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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Before & After: Bamboo Floor Lamp

As I was wandering through my favorite local antique market the other day, the Sleepy Poet, I stumbled upon this floor lamp. It is made of bamboo that has been bent into the perfectly unique S-shape. The shape (and the fact that it is bamboo) really sold me on the lamp- I love how different it is from the standard straight-up-and-down floor lamps you often see.
It was covered in dust, and the bamboo "twine" holding the pieces together was coming unravelled. There was also some dried glue around one of the edges, from what appeared to be a DIY repair gone awry.
Based upon all these issues, I was able to bargain with the Sleepy Poet folks, and they ended up giving me a great deal on the lamp. At first glance, it's not much to look at. But I definitely had a vision for it- perfect behind an upholstered chair in a MoS nursery.
So, to get the lamp ready for the nursery...
First I gave it a good cleaning, to get rid of all the dust. I then removed all the dried glue, which was much easier than I expected. I purchased some replacement bamboo strips at my favorite local hardware and the began re-binding the pieces. I had to get the cord perfectly tucked in, which ended up working out fine.
Then, it was time to sand and paint, as the pup looked on. I'm guessing this lamp is from the 1960's or early 1970's, and most of the finish had worn off, which made sanding it pretty easy.
Finally, to paint! I just bought a can of good ole Rustoleum and went to town. I got the high gloss enamel in a shade between white and off-white (I can't remember the name of it).

A coat of paint really makes a difference!
Here it is in a temporary resting place in my living room. The shade on it was surprisingly nice. It must have been replaced recently. I added two bands of navy trim to give it a more custom look, and voila!
The finished product! It will look better in the nursery where it belongs, once that room is ready to go!

Tell us about your latest DIY project!


tarheel said...

very cool. I love your curtains. As a fellow Charlottean, I too haunt Sleepy Poet!

Anonymous said...

What a fab item. Most people probably wouldn't have seen the potential in that lamp, but you definitely have a good eye and a fantastic vision! The curved design feels very fresh and unusual.

Cynthia said...

How did you apply the trim - Is it grosgrain? I would love to know what you used and how....My last project with ribbon involved a glue gun and the results were horrible! Yikes~

Matters of Style said...

Cynthia- yes, the ribbon is grosgrain. I used fabric glue to attach it. I think it helps to use dark ribbon b/c with a lighter color ribbon, the glue might show through when you turn on the lamp. I definitely think fabric glue is the way to go though- I got mine at Hancock Fabrics.

Anonymous said...

This is so pretty! What a perfect lamp for a little boy's nursery. And I love it that the MoS puppy was there to help!

Lauren said...

I spy Tilley! Love the blog...keep up the great work, MoS!

Alaina Kaczmarski (Live Creating Yourself) said...

That looks fab! I recently painted my desk white. While I like the look, it's not wearing well. It's already chipped in a couple places, and I did it just a couple weeks ago. My guess is I didn't wait long enough for it to dry compleeeeeeeetely. My impatience got the best of me. Maybe this is the excuse I need to buy the parsons desk at West Elm I love oh-so-much!

brenda said...

wow... thats creative one...I keep my eye on your article... love it

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