Before & After – Upcycled retro lamp
My neighbour had an old lamp on her front porch for a few weeks so I left a note asking if she would be interested in selling it. She kindly dropped it on my front porch and said I could have it for free. So a box of chocolates later it was mine. It needed a bit of TLC but it had potential.
I sold the lamp shade on gumtree for $10, cleaned the cord and replaced the electrical plug.
TIP: New lamp shades fit a standard size socket which older lamps don’t necessarily have. If you unscrew the socket and have another lamp shade around the house you can check if it fits. If it doesn’t and you want a socket to fit a new lamp shade you can either purchase individual parts from the hardware (socket, switch, cord and plug) for approximately $20 and get an electrician or someone with experience to change it over. Alternatively, you can take the lamp to De Lights (other lighting stores may also be able to assist) and they can do it all for you for approximately $40. Personally, I think this is the easier option.
I then used Restor-A-Finish on the wood. This product is great to give wood a new life as it covers most white marks and hides scratches.
I then added my new off-white linen shade and this is the final result.