goes all the way to the metal frame.

As usual, after glue, spackle, sanding and paint it was back to like new condition. These lamps are soo Mad Men! I could see these sitting in the background while Don Draper is trying to sell a pitch to some company at his advertising agency. These are very cool.

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Here it is like new!

Here are both of the Weinberg horse lamps repaired and in Stephen’s home, they look soo nice together.

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I know as long as chalkware lamps are shipped I have job security. I love being able to save these from the scrap heap and make them new again. The alternative is to just throw them away and I couldn’t do that. This is why I try to share my techniques so others can save these fascinating relics from a time gone by.

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