Make an old lamp new
Found Brass-tone floor lamp with shade in Logan Square, on Schubert Avenue between California Avenue and Rockwell Street, on Friday, March 20 at 11:15am.
The process After sponging the lamp clean with soap and water, I sprayed it black for a simple and modern silhouette. The old shade was too dingy to salvage, so I replaced it with one covered in plain, white parchment from a hotel clearance store. It came to life when I covered it with a sheet of blue and green printed paper. I cut the 19-by-26-inch sheet of paper in half, lengthwise, to fit around the shade. Then I ran a bead of archival glue around the shade’s top and bottom and wrapped and smoothed the paper over it. Four CFL light bulbs were screwed into the sockets to complete the lamp’s makeover.
The materials Lamp shade ($10) from Cooper Used Hotel Furniture (1929 S Halsted St, 312-226-2299). Sheet of Japanese paper ($10) at Paper Source (232 W Chicago Ave, 312-337-0798). Rust-Oleum semigloss black spray paint ($4) and pack of 14-watt CFL bulbs ($9) from Home Depot (locations around the city). Total cost: $33.
—Collected and salvaged by Diana Durkes (finedivingchicago.com).