A few weeks ago, I found a little white lamp with a wobbly top. With my hopeful outlook, I figured fixing that little wobble would be a piece of cake. After fiddling around with it a bit on my own, I turned to the internet for some inspiration and possibly some direction. The repair sounded simple enough, but would require taking the lamp a bit more apart than it already was. Not wanted to make a decision on the fate of this poor little FREE lamp, I figured I’d sleep on it (for a month or so). Now, something I’ve yet to mention is that the very moment I acquired the lamp, my friend inquired, “Are you going to paint it?”. At that point, I had absolutely zero intention in making this an even bigger project that it already seemed. So, of course, my answer was, “no”. Fast forward to today, after much hemming and hawing, I’ve come to the conclusion, that this lamp will be much more of a statement piece if it has some color to it. Currently, I’m thinking orange. I stopped by the local lighting store…which just happens to have a sign in a window advertising, “lamp repair”. During my errands this afternoon, I brought my lamp along, in anticipation for a stop at the lighting store. The person working at the counter was incredibly helpful and tried to tighten the loose part right then and there. To no avail, as the nut inside the lamp was just spinning and spinning. I inquired as to how much it would cost to complete this (seemingly simple) repair. $30.00 was quoted in response to my question. Well, for my lamp to go from FREE to $30.00 in one foul swoop was a bit too much for me to handle. Needless to say, I passed on that option. However, the stop at the lighting store was not a waste of time. I was able to gather information on what tool would be needed to tighten the nut AND that the felt (on the bottom) would ultimately need to be removed and replaced. Genius, I know. With this knowledge now occupying space in my mind, I set right to work removing the felt AND loosening the nut. That’s right, you read correctly, I (with assistance) loosened the nut…hence the reason why the whole top is flopping around. You may be asking yourself, “Why on earth?”. Well, the way I see it, it’ll be a whole lot easier for me to paint in disjointed pieces. At least, that’s what I’m thinking. That being said, things have a way of becoming more challenging before they become easier.
I suppose we’ll see.