Seaside Stories Under a Seaside Lamp
by Sharon McKinley
I’m always on the hunt for great bargains at Goodwill and anyone that does reclaimed projects knows that Goodwill is just full of great bargains. I try to go in not really looking for anything in particular because that is when I usually see something I can reclaim. On this trip, I saw this lamp sitting in the lamp section. Don’t be afraid to plug in lamps and any other electrical items to make sure they work – and yes, I keep an extra light bulb in my car – just in case. I debated and debated whether to get it or not but, I figured I could always do something with it.
I can usually find good lamps to reclaim at my Goodwill store but a lot of times though the lampshades are in a sad state, but the reclaimed gods were smiling down on me that day because on the next shelf was a beautiful tan linen lampshade in pristine condition. I knew it was meant to be!
After cleaning the lamp with a degreaser, b/c let’s be honest not everyone is as OCD as I am about cleaning – especially things I get at Goodwill, I sprayed the lamp with basic white spray paint I had left over from another project. I looked through my stencils and once again, fell in love with the anchor – so an anchor it was!
I stenciled on the anchor, which took only a few seconds, and had leftover heavy rope from another project – have I said lately that I’m in love with this look? I wrapped the jute around the top of the lamp, added the lampshade and there you go–
a great anchor lamp for any seaside cottage. Can anyone guess that I really want to move seaside!