the last week was a bit of a blur, and i managed to get a lot done!
brought these babies to the upholstery shop:
i dropped off my vintage lamps to get rewired, and to order some new shades.
if you happen to get lucky and find an awesome vintage lamp, rewiring is a must. the older plugs are a fire hazard! (there is a great store here in salt lake where i go called the lamp store. yeah. i know. pretty easy to remember, right? it is located just across from liberty park.)
i paid $29 each to have my lamps rewired, and they also sturdied up one of the lamps that was a bit wobbly.
and now...onto the new shades!
the shades that the lamp came with were in pretty sad shape--cracking, water stains, and also screamed 1974. i knew i wanted a crisp, simple shade for the lamps, and so i tried out a few options.
it is simply amazing how much the shape of the shade affects the look of the lamp!
here are a few i tested: (i totally felt like goldilocks with the porridge!)
nice. but perhaps a bit too formal.
also nice, but i really want to play up the linear lines of these unique lamps, and this shade breaks that long lean line that i am looking for.
yesss....! the winner.
i looked at all of the fabric options for the company that makes these shades, but the one that i really liked was going to take 4-6 weeks to be made. yikes. that was cutting it too close.
HOWEVER, i could have one nearly identical made IN THE STORE for almost 40% less AND i could customize it in any size. uh....duh. sign me up! i ended up ordering some custom shades, that were 1" longer than the last picture.
fast forward 4 days.
yeah. thats right. they FIXED, and rewired my lamps and made me custom lampshades in under a week. good stuff!
when i went to pick them up, i still had ONE more decision to make...the size of the HARP. you know, this thing:
they come in a TON of sizes:
and, just a little tidbit of info---the size is stamped on the top! (which i didn't know before this project! don't you love learning new things?)
here is the rewired lamp and new CUSTOM shade with an 11.5" harp:
and an 11" harp:
still a little high....
and, the one i ended up with...a 10.5" harp:
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