You might remember back here when we visited the Summer Renegade Craft Fair and didn’t buy anything. We did however, pass an amazing street sale and find this dusty gem…
We immediately wiped it down, then got lazy and it sat on the kitchen counter for a while. As you can see, it was a little rustier than we’d hoped under all that dust and dirt.
Enter Eagle One Nevr-Dull to save the day (oh, and the lamp) from hideous-ness.
If you’re not familiar, this product is simply a cotton “wadding” soaked in a polishing compound as opposed to a traditional liquid you might use with a rag. You simply slap on some gloves, pull out a chunk of wadding and go to work. Keep in mind, it’s got a pretty strong petroleum-type smell, so you’ll either need to keep it off your hands in the first place, or risk smelling like a refinery all day. Oh, and be sure to use it outside.
My method was to go over every surface of the lamp, then wipe off the residue, then repeat. Simple as that. Hit the rougher spots with a little extra elbow grease and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results. Keep in mind, every chore is better with beer. Just sayin’.
After about a half hour of work out on the deck, this baby was gleaming. I’ve used Nevr-Dull on various types of metals in the past, but it’s quickly becoming my go-to for anything metal. And, the most important part, it’s Jack approved!
We then moved on to the re-wiring. We ordered twisted cloth wire and a fresh screw-together plug from Sundial Wire. Shipping was super fast, and the product looks great and is incredibly easy to work with. This is how the old ceramic bulb housing looked when we opened her up.
Simply unscrew the wire contacts and remove the old ugly brown wire from the lamp. Then you’ll need to strip the ends of your fancy new wire. About 1/2″ seems about right for a project like this. Specialized wire strippers come in extremely handy for jobs like this, and can be picked up at Radio Shack or any hardware store for around $5. If you use them once a year, you’ve saved yourself quite a bit of hassle. If you’re a cheapskate, you can carefully cut around the housing with regular scissors, but be careful to not cut through the wire itself.
Since our wire was covered with shiny silver fabric, we used tiny bits of electrical tape to keep the ends from fraying inside the plug and bulb housing. We don’t want to go starting any fires, now do we?*
*Please be careful and use common sense when dealing with electricity. We like having you here, OK?
After you’re all trimmed and taped up, simply hold the exposed ends of the under the junctions and tighten up the screws.
Do the same on the other end. I have to say, this plug from Sundial couldn’t have been easier to use. The hardest part was finding a slender screwdriver to fit inside the holes on the face of the plug.
The whole goal of revamping the lamp was that it would eventually hang at the height of a regular table lamp and hover sexily above our console table in the foyer. My mind nearly exploded, though, when I couldn’t get my head past the fact that the lamp cord cuts across the shimmering golden beams of Kim’s grandparents’ clock. For some unknown reason, I immediately hated the placement. I officially put the hanging of the lamp on hold until further notice. I don’t invoke my executive stop-order privilege often, but when I do, Kim knows things have gotten serious.
Honestly, I don’t know what it is about this very temporary location (see me on top of the ladder in the lamp’s reflection there? Nothing’s been anchored into place just yet!) that bugs me. For me, it’s the combination of the brown and gold of the clock and table – and the green of the wall that screams no! in my head. Something about polished chrome and brassy gold just doesn’t mesh with me. My lady’s a fan of the whole mis-match, and she’s less than thrilled that this has become a thing. (She’s a woman of action, and I mean that in the, um, best possible way.)
If the lamp is meant to live here, maybe something else needs to move to make room. Am I being ridiculous? Does it work? Should we bite the bullet and hang the damn thing? Or should we move the clock, paint the wall or start from scratch? (Kidding, kind of.) Your input is so, so welcomed. And needed.