It was probably months ago that I showed this room....or this part of the room. After that blog post, I received an email from one of my blog readers who emails often. She was interested in the pink lamp in the photo. So she asked about it and since it has a story, as most things do, I promised to tell about it 'one day soon.' Well, it wasn't soon, but Gari Ann, I hope you see this!
I found this little vintage Pink lamp in the flea market, of course. At the time, I thought it was the sweetest little thing and really wanted to buy it. Not really surprising, given what I am usually doing. The 'story' part is this.....I could tell the lamp was just dear....except that it was covered in black hand prints, smudges and streaks. It was only $7, so I stood there trying to figure out if I could clean it if I bought it because it would be useless as is. Standing there for a little bit debating the issue with myself, I finally decided that the price was right and it would be SO cute all cleaned up...well, I'd take a chance.
Would you have?
This is a photo I took earlier, without the light on...as you most likely saw it months ago. Even in very poor light, the lamp is so cute!
After the purchase, I brought it home, took the shade off and had a good look at it. It's all glass, with hand painted flowers, just the sweetest thing! By the way, I don't think this lamp shade is the one that came with it....but it looks pretty good with it, so I'm not searching for another one. So, back to the story. I tried everything to clean this lamp. Windex. Baking soda, Lemon juice. Vinegar. Dish detergent. Hand soap. Everything. Feeling bad that it wouldn't come clean, I put it away for a few days. For some strange reason....and actually, having mostly given up on making the lamp worthy of keeping....I decided to try one more thing......
Now, who would expect this to clean a painted glass lamp? But....I did exactly as I would do with a piece of silver....and what a surprise.....off came all that black without much effort at all...and it looked as good as new. I couldn't believe it! And, that is the story. From potential garbage, to this beautiful hand painted vintage lamp. Who knew?
It seemed to do no damage at all, just made it look great. I was dumbfounded.
And, very happy!!
What do you think? I will try it on something else should the event ever arise.....and I'm so proud now of my vintage Pink lamp....and shade too. Gari Ann, hope you aren't disappointed in my little vintage PINK, rejuvenated!
Next time, expect another story on something vintage with a different outcome....which may also surprise you! (Or, knowing me, maybe not!)