Friday, October 24, 2008

Old Brass Lamp




This is the computer corner in my family room. If you look up in the top left corner, on the rack, you will see a big round brass ball. I think it is very pretty, but I also think it is special because of how I came to have it.

In its first life, it was a lamp. Someone donated it to the Waterfront Mission thrift store, and I bought it. I removed all the lamp wiring first. Then, Bob actually let me use his metal cutting saw to cut off the top. I thought I was going to have a brass bowl, but when the top came off it fell down inside the bottom. Voila, I have a beautiful brass ball on a stand. I was so tickled with myself for creating this fine brass decorating thingie!

My love affair with brass and copper started when Bob wanted the stainless steel shelves for our electronics. I decided to use a metal decorating scheme in order to blend them in. It's easy to find second hand brass and copper, so I can be pretty picky. Now I'm all about Metallica decor! I've managed to accumulate a bunch of the shiny stuff!

25 comments:

SarahLCC said...

Oh, fun! I need to run over and post my show and tell!

Jan and Tom's Place said...

How novel!! Very pretty too!

ivoryspring said...

WOW - that's so creative! You did a great job, and I love the final result!

Melissa Wertz said...

It is beautiful!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

WOW it has a great embossed pattern on it too!

ceekay said...

Great idea. It looks very beautiful!

diadsie said...

Wow, repurposing is great! It's really unique.
My entry will be published at 3:35 am, at the time of my son's birth 22 yrs ago. The Show and Tell is under the first part of the post.

Grammy said...

What a wonderful treasure.
Have a great week,
Grammy

Hootin' Anni said...

Wow...that was such a wonderful, creative idea!!! You did good!!!

My Show n Tell is now posted...come on over if you can! I'd love to have you visit with me this fine Friday!!! Happy weekend to you too.

Chez Nous said...

That is so cool. I can't believe how the piece you sawed off fell inside and formed a perfect lid. Great job!

Constance said...

WOW! Isn't it great how something starts out one way and then accidently turns out better than you imagined?

Last week I shared about my Grandma's trunk, the "before restoration" photos. I got it back and I have posted its transformation on today's S&T.
Connie

Carla said...

How cool! And even more special that YOU created it!!! (I love metal too:)

Alice said...

Awesome! This is really cool! Sometimes accidents turn out really great!

Manuela said...

Well that worked out! Very cool and pretty too!

Manuela

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

that's pretty creative! I never would have thought to "repurpose" a lamp base like that.
Good job!

Mrs. Miles said...

How CLEVER - I admire your courage and ingenuity.

How do you keep all your brass clean?

Thanks so much for sharing.

Lady Katherine said...

What a great idea! Love it, now its an orginal

Lisa Ann said...

What wonderful and unique brass ball. That is so cool!

char72 said...

Wow That's amazing. I think it's beautiful. I like brass and copper stuff too.
Charlotte

Susie Homemaker said...

Very cool...love all things shiny!

Best Wishes,
Susie

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

How unique! Thanks for sharing.

Katherine

Linda C said...

So creative!! It looks great:) Thanks for showing us!
Linda C

Kathy said...

It's beautiful, Faith! Amazing what a little tweaking will do!
Kathy

Gattina said...

Wow ! what a nice job you did there ! It looks very decorative. Only pay attention that it doesn't fall on your head, lol !

Kelli said...

It's beautiful! I love all the detail work...so pretty!
~Kelli