August 13, 2012

5 Restored Railway Safety Lamp

 Ages ago I teased you with this auction find of mine that needed a good makeover: 
an actual railway safety lamp!
I love Restoration Hardware, but can only dream of affording what they display.  
One item I lust for regularly are their industrial lamps
so I was determined to make this railway lantern my own!!

 I wore this sexy getup while I scraped, scraped, steel-woolled, and scraped the old paint off. I then scrubbed the whole thing down, rinsed out the inside a few times, and put it aside.

 I bought some rust-prevention metal paint in black and bright red, and I started with the black. Two coats later I had the legs done and the lid.
I put the whole thing aside again. 
I then did a coat of the red paint, but it was thin. I set the whole thing aside again.
*While part of the "setting aside" was laziness, it was also the weather. This summer has been crazy rainy and I needed a good-weather, not windy day to work on this!

 Since my time to finish up projects is quickly drawing to a close, I knew I needed to finish the lamp. 
I slathered on a second coat of the red, and touched up the black- and I love it!

 There were so many layers of paint originally that it was hard to distinguish which parts should be which color, and I couldn't find anything just like it online, so I went with my gut.


 The lid says the same thing, just with a different patent number.

I'm really excited about it. After a few days (to be sure the paint is completely dry) I'm going to try a candle in it to see how it shines through!

Have you made or restored anything inspired by a catalog-dream? 
Link to it in the comments!

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  1. This is really cool. Interested to see how it works with the candle!

  2. This is the coolest thing EVER.

    I am jealous of your ability to restore things... as I would probably look at it and think "ohhh, that piece of junk!" hahaha.

  3. Just found your blog. I'm an American expat living in southeast England & I'm married to a Yorkshireman!I love what you've done with this lamp. Very cool. I have a sideboard/vanity table that needs to be revamped. I'm thinking of going with Annie Sloan paint but dread actually having to do the work. You've inspired me though!

  4. This is awesome. I would never have the vision or the motivation to do this. You should be very proud!


    I know that is just one giant mess of errors, but that is the best way I could write what was going on in my head. I love this!


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