Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sight Light, new chair , and finished throw

The beautiful weather has had us work on all kinds of projects , and this lamp has been on my list for awhile. I purchased it at an estate sale for $8, and it had been poorly painted white at some point and the cord was very old and cracked. So, I set out to remove the white paint, having no idea how beautiful it was going to turn out. There is a lot of different metals going on with this lamp. There is brushed aluminum, copper , I'm not sure what the heavy base is made of and one of the interior rings is painted a flat black. This lamp cast a beautiful glow and will be a great light to knit by. I also switched out the cracked electrical cord for a new black cloth covered cord. It took be a couple of hours to rewire this lamp, when I originally thought it would take 10 min. tops. But I am happy with the outcome. (I love using paint stripper)




(this is before I started working on the lamp)





This is the new lamp, next to my new craigslist chair buy. I'm sure all of you locals had seen this listed for a couple of weeks. I was interested, but not for the asking price, so after it was relisted for the second time, I called the seller and asked her bottom dollar, and was able to purchase the chair for half of the asking price.( It never hurts to ask.) I love the chair, made by Westnofa, the leather is on the worn side, but all buttons are in tact, the leather is free of rips or cracks, and it is very comfortable!
















And last but not least, it finished knitting my wool throw. I am in love with the texture of this piece, the color, and feel. It took a little longer than I was expecting, but only because sometimes I don't take into consideration the two children I have to take care of, instead of spending all evening knitting like I would like to. The throw goes well with the new chair and lamp, now now I have a great corner to sit an knit and read, If only I had the time.










17 comments:

  1. Love all your new things. Your Wheeler Sightlight turned out beautifully, and your throw is great!

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    1. Thanks Dana, you're always so sweet to leave wonderful comments! I saw your post on the sightlight, and always think you do so a great job informing the public on mid century design.

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  2. I am so jealous. I was just about to pull the trigger on that westnofa chair! Good snatch. Everything looks great and I love that thick wool yarn!

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  3. oh, btw, where do you get your black cloth covered cord? I have ordered a green with a touch of yellow cloth covered cord but its not affordable enough.

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  4. Hey, I'm glad you waited on the chair, I LOVE IT! I was surprised it lasted so long on the List. The cord I buy at Kalb Electric on Bigbend @ Manchester. He carries a few different colors nothing too exciting, but the basics are there, and its $1.50 a foot. You can also buy there a great plug that just snaps on the end of your cord to plug into the wall. He carries a gold cloth cord that I think I'm going to try fabric paint on to get some bright colors, but I have to say the cloth cords are the way to go, so much better than seeing a plastic cord laying across the floor.

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    1. Ha! It did require driving out to Eureka, but that's my old stomping grounds,and where my parents still live.

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  6. Great find! I'd been watching that chair for quite a while, but couldn't get myself to pay asking price for it and didn't think they'd negotiate THAT much. You got yourself a steal there. It's in much better condition that the description and pictures indicated as well.

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    1. Yes, it is. I'm glad I called about it, she made it seem pretty rough, but said just come out and take a look, so glad I did!I cleaned and conditioned the leather as soon as I got home, and that helped a lot also. I saw you interested in purchasing a cowhide, I check about my Elite membership, and see if there is a way you can use it. I was told also ordering from the Kansas City store and having it delivered is easy, and that way I wouldn't have to even deal with the lady here, or I was told I could call ahead to make sure she isn't working, which I thought was funny!

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    2. Cool! Thanks much Hannah. I'm gonna stop by every once in a while and see if they have a real tri-color exotic in stock (rather than the brindles that they frequently mis-label as exotics) and have them set it aside if I can find one. Would it be OK to message you at that point to put an order in and then I'll go pick it up?

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  7. Hey Nick, they have black/white and brown/white high quality cowhide rugs at RothChilds antique shop in the central west end. Of course they aren't dirt cheap, I think around $200, but they are really nice and local. Just a FYI.

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    1. Never been to Rothchilds. I'll have to go check them out. Thanks Phillip!

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  8. Love that lamp! It turned out fantastic. I can't believe someone painted over that in the first place. Your throw looks very cozy!

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  9. Did you knit that in the pattern in the pinterest link (from your last post) or did you knit it different?

    I love the chair. And the lamp. And the throw!

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  10. Thank you! I was going to knit 2 purl 2 which is how the throw on pintrest was knitted, but in the end I decided to just use the garter stitch, since my needles were so large and I also was working with two balls of yarn to bring in a color that was slightly different. Since I'm a new knitter I was trying to keep the project simple, and I have only just learned to purl.

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