Thrifty Find for Guest Room and Cleaning Soiled Shades

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

There we were my daughter and I, spending a nice afternoon together and strolling through a quaint second hand shop with no intent on making any purchases.  We were talking and laughing while gazing at the goodies all around us.  We do this often and most of the time we don't spend a dime.  Well, this day was different.

As I rounded the corner my eyes were drawn to a pair of lamps with hand painted pink and green flowers and then I was drawn to the dangling sales tag where "$19 each" was boldly written.
$19 each!?

So I looked a little closer.
The lamp bases were old and a little worn but the hand painted flowers were beautiful and in pristine condition!  And then I noticed the white shades.  They were badly soiled with little dark spots splattered all around.

I asked the shop owner if she had a suggestion for cleaning the shades and she recommended using a magic eraser, but that didn't work.  So I got some hydrogen peroxide and Q-tips to give that a try...

Some of the spots went away quickly and others took a bit more work.
I would dampen the spot, let it sit for a bit; dampen the spot again while also giving it a little rub.
It worked like a charm!

To be honest, I wasn't sure where I was going to use the lamps.  I just knew at $19 each it was too good of a deal to pass by.  And guess what?  They look great in the downstairs guest bedroom and go perfectly with the window treatments; meant to be!

Sometimes you find the best things when you aren't even looking and I have found this to be true more often than not; if you really like something and the price is great...bring it home!
You'll find the perfect spot for it.

Hop on over for AMAZE ME MONDAY!

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  1. Thanks for the tip.☺ we bought some vintage lamps complete with shades and one has spots on them. I will try the magic eraser , and if that doesn't work, the peroxide.
    Beautiful room. Luv your lamps . I am a fool for vintage .

  2. Oh my word, they are gorgeous and the cleaning tip is amazing.

  3. Your room is simply gorgeous!!! The window treatments and the lamps look like you planned it. Very pretty.

  4. Cindy, those are the sweetest lamps and a steal at $19 each.,.thanks for the tip for cleaning a soiled shade! Wishing you a wonder-filled week!

  5. So beautiful 😍 Great job!! One of my favorite rooms in your 🏑 home!! πŸ’•πŸƒπŸŒΈπŸƒ Shelly πŸƒ

  6. The peroxide really did the trick. Thanks for the tip.

  7. Those lamps are beautiful and fit the room perfectly. I will remember the cleaning tip.

  8. I think these lamps look just perfect in your classic home. And what a deal! I'm glad you were able to clean up the shades. :)


  9. Love the lamps, Cindy. What a great deal!

  10. What a find. My daughter swears by peroxide and has used it to get blood and everything else out. Those lamps were the perfect finishing touch for that room. Sometimes you just 'know' that you should get something. Had you walked away you would have thought about them later and regretted not buying them! Love them! xo Diana

  11. Great tip! Love your lamps. Have a great week, Cindy!

  12. What a couple of sweet lamps! Great job!

  13. Wow! These are just beautiful! Love how they look in your guest room, and it's good to know what will clean the shades. You found yourself 2 great treasures!!


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