Tuesday, June 5, 2012


The formal dining room doesn't get used much at my house unless we are hosting a dinner.
It has been used for puzzles, scrapbooking or just plopping stuff on the table. I am always on the look out for unique and fun stuff to decorate the space so it can look pretty and dramatic. The great thing about our dining area is that it is almost always neat and clean, which is good because it is the first room seen from the front door.
I was at my favorite thrift and I saw two lamps. 
I was so confused by them. 
They were reproduction lamps based on French Empire Antiques. There were candle arms that were designed to hold real candles under the shade.
Wouldn't real candles burn a lampshade?
The ones that I found were pot or cast metal from the 60s.

Pot metal was like the resin of today. I think many affordable lamps were made this way.

Would you be able to look past the ugly of these?
It took me three trips to the thrift before I could. 

 I paid $10.00 each. That is the going rate for lamps at my thrift store. 

As soon as I got home I dismantled the lamp.

I unscrewed the lamp socket,

and cut off the cord.

I was left with a hole at the top of the lamp.

I screwed in a finial that I picked up at Ace Hardware. 

Be sure to hold the nut at the bottom to tighten the lamp.

Out to the yard for spray paint. Orb of course.

Now I have two candelabras instead of wacky lamps. I thought $20..00 a little high for very outdated lamps, but  I think it pretty good for these.

I added some crystals.

They looked fabulous burning when trick or treaters came to the door.

They look so good with the spray painted chandelier. Read about it here.

 What do you think?

I love them.



  1. Katie Sue: Those are so pretty and how could you put candles in them if there was a lampshade there?? They were made to be fixed by you..Happy Tuesday..Judy

    1. Thank you Judy. That is exactly what I thought. What a weird concept for a lamp. Thanks for stopping in to say hi.

  2. Hi Katie Sue those turned out beautiful I bet it was fun making them over.
    Stay Cool
    RaNae oh PS we still haven't made it to the reuse store or the other one yet lol

    1. It was tons of fun remaking them. I will have to take pictures of them again in my Halloween display. Let me know if you find anything at the Restore.

  3. Hi ~ found your lovely blog thru Time Travel Thursday! Such a great post you've shared today! I think I have a little lamp envy going on here!! Those turned out wonderful ~ and to think, only $10 each! You did great!

    I'm having a Wedding Blog Party right now over at my blog (and a little giveaway, too) so please stop by if you get a chance!

    Big TX Hugs,

    1. Thanks Stephanie. I will hop over to your site. Thank you so much for stopping by and becoming a follower.:)

  4. I love making candelabras out of lights!
    Yours look great!


    1. Thank you, Gail. I'm so pleased you stopped in. :)

    2. I can't believe you made that unique candelabra! You are so creative. I think that you made it look much easier than it actually would be.

  5. These are some of the best candelabras online that ive seen. Keep up the good work!

  6. This candelabra looks like it would look nice in my home. I hope to find one similar to this to place in my living room. Would you happen to know where I could buy candelabras online? http://www.surebonus.com/listing.asp?dept_id=45010&PageNumber=2&sort=&pfidlist=