The cashier, a man with an alarmingly bushy moustache, gazed upon all the stuff we had dumped upon his counter (two books, a slatted bed base, cd's, some kitchen stuff and the star of this blog:an enormous lamp) scratched his equally bushy ear and announced in a loud voice: "madam, sir, 10 euros please!"
"I don't know..." Joost mumbled to me while leaving the thrift shop. " I think the rest cost about 20 euros, but he just gave us 10 back, because he was happy to get rid of that ugly lamp you just bought"
|He doesn't show it, but he's doubting my good taste.|
Joost and I were on a mini thrifting road trip: we were headed for a birthday party in Amsterdam, and Joost had suggested to visit a few thrift shops and vintage stores while we were hitting the road.
Oh yes indeed, Joost is an AMWTOTI: a man who takes occasional thrifting initiative. Did you know they existed? Well, I didn't. Previous fella's raised their eyebrows over my thrifty habits at best, but luckily, Joost is happy to dive in. I am one lucky girl ;)
But when I picked up an enormous, fifties-style lamp, Joost seemingly began to regret his proposal.
Here's the culprit (wearing the other culprit)
|well, I may have a light bulb above my head, but was buying this a bright idea? Joost doesn't think so!!|
|No Joost, you can't take it from me! Mine! My preciousss!!|
|and more than a little lopsided too...|
but no worries; I am a girl on a mission.. an industrial mission, that is! Because, like many, I am very fond of industrial design, and industrial lighting in particular.
|that will be 190,-! and it's a copycat!|
But these things (especially the original ones coming from factories in Eastern Europe) easily cost between 150 and 250 euros a piece, or even more. So, why not instead make one myself? for a lamp that had cost me about 4,- ( or minus 10,-, as Joost claimed) it was at least worth a try!
I began by disassembling the lamp, by simply tugging and twisting at every part that seemed twistable, and soon I had a lovely heap of former lamp
|deconstructing is my middle name!|
much better, eh?
Now, I wanted to make my tinted glass lampshade look like metal (the material, not the music..duh!), like those industrial lampshades I like so much, but a normal layer of paint probably wouldn't do that trick. But luckily, we have..
|Hammerite! How I loveth thou!|
|mixing the colours a bit.. see the cool effect of that light one? this paint is pure magic, I tell you!|
|and painting! You can see how the paint quickly gets its signature effect?|
but well, the outer layer is finished!
|is it a flying saucer?|
|a fresh white layer for the inside...|
I also snatched up a pretty cool vintage cord, to replace the boring brown one. Rewiring a lamp was a first for me, but as it turns out, it's quite simple :)
|I feel like such a professional now..|
With a little bit of nifficking to get everything back into place ( and fixing that lopsidedness while at it) I was done!
|I see many more hammerite-projects in the future!|
|and yes, it works :)|
I am very pleased with it!
Admittedly: those real old factory-lamps with their battered looks are a league of their own , But by spending well under 10 euros, instead of 200,-, I'm certainly not complaining :)
So, what do you think? Good copycat, or lampshade of shame?