I was smitten by a wise old ceramic owl last fall while shopping at Ties to the Past – a fun and quirky antique consignment store on Camp Bowie Blvd in the Fort. I bought the owl for less than $5 and brought it back to Ashland. It was used in a Halloween tablescape as well as it sat on our mantle during the fall before it was stowed in the storage closet with all the other cast offs for another time or season. I found it a month or so ago and decided to repurpose it into a lamp. Great idea, right? RM raised his right eyebrow when I mentioned it as we trolled the aisles at Lowe’s. Most likely because he would need to get involved. I purchased a spray can of white, high gloss paint and a light kit while he searched for that perfect eye bolt to go along with all the other eye bolts he has in his shop out back. If you ever need a part, shop first at the House of Marshall.
I first painted the brown owl with a high gloss white paint – it took several coats. RM drilled a hole in the top and the bottom to accommodate the light kit. I tried three times to assemble the kit, each time making a critical error, which then required removing all the parts and starting over again. With the help from a YouTube video and RM’s prior experience wrestling with one, I was successful with assembling the light kit into the owl after only four attempts. At times, it was like open heart surgery with more lighting brought in and magnifying glass in hand. When did I lose my ability to read any kind of small print?
Above is a link to one YouTube video that you may find helpful if you elect to try to convert a found object into a lamp of your own. Add a light bulb and lamp shade and voila! Wish it was that simple!