ol’ peg leg

I have been wanting to brighten up this neutral corner of our living room for sometime now.  I do love the lantern lamp and just about all of the accessories but not together.  The proportion of the lamp was just wrong and all of that brown was killing me.


Then this man walked into my life…

vintage ship captain lamp

and everything was suddenly right in this corner.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

For those of you who follow me on instagram, you know that I fell in love with the peg leg ship captain lamp last weekend.  I spotted him last Friday at the most amazing hoarder sale that I’ve ever been to.  It was completely overwhelming.  So overwhelming that I left on Friday without ol’ Peg Leg.

I was so discontent knowing I left him behind.  I lost sleep over it that night.  The next morning I got up first thing and headed back to the sale thinking my treasure would be long gone.  I was so anxious to find out that I backed into a neighbor’s car pulling out of the driveway.

True story.

I can’t even believe I just admitted to hitting a parked car on the internet.  The mayhem was totally worth it though because when I returned to the sale, the ship captain was still there waiting for me.  All was right in the world!

I took him home with me and let the transformation begin in this little corner.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

I had been imagining the little oak side table in Mustard Seed Yellow milk paint for quite a while.  The captain influenced me to finally make the change.  He seems to have that power on me.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

Two coats of milk paint, a topcoat of MMS wax and a good buffing and here’s how the table turned out.  Her curves pop against all of the neutrals.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp (12 of 21)

I’ve been planning to inject more yellow into this space to brighten up all of the browns, blues & greens.  In fact, I think I’m over the blue accent wall but that is a project for another day.  So I pulled some accessories I already had and I’m happy with the results.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

Ol’ Peg Leg’s lamp shade is new from Target’s Threshold collection.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

I moved the books to the lower shelf which I gave a dry coat of Eulalie’s Sky, a new milk paint color.  You can barely see the blue but it goes with the books I think.  I also filled this glass apothecary jar of my Grandmother’s with shells for that shelf.

milk paint table makeover & shells

We picked up this brass ship wheel barometer thingy on our honeymoon.  I have no idea how to use but I sure do love it.  Form over function, here.

antque brass barometer

We’ve had the vintage cage turned coffee table for a few years but the hooked rag rug below it is new.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

After doing a bunch of research on making a rag rug, I found one at Crate & Barrel and registered for it.  My friends got it for me for my shower!  I just love that it is made from recycled fabrics and I’m sure I could have never made one like it.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

What do you think?  Have you hit any good hoarder sales lately?

Linking to Miss Mustard Seed

got a light

The final day of August is here. Labor day weekend is upon us here in the states! Yay!

Throughout the summer I’ve collected some great vintage lamps. All of which needed some updating to make them new again. Fortunately for me, Ryan rewired them as needed. And I selected modern shades. Can you tell I like a good drum shade? Our house is starting to look like a lighting store as a result.

Let’s take a look at these vintage beauties, shall we?

This midcentury lamp base is a little Jane Jetson meets Betty Draper, don’t ya think?

I love that there is a pair with such great detailing!

I’ve covered so many different eras in this little collection.  Check out this art deco painted glass lamp…ignore the crooked shade.  I love the chippy, green painted base.  When this one came to me, it was just a lamp base.  No wiring or anything.  I’m glad to see her back in action as a lamp.

This cut glass lamp reminds me of a crystal ball.  Perhaps I can see my future in it.  What do you think of the choice to pair it with a linen angular shade?  I thought the shapes were nice contrasts to one another.

And probably my favorite of the group, although a tough choice, is this alabaster lamp.  I have always wanted to be the type of dealer that has an alabaster lamp in stock.  I think alabaster lamps are so sleek and timeless.  I was so happy to find this one!  The color of the shade matches the dark accent in the marble just perfectly.

I guess I can remove the cellophane from the shades now, huh?  So which is your favorite?  Am I little too excited about some updated lamps?

“I love lamp.”  Name that movie.