Friday, April 27, 2012
Got Up Early To Enjoy This Fine Thursday Morning And Work On A Lamp. Status: Shiny But Not Perfect.
This floor lamp looked pretty rough when I spotted it at the Green Shag Market a little over a month ago but it was just so cheap. It had good bones as they say. I thought, even if I have to paint the metal it'll be worth taking home, but I was hoping that I could just clean it up and it would be fine. Well...
...It turns out a previous owner had attempted to spruce this baby up with a coat of gold paint.
Fail. Hmmm, maybe that's a bit harsh. It may have been done a long time ago and it just wasn't
wearing well. But any old way, it was coming off so's I could see what we're working with. Also,
I wanted to see what kinda damage 0000 steel wool was going to do to polished brass. I think
it looks fine for getting a good scrubbing with the steel wool, but I'll let you judge for yourself.
Sure, there are swirl marks but if there weren't any other issues with the brass finish I'd be super
happy with this look. But..
...Yeah, there's some corrosion and pitting in spots on the base. Ah ha, so this is why they
painted it! Such a shame because the base looks so pretty and shiny now. But that corrosion
is pretty evident when viewed indoors. It looks like I'm gonna have to give it yet another shot
of paint. But at least I know what it coulda looked like!
At least that walnut center section shined up REAL nice! I just used some steel wool,
Howard's Walnut Restore-A-Finish and then followed up with a nice coat of Howard's
Feed-N-Wax. Lookin' good. So what color would look great with the Walnut? Bright and
shiny white? My ol' standby: satin black? Pale green? Got any suggestions?
Ain't that pretty? I love getting shots like this where the subject is in focus and the background is
blurred. Can you believe that I've taken more than 7000 photos with my little Nikon Coolpix L1?
It's a great little camera. One of my favorite features is that it takes standard AA batteries. Of
course I use Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeables, but if I get stuck out with dead batteries I can
still pop into a quickshop and buy a set of regular alkalines to get me by. Can't do that with
The Restore-A-Finish isn't a miracle worker. There are still some minor boo boos on the walnut
section. It looks sooo much better though that these little blemishes are easily overlooked. As a
matter of fact, they were difficult to even photograph and they can be rotated around to the back
side or wall side when the lamp is in use. So I guess I'll be showing this lamp again after I decide
on a color and shoot the metal bits.