Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Finding The Right Lampshade & A Repair

I totally love my new lamp, but finding the right shade was really important and finding the right place for him was the next thing.  I finally have both, plus a little repair makes him perfect.
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Remember my bronze man and how dapper he is?  My latest $15 goodwill find.

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When I brought him home I placed him on an end table by the sofa and borrowed the shade off the lamp that was there.  Way too big for him, but I just had to play and see how he was going to look.  He's a little too tall and skinny for this table, but he is absolutely gorgeous.

I decided I would rather have him on my desk.  I tried quite a few different shades that I had when he was moved over, but none of them were right.

This rectangular one from my bedroom lamp would work as far as shape is concerned.

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 However, I would have to really watch the size and I would need a shorter harp so the shade isn't too high above his head.

This is one I had in the storage closet, I am trying everything just to see what works and what doesn't.

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The style of this shade is all wrong, but the size is perfect, so now I know what to look for.  This shade is 12" tall and 14" across the bottom.  This is a good size.

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I always check at Ross for lampshades.  Sometimes they have just the perfect thing.  TA-DA, burlap and the perfect size and shape.  How lucky is that and only $7.99.  Quite the bargain.  A burlap drum shade that is 12" tall and 14" across the bottom.  Couldn't be better.

Now for the repair - You can see he is holding a ball in one hand and a stick in the other, but I couldn't figure out the stick.    Like some of you, I finally decided that he was dressed for golf and part of his golf club was missing.  I guess it broke off and maybe that's why he wound up in goodwill.
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So I thought I could fix that.  I went to the party supply store and found some plastic golf club favors.

After a little carving, gluing and paint,  you'd never know it had been broken off.

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He's a great size for my desk area and adds tons of character, plus now he has his club.

The right shade and a little repair definitely made him perfect.

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  Have you found any new treasures lately ? How do you shop for shades?  I usually take a lamp with me so I can try the shades, however this time just trying the ones I had at home let me find the right size.

Be sure and mark your calendars, 24 bloggers are opening their doors to show you their kitchens on the 22nd and 23rd.  They are going to show you all the details and ins and outs of their fabulous kitchens and I get to be part of the group. You can tour my kitchen on the 22nd.   So put a big red X on both days, you really don't want to miss any of the tours, plus there is a fabulous giveaway too.

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Ivy @ Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Judy @ DIY by Design for Sizzle Into Summer Wednesday
Kristen @ We Are That Family for Works For Me Wednesday
The Everyday Home for Homework Wednesday
Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
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Lindsay @ Southern Lovely for Show and Share
Lucy @ Craftberry Bush for Inspiration Gallery Thursday
Yvonne @ Stonegable  for Tutorials - Tips and Tidbits Thursday
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  1. The details are perfect Marty!!!!! Love the shade absolutely perfect for him and the golf club? Genius!!!

  2. I am like you -- I have enough shades that I can "play" at home and figure out what size fits and then hit the cheap places first -- Home Goods, TM, Maxx and if I NEED a shade badly then I can go to Pottery Barn or the lamp store in the city! Sometimes if I have one that isn't perfect (like the one you tried that was the right size but not the right shape), I'll use it as a "placeholder" so I can use the lamp until I can find that perfect shade that I don't have to pay an arm and a leg for!!!

    It's a great lamp and you were so clever to fix it! Congrats!


  3. Clever repair, Marty! I love the new shade, too!

  4. The burlap lampshade not only is perfect for the lamp but it also perfect match for the warm tones of your home. The bronze gentleman looks as if he will be quite content basking in the warm glow of his new home.

  5. Well look at you!! What an amazing repair!!! Quite ingenious!!! He looks fabulous with his new shade too! Gotta luv Ross!!!~~Angela

  6. Quite clever restoring his club. The shade is great for him.

  7. Both are just wonderful. I do love your home and how creative you are.
    Hope your well and having a fabulous week.

  8. Oh Marty, this new shade and the club fix is PERFECT - you are so danged clever- he looks soooooooooo expensive! (That shade was a GREAT bargain and so so perfect!)

    Well done, my friend!!

  9. I do like the burlap shade! And that was quite the deal too!


  10. Love that lamp and love the burlap lampshade on it!!

  11. What a great repair job you did! I was wondering what was in his hands and couldn't figure it out. And, the shade is perfect! I would love to find a lamp like that for my husband's desk at the office.

  12. Marty,
    I truly love the ingenuity you used to repair and update this handsome fellow! He truly is great find and addition.
    I am currently working on a post on lamp shades for my two pink vintage lamps-I am struggling with the shades I have chosen. My post will up and running tomorrow, please stop by and give me some feedback.
    Thank you-Sweet Hugs,

  13. Marty, you found the perfect shade and it looks terrific. You would never know that his golf club was broken - great job. He looks so good on your desk.
    Have a great week.

  14. Wow you found the perfect shade. I was amazed at the difference the shade made.

  15. That is pretty darn cool Marty!
    How clever are you! The shade is perfect and your repair, love it!
    Hugs friend,

  16. The burlap shade is perfect! Love your repair! Super great job!

  17. Great shade for him, Marty, and I love how you repaired the golf club. Very creative to use a golf club party favor. You got the color down perfectly, too.

  18. you are a creative Genius~!!!

    wow wow what a beautiful unique lamp and the shade is Perfect.

  19. You are such a smart lady! The shade and club are perfect! He looks so designer.

  20. Oh Marty you amaze me! He is very daper and the shade reminds me of tweed...I think he is probably Scottish!

  21. Marty,
    You are truly AMAZING, dear friend!!!
    This burlap shade brings out the masculine features of your lamp, splendidly!!!
    GREAT repair, too!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  22. Great idea for the repair! You found the perfect shade, and he looks wonderful on your desk! Just the right spot!!


  23. It's always a nice feeling receiving a comment from you.thank you.You do wonderful things which is inspiring.Love this post.Love sujatha..:):)

  24. Impressive Marty! Love how you fixed him...so much better now! ;)

  25. I love your new lamp and the shade you found is absolutely perfect. You're so right that the right size lamp shade can make or break the look of any lamp. You are so clever to replace his golf club and it looks amazing.

  26. Love it!! You went to the party store!! Lol. I love it!! You can't even tell that you replaced it with something else. I heart Goodwill!

  27. What a great lamp! Honestly, before you added the golf club, I thought he was holding a popsicle:-)

  28. Great tips on choosing a lampshade Marty! The bronze man was a super find! Loving the burlap shade too. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesday.

  29. It's amazing what a difference the lampshades make.

  30. He is gorgeous Marty and with the perfect lamp shade too! You did great, as you sure have perfect simetry for everything you do, my friend. Enjoy your weekend.

  31. Marty - he is quite dapper - love the burlap shade - the square one looked amazing too - very clever fix! He looks all ready to golf now - beautifully done~! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  32. Hi Marty,

    Your little guy looks amazing! But, as I am looking at the ball, it doesn't look like a golf ball, as it seems a bit too large. Could it be a tennis ball, or even a cricket ball? I wonder?