It was a sunny Saturday when it came into our lives: our Rescue Lamp. We didn’t set out that morning to adopt a stray, beaten-down lamp, but when we saw it there, lonely, forgotten, abused, marked down to $1 at a yard sale…
We knew we had to rescue it and give it a good home.
It appeared Lamp had been abandoned to fend for itself, and there was evidence it had been abused, such as its broken leg:
(It couldn’t even stand up straight.)
Plus a few wayward bruises…
…its skinny appearance and, most of all, its skittish, shamed demeanor:
The first step to Lamp’s rehabilitation was to mend its broken bones and heal its bruises. Andy took on the role of physical therapist, and had it mended and straight in no time, with the use of needlenose pliers and sheer, manly, brute strength.
We were relieved to see Lamp’s bones heal, and see it begin to stand up a little straighter, but we knew there was more to be done to make it beautiful. Enter Rub-n-buff, Antique Gold, which I picked up here.
(Remember in the last post when we talked about the brass/bronze decor trend? It was all a ploy by me to make you think I’m not crazy for trying to make this shiny brass lamp look like antique bronze with a natural patina.)
I squeezed some Rub-n-Buff onto a sock and began massaging Lamp.
Here you can see Lamp’s base, where I had used the Rub-n-buff to take out some of that offensive brass shininess.
And here you can see on the left, a before, and on the right, the after. Lamp was really starting to look like someone cared…
…like someone was willing to get their hands dirty in its defense.
Now I’m happy to show you that Lamp stands taller, straighter, prouder…
…and you can see its beautiful rub-n-buff patina, how it looks a little more like real, well-loved expensive bronze.
Sometimes I catch Lamp alone at night, remembering its past life on the streets. Thankful to have found a place where it belongs, a purpose.
Lamp has found home with us here. It lives in the office, giving off beautiful task lighting upon our new desk, which I’ll be showing you soon.
Truly a story of how love can transform even the most battered, broken down mutts and make them shine. Have your lamps spayed or neutered.
P.S.: Lamp got spiffed up even more. We hacked it so it runs on batteries! See how you can make any lamp cordless here.
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