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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

'70s Caned Lamp

I don't have a spare room for a craft area. I carved out an area of the living room, which is nice because I can do my work while in the same room as the family. But this area is so dark! I have actually used a flashlight to see what I am doing. I made a recent trip to the H4H Re-Store to check out the chandeliers and came home with a couple. One of them is an awesome caned dome lamp straight from the '70s. While I love me some retro I don't want to live in a museum.

This cane lamp is cool but rather dark.

I wanted to lighten the lamp up a bit and I have some Rustoleum Strawflower yellow left over from my desk. I sprayed a few light coats inside and out. In this California summer heat it dried really quickly. I love how the frame parts didn't take the paint. It makes it look like it was made this way, not obviously spray painted.

Ahhh. Lightened up with Strawflower yellow by Rustoleum.
This lamp was a chandelier but I have no intentions of making a hole in my ceiling and rewiring my living room. I rewired the lamp with a swag kit. I have never rewired anything before and the boyfriend hasn't been home. I figured that I had a 50/50 chance of getting this right. Right? Haha, just kidding! I have a healthy respect for electricity. So I found a YouTube video which showed me how to wire the light socket.
I didn't want to hang my lamp from the ceiling. I think it will make my living room look too cluttered, I already have a chandelier and a swagged drum lamp out here. I also wanted it right above my craft area which would have been awkward. I got a plant hanger from the big orange box and mounted it to the wall studs.

Oh No! Fail!

The hanger I picked was much too short at 9 inches. I returned to the orange box and got the longest arm at 15 inches. Much better!!

The plant hanger was much less decorative than I wanted but, hey, it works.

I looped a link of the chain and pulled it back, to keep the chain and cord out of the way. I then hung the lamp from another link of the chain.

Love my "crystal" chain pull. This wasn't original to the lamp, the Re-Store people added the bling for me.

I am loving my new lamp! I think that it gives some confirmation to my little craft space. Rather than just looking like a messy wall, it now looks like the mess belongs there ;-)

Ahh, now I can see what I am doing.


Daffy's Dream said...

wow! that look great. Im your new follower

I would like to invite you for the giveaway party at


Miss Gracie's House said...

Light is a good thing and a cute light...even better!

Anonymous said...

that's a beautiful lamp. And I love how you hang it! great idea!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Looks super cute- and yay for task lighting!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

It looks so cute now, Christine! Thank you so much for linking up!