So I’ve been going nuts with decor items, etc. for my new place. I am so totally obsessed with mid-century antiquing that it’s a little scary. BUT, I’ve been able to score some AMAZING things. Most of them needed a bit of work, but that’s the BEST PART!
Arc Lamp Redux
Ok, first. Remember my arc lamp? It’s still everything that I hoped it would be, but I was becoming disillusioned with the drop shade. It has this little crack in it, and I didn’t like the white amateur plastic-y look to it, and there were small holes for this filter part that was missing and every time I looked at the light I saw the holes… did I mention I’m anal and I become obsessed with things until they are corrected?
Yeah, so I spent about 3 weeks obsessively looking for a replacement shade. FYI – it is almost impossible to find replacement shades for arc lamps that aren’t:
- Sold separately from an actual lamp, making them expensive, and therefore, stupid;
- So heavy that my arc lamp would droop to the ground like a flaccid wiener; or
- Have an opening big enough for the light socket so that I don’t have to re-wire the whole friggen lamp.
After an arduous search, I thought that I would have to buy a whole light from West Elm, and just chuck everything but the shade. BUT THEN… because I’m such a good internetter, I found a smoked acrylic globe shade on craigs. I AM SO GOOD AT EVERYTHING.
Only problem was that the hole at the top of the shade was about the size of my pinky and I needed it to be about the girth of… well… you know… a light socket. So I had to buy a file, and FILE DOWN THE INSIDE OF THE HOLE for about 90 minutes to make it big enough.
But, because I am obsessive and always get what I want, it worked! Now I have a super-cool smoked 70′s shade! I also bought one of those half-mirror light bulbs to reflect the glare of the light. SO COOL AND INDUSTRIAL. I am the best.
Bathroom Towel Holder Thingie
My bathroom has all this brand new wainscotting (or however you spell it), and I needed a hand towel rack, but didn’t want to ruin the wainscotttininigng. So I decided to be brilliant.
So I mounted that shit onto the side of that shit.
Now I have a little multi-use dresser-towel-holder multi-purpose thing!!!!!!
Teak Mid-Century Chair Re-Upholstery
I LOVE TEAK. If I could live in a house made entirely of teak, mid-century furniture, I would die of orgasmic happiness.
Which is why I almost died of orgasmic happiness when I managed to score this teak armchair off craigs for about one third the price I saw it at an antique store last month.
I mean, HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THIS THING? The sappy, golden colour of the wood, the old tension strapping, the curved arms, the low, low, lowie nature of the seat? SIGH!
Only problem is it needed new cushions. PROJECT!
Since I was putting it in my office with my new neon chevron painting, I wanted something really loud and bright. I tried Designer Fabrics on Queen first, but then I realized that I wasn’t a millionaire, so I went to a discount fabric place and found some siiiiiick hot pink upholstery fabric, and managed to score some upholstery foam down the street.
First step – cut the foam to size…
Then cut the upholstery, leaving a 1/2 inch per side for seams… THEN SEW THAT SHIT.
Turn it inside out, stuff in the foam, and do an invisible stitch to close up the pillow, and it’ all BEAUTIFUL and perfect:
I haven’t decided if I’m going to do the back cushion, because I even like the look of the slatted teak in the back, but she already looks gorgeous with her bum pillow in place…
Incidentally, Molly was NOT happy that I was sewing my cushion all night and she couldn’t sleep on my lap. She gave me the “zombie-face”, which is basically when she’s so tired that she stands really close to you (like, centimeters from your face) and looks at you intensely until you let her sleep on your lap. It’s pretty awesome.
Speaking of Molly and mid-century decor items, I recently picked up a shag rug for the office, and I discovered that she is totally and completely obsessed with shag. She had a gross snort-party on it and rubbed herself on it for about 45 minutes. She’s a little mid-century slut, just like me.