Upcycles are great. Crafts are fun. Thrift store finds can be thrilling. But nothing is as satisfying as a great repurpose project!
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I’m going to share something with you that you may not know: I love a great repurpose project!
Upcycles are nice. Crafts are fun. Thrift store finds can be thrilling. But nothing is as satisfying to me as taking a piece and making it into something new and different.
Do you know what I mean?
That’s why I love this month’s theme of repurposing, and hope you’re excited about it too.
We’ve got repurposed projects going on around here all throughout September, and today’s project features a lamp that is…good grief…so many years old I can’t even remember how old it actually is!
This heavy Stiffel lamp was one of those work premiums from a company Tony worked for all those years ago. It sat on our desk for a few years, made a ridiculous number of moves with us, and somewhere along the way was relieved of its shade.
Then it just sat, unused, for a few more years.
See, I told you it was old!
I figured I’d do something with it eventually.
Eventually Finally Happened
This lamp had been very well-made and I have to admit that I got a little understanding of why our boys love demolition work so much.
Here’s an extra bonus when repurposing a lamp: you get to learn a little about wiring, construction, and quality. And, as a bonus for your bonus: you may even have some extra parts to save for other projects. How cool is that?
The sockets and wiring weren’t so useful, so I got rid of them.
The center rod had to go too, but I saved the finial and screwed it back to the bottom. It almost looks like it had been there all along, don’t you think?
As always, a great makeover comes from paint, and the newly designed base was ready for its transformation.
My Latest Paint Crush
I used Rust-Oleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and I’m a little in love now!
I’m so pleased with how it turned out. This is the color and finish I’ve had swirling around in my head for weeks, and I’ve already got two more pieces around the house that are on the list to get a shot of this paint.
I may even get the kids if they stand still long enough. 🙂 The color and finish are gorgeous!
I did give it a coat of primer first since the metal was bare and I had no interest in even beginning to sand this thing. It worked perfectly.
So for the top of the stand, I used a 12-inch terra-cotta tray and marbled it up!
It’s not so easy to see in the photo, but the center ring is slightly higher than those on the three columns.
It worked well when holding up the center rod for the lamp; not so well when you want to sit a clay tray on top without it toppling off.
Round felt furniture pads were perfect for the job. A couple in each column provided an even top for the tray to sit on.
And to be sure a stray swishing tail doesn’t take it off (these things happen with a Golden Retriever in the house), I added some E6000 to each column before attaching the tray.
This was another first-try for me. I’ve been a gorilla glue fan for a long time but decided it was time to give E6000 a try to see how it might compare.
So far, I’m impressed.
I just love the sharp contrast between the bronzed base and the creamy top. And there’s no end to the vignette options this newly crafted stand can display.
The curved edges will provide plenty of stability for pieces that might otherwise roll off, or a nice lift for flowing elements spilling over the sides.
So with a brand new vignette stand ready to go to work, I couldn’t just plop any old stuff on it.
I’m finally giving in to the idea that fall is coming (even though the weather hasn’t much noticed around here) and decided to add the first fall pieces to my decor.
I’ve always been a traditionalist when it comes to fall decor but wanted to go more neutral this year. So I went shopping for a new palette of colors and came up with these beauties:
Soft and warm – just what I was looking for.
Last year’s brashly-colored pumpkins, pine cones, and acorns got a softening job, and with my tail tucked, I humbly welcome fall – whenever it decides to come.
Don’t have a Stiffel lamp just like this one? No problem!
Take the idea to your thrift store or local yard sales and find a lamp that will repurpose well. Make it unique. Make it your own.
The DIY Vignette Stand is the second project in the Repurpose It! series. Here’s more:
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