I was helping a client re-decorate a guest bedroom with a double bed and I’d told her to check local thrift stores for a large end table I could saw down the middle to make two matching nightstands — one of my favourite tricks. I’d also told her to look for two matching lamps — didn’t matter what they looked like, because I was going to paint those suckers and stick new shades on them.
But when I was poking around her home for a different project, I realized she didn’t need to buy anything. Sitting in her basement was an old green end table. Would it work? Absolutely!
In another room, there were two mismatched lamps waiting to be donated. There was nothing remotely similar about them — one was five inches taller than the other, one was brass and the other had silver accents (and ugly painted sunflowers), and the silhouettes weren’t even somewhat of a match.
I studied the lamps carefully, lifting the shorter lamp up so the finials lined up. True, they looked nothing alike, but if I could find a way to build up the base of the shorter lamp . . . hmmm.