Monday, February 2, 2015

Vintage Pink, Rejuvenated

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 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 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!)

Until then, 


Sheila said...

Hi Pat, I love the lamp. It is so sweet, I would never guess that the silver cleaner would do the job. I also really like the print and frame hanging above the bed. So pretty. Did you make the pillow o the bed? Very nice. Can't wait to see what you have to share next. Til next time.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

The lamp is so beautiful. I just don't have an eye for looking at a grungy item and knowing how well it will clean up. This lamp is absolutely beautiful and perfect in your pink room.
xx, Carol

Shirlee Fassell said...

Wow it's the sweetest lamp! I Took a chance once and paid $40 for a GF chunky box link watch chain crusted with dirt. I soaked it and cleaned it and uncovered my most favorite chain that made a great necklace. These kinds of finds are once in a blue moon!

Tina Marie the Willow Witch said...

Love the lamp, but like you I am a girl who loves pink. What caught my eye even more was the lovely print hanging over the bed, made me want to jump in the picture and walk down that country road.

Julie Fukuda said...

That lamp was lucky to have found you.
Imagine, a museum piece in a flea market!

Una said...

Hi Pat,my name is Una and I live in Nottinghamshire,the heart of Sherwood Forest I have my own little blog this is a new adventure for me and I'm still learning.However I do visit you often and love your blog,I have been with you through a lot of things and I am pleased that you have finally settled into you new home,it's a strain I know but I hope your happy in this your new beginning.Yes I love your lamp it's beautiful,but I also love the quilted pillow on the bed it's fabulous,don't you just love quilts as much as I do,well you take care until next time stay happyx.Una.x.

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