Friday, February 24, 2012
I Took A Poll At The Last Estate Sale I Attended And The Results Were Illuminating. Status: Wow...Pun Much?
Ok...so I didn't "Take" the poll so much as "Buy" the poll...and well the "poll" was actually a Pole Lamp. Thus the "Illumination". Gawd...was that as bad as it sounds? Too bad. Here, I am King....King of bad Punville! Step inside and let's take a closer look at this beauty!
Pretty nice, right? But this thing was a HOT MESS when I bought it. It was covered in tobacco
stain. ::shudders:: It was actually pretty nasty. More so than the "Slavic Modern" (thanks Dave
...it's gonna be a thing!) Danish style chair I cleaned up a few days ago that came from the same
sale. If the chair was covered in as bad a tobacco stain, it actually probably enhanced the look
of the wood rather than detracted from it! Anyway, it was very obvious on this pole lamp.
"So what did you do to make the pole lamp look so much better Mr. Modtomic?" I'm glad you
asked! I just used some general purpose cleaner (www.progreenkleen.com - bought some
from a guy who knocked on our door. Works great. Smells good too!) and scrubbed with some
0000 steel wool. That's all it took. 0000 steel wool doesn't seem to leave scratches or swirl
marks. It just breaks down the stains while the cleaner helps to dissolve them and wash them
away. Some of you out there might be saying "duh" but I'm just figuring some of these things out!
I though the steel wool might leave scratches all over the paint or leave it dull. Nope! Looks
great. Of course I found out that I have to have a light touch near the edges or find that I've
scrubbed through the paint and down to raw steel!
It's still not perfect but it's gonna find a happy home soon. Happier (hopefully) than the stain
mongering one it came out of. If I end up keeping it I might paint the tan bits bright shiny white.
What do ya think, wouldn't that look pretty mod?