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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Watering Can Lamp

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Estate sales have the best 
unusual finds, 
things you cannot just walk 
into a store and buy. 


Of course, 
you may have to work on your latest estate find 
to get it to look like it belongs to you 
instead of the person whose estate was sold. 



The only things left from the way this 
watering can lamp 
 looked when I bought it at an estate sale 
are the lampshade and the plaid silk and raffia ribbons. 
Some day the lampshade will be replaced, 
when I find just the one that says, 
"watering can lamp" 
and that goes with the new 
brass leaf finial. 
The leaf finial came from Lowes a few years ago 
when the store discontinued a line of decorative finials. 
I bought a few of the heavily discounted finials that 
were on the display board for the line. 



No before photos...
Of a yellow can filled with 
artificial plastic greenery. 
Envision faux ivy... 



After removing all of the greenery, 
the little watering can lamp got a coat of pink paint, 
followed by scattered sponged darker shades of coral 
to add some depth to the color. 



Fabric and paper flowers and leaves replaced the plastic greenery. 



The marvelous plaid silk ribbon with its soft green wired edge 
determined the colors of the new fabric and paper faux flowers. 
How I wish I had yards and yards of that ribbon. 
Sigh...
The natural colored raffia adds just the right touch of 
whimsy to make the large bow interesting. 



When I found the large peach and cream paper flower 
with its ruffled edges tinged with purple, 
I bought all the shop had...two full blown and one bud flower. 
A full blown one is the star of the watering can bouquet, 
and the other two often appear on the stone shelf in the kitchen. 



Fabric peachy cream hydrangeas and variegated coral zinnias 
spill out of the watering can much like their natural 
counterparts do in real flower arrangements. 



The watering can lamp has been in an upstairs guest bedroom, 
but is now traveling around the house looking for a new location. 
A likely landing spot is in my loft office area. 
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9 comments:

Maria Elena said...

Gorgeous idea! The lamp looks beautiful! Enjoy your day. Maria

Art and Sand said...

Pretty in Pink!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Judith! That was one of the things I liked about going to estate sales ~ you never knew what treasure you might find. This is really cute. I think it would look great on a covered porch or sunroom, too. Love it pink!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh I like the watering can lamp
and it's pink makes it more appealing to me and the shabby chic bunch of us LOL
I would love to happen upon a great sale this weekend

Susan Newbigging said...

You did a beautiful transformation on your watering can. I love the flowers you chose and that bow was just the right touch. I am your newest follower.

Dana Bishop said...

Gosh, Judith, you made a good thing great. I love all of your embellishments. I think the finial is the crowning touch, in more ways than one. You and your sister share a love of blooming things, and I can picture the lamp in your space. I never, ever would have had your creative vision.

Lois Arnold said...

Very feminine and pretty! You just have to love those estate sale finds!

Jaybird said...

Your watering can lamp is absolutely stunning!! I love the flowers and ribbons and the artistry of placement....you are a pro!!
In the event you would be traveling on I45 through Corsicana, there is a Trimmings outlet there...it is huge and loaded with beautiful things including the lovely ribbons and flowers that you like to use.
https://www.trimmingsinc.com/
Blessings to you,
J

Jaybird said...

Your watering can lamp is absolutely stunning!! I love the flowers and ribbons and the artistry of placement....you are a pro!!
In the event you would be traveling on I45 through Corsicana, there is a Trimmings outlet there...it is huge and loaded with beautiful things including the lovely ribbons and flowers that you like to use.
https://www.trimmingsinc.com/
Blessings to you,
J