Tuesday 4 June 2013

Vintage Industrial Floor Lamp For A Steal!

Yesterday my lovely husband and I took an impromptu trip to a salvage warehouse called Halsey's Recycles near Airport West. While just drifting around, I spotted an awesome truly vintage industrial twin floor lamp in the corner. Okay it wasn't awesome when I found it but I could visualise its potential after a clean-up, a paint job and maybe some new bulbs. And for $10 it was a steal!

The lamp was a bit unstable on its feet, quite rusty and not to mention very very dirty. My husband looked quite disgusted when I tried to fit in into our very very clean car. Anyway, when we reached home, I cleaned up the lamp as best I could and then it was off to my favourite light shop 'Lights Lights Lights'. 

They are the same guys who helped me wire my music stand to make it into a tripod lamp.
They tested the lamp for me and gave me the all clear. The lamp's Australian made, so no rewiring required! Woot Woot! I bought a couple of fancy squirrel cage aka a variation of the Edison light bulbs for $25 each from them. And even though the bulbs were more expensive than I had hoped for, I went home all excited!
I already had half a can of matt black spray paint from Bunnings Warehouse. So away I went on a spray painting spree. In 20 minutes I was done! It was time to let it dry! 

After a couple of hours, I bought it indoors, fixed up the bulbs, carried it to the living room, plugged it in and voila! There was light! It looks super after its makeover!

I must have done a million cartwheels in my head while my husband just rolled his eyes and said,"how many lamps and lights do you need in one room?" 

Well, I think one can never have enough light! 

And to list a few great things about this lamp: its truly the real deal vintage; it adds an industrial touch to my decor; I can adjust its height as I like and move the heads the way I want; it goes well with the black, white and neutral scheme of the living room and when I want to move the lamp, it will look just as perfect in the study/guest room as a floor or desk lamp! A vintage industrial floor lamp with so many uses! How can one argue with that kind of logic!

Anybody for a cup of tea?
Vintage tea cups 

So here it is, a shot of the lamp in the living room…
And here's the lamp in the study/guest room…

Not sure where I want to place it permanently. I guess it will just have to settle for a nomadic life in my home!

And to top it all…I did a bit of research and found that on Etsy and Ebay, similar lamps are going for double-triple the price. And for $60 I have a brand new (vintage) industrial adjustable floor lamp! Who doesn't love a bargain recycle!?!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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  2. Great find Rani! You must be so satisfied with the makeover.
    Did you know you can now also buy Edison style bulbs from Beacon Lighting stores? And they aren't even too ridiculously priced.
    Your living room is looking lovely and so is the guest room.

  3. Whoa! Look at that floor map. Who could have imagined that an almost junk item still looked good in your living room? Some repairs, repaint and perfect place there you go! I wish I have that eye for beauty beyond its not so adorable look. Only creative minds could do that.


  4. Tienes un blog muy bonito me encantan tus trabajos y las fotos , feliz Navidad¡¡, besitos.

  5. Perfect find! You are truly creative. Keep it up.


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