Several years ago, I bought this lamp for 10 dollars at a vintage shop. The broken, ribbed blue shade wasn’t looking so great, but the base was ace. Now you can have ‘The Sign’ stuck in your head.
I recovered the shade with navy linen and put it in the boys’ updated room and called it done.
And it never gets used. We read bedtime stories in the living room, then brush teeth and tuck the boys in. Essentially, it was a decoration. One that could be used in another room. Our family room is a tough space to light because there aren’t floor outlets so cords are a tripping hazard. The only place to have a plug-in lamp is on the bar.
Oddly enough, I’ve been pining over this lamp from Schoolhouse Electric and recently realized how similar the base is. Even if it is the shorter cousin with more junk in the trunk. Because it’s all about that base, ’bout that base. Oh jeez, I need to take a break from pop radio.
So, I took matters into my own hands and made a few quick changes. A new shade from Target + a stained round wooden base from Hobby Lobby + a little spray paint = Schoolhouse look-alike.
To get the base right, I stained it with Minwax Special Walnut. The bottom of the lamp is open and hollow, so I essentially made a large toggle bolt to hold the wood in place, but not permanently attached. I started by drilling holes in the center of the round and a piece of paint stick. Gluing a nut to the top of the paint stick made up my toggle.
After putting the bolt in and tightening it halfway, I slipped the wood strip inside and cranked the bolt.
Keeping a little pressure against the wood will allow the bolt to snug up.
To give the neck a little spruce, I sprayed it with Rustoleum Dark Walnut paint. Add a new shade and it’s finito.
Not a bad knock off for less than $20, including the price for the base. Adding a wood base and new shade to any gourd lamp could give a similar look.
Now it sheds light on the bar area and adds some height.
Honestly, I’m stupidly excited about the new look. Schoolhouse has some amazing pieces. Sadly, I have a hard time justifying that cost for a lamp.