Sunday, March 6, 2011

1950's Blonde End Tables and Lamps



A couple new additions.

I had to think hard, really hard about whether or not I could *use* these end tables. I just got a set with a matching table a few months ago...



But I have never seen a set that had a triple tier! The price was right, I was the only bidder... So... Fingers crossed they arrive as described and they will be mine.







I'm not 100% crazy about these lamps, but I discovered that little bedside lamps were too small in the master bedroom on those end tables.

When I put a full sized lamp on one of them? Perfect. So I wanted to get a tall set that did NOT have a double tier shade like I like (the end tables are so close to the wall, the big drum shades prevent them from sitting on the table!), so these were both tall enough, had the right matching shades, and pink and blue are the colors for the master bedroom.

So rather than wait and wait and wait for the "perfect" pair of pink lamps, or a match to a single I have, and the "right" shades, I went ahead and bought these.

That is, assuming the seller honors the "shipping is free if you use the Buy It Now feature" and sends me an adjusted invoice ;)



Happy Sunday one and all!


I finished painting the shelves, dresser and mirror frame in bedroom #1. Finally! Now trying to "fit" things on the shelves in there without making it look too crazy busy. Will show the before and after pics, but believe me, it won't look like much.


Hope all my blog friends are doing well!
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39 comments:

  1. Oh yay, must be so great to be seeing soma major progress now, with a good bit of your painting done (I think?) and more furniture that matches. well done you!

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  2. Sorry Ranchie, 'Sue' is now also me, Kitty, sometimes! ...too many id's and logins and passwords these days!

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  3. Oh hey, hiya Kitty lol...

    Still have much to paint I'm afraid.

    The hallway is next, I have the paint. Then the master bedroom (which is why I had to move the shelves into bedroom #1), then the kitchen.

    Then the floors all need to be done, the two bathrooms need to be redone, the kitchen appliances put in, the cabinets sanded and revarnished........

    Lots to do!

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  4. oooh I love those end tables AND the lamps, so much stuff in US that won't ship to UK it breaks my heart but I guess at least it doesn't break my bank balance!

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  5. Oh I'll bet the pix will be great! Love those tables. I haven't seen the triples either!

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  6. These tables are beautiful. They look in mint condition too! Love the style.

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  7. Im loving those tables and and those lamps what a gorgeous lamp base colour. Look forward to seeing your before and after pictures on your furniture, have a lovely week, dee x

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  8. Cute, cute, cute! I love the three-tiered tables, and I think the lamps are great! I can't wait to see your before and after pics!

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  9. The 3 tiered tables are the best - what a find. The lamps are cool too - echoing the excitement to see the before and afters.

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  10. Cool and very different from what I've seen before!! I'm sure it will look great:)

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  11. Just found your blog and love it! I have a 50s blonde bedroom suite (the bed, I happen to be laying in now...)that looks like would match your end tables perfectly! Love that vintage stuff!

    www.lianathehousewife.blogspot.com

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  12. Hiya Liana, I wish I had your blonde headboard! My bed needs it! lol... =)

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  13. I've died and woke up in my parents living room :)

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  14. LOL DeanO, you crack me up!!

    You do realize, I'm trying to recreate the childhood I never had by doing this, right? Ha ha.

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  15. Those tables are absolutely gorgeous and the lamps are very lovely also, I adore the color of them. If I had seen one of those in a store around here I would have snapped it up super fast!!

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  16. Those tables are awesome, I love them.

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  17. Amazing finds!! I've never seen a triple-tier table before either so I imagine they must be pretty rare. I actually love those lamps, aqua is my favorite colour.

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  18. Those tables are great! And the lamps are way better than anything available here in the UK.

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  19. I could not pass these up! Do I *need* them? Not really, but, I *had* to have them! =)

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  20. I definitely see why you couldn't resist those tables. They're fab!

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  21. I have seen 3-tiered tables like this before because I used to have some, but made them two tone with black on the sides and left the legs, supports and table tops blonde. These almost looks like they have been painted in a solid blonde color without any wood grain.

    I'm with you, Dawn...those lamps really don't send me, so to speak, though they do definitely look like they are from the 50's era. On my nightstands, I have sputnik wrought iron bases with fiberglass cylinder shades...just like the ones you see in the bedroom scenes of I Love Lucy.

    I've already started on my blog, but it's still pretty greek to me, and I need to take some better pics of my place before posting them. I'll do that tonight, if possible.

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  22. You always find the best stuff! MY parents' bedroom was all heavy semi-dark wood, chenille bedspreads and white hobnail Colonial-style lamps. That was middle-class style for our clan. Well-made stuff though--my sister still has the gigantic dresser with the Colonial-style hardware. It was all real wood back then.

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  23. starduster: I'm your first follower!

    Blogging is easy, I mean, so many people do it, I do it, so figuring out the basics is easy enough. It was a year before I realized you can upload all your photos TO blogger rather than use an image host, so even I had to figure stuff out!

    The down side to eBay buying is sometimes there is a "surprise" factor. The other end tables I bought turned out to have real wood frames and a sort of faux formica wood grain style top on thm. So sometimes you can't tell until you get them. I hope these are "real" wood regardless.

    I have not heard from the lamp seller with the invoice yet, so we shall see if I actually get them. I think they will look good in the space they are intended for (I hope!)

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  24. Christine: Mom proudly bought this huge vintage wood dining table and 5 chairs back in the 70's... In that awful (imo) dark, Colonial Revial wood.

    It's in the living room still because it's too big and heavy to move myself, but as proud as she was of it, I simply cannot love Colonial Revival!

    It will go in the art Studio where I can happily use it for my art/craft/sewing table. I hope. There's "stuff" growing in my Studio, all the other furniture and stuff I had to put in there while I do stuff in the house, so there is no room for that table now.

    Sigh, I wish I had 6 strong guys to come and get a bunch of this work done for me ha ha!

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  25. Dawn...I hope those tables painted one solid color, as they appear. It they are, they can be restored to original white oak by dismantling the tables, removing the paint and sanding down the table surfaces. Then putting on white oak (rift) veneer on the tops and sides. Then, do the blonde finish, seal and reassemble. There you have it...brand new 1950's tables. I would even go as far as making the legs come out at angles for a more atomic look.

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  26. I think these are original blonde wood (painted) tables, which I am cool with! =) We used to have a pair in the master bedroom, so of course I had to get another set.

    Hey looks like you have a blog, now all you need to do is make some posts!!

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  27. Dawn...wow, I some major typos in that last post. I guess I need to stop typing by computer screen light only. LOL!

    What I was trying to say that it looked like they were painted a solid blonde color (no formica or real wood grain). Just blonde paint. I've never seen solid-painted end tables before, unless they had been painted over later, but if you are happy with them, that's all that matters. :)

    Yeah, I have the blog ready, just getting some pics taken and trying to make it look as fancy as yours. ;) How did you make that logo on top?

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  28. lol I'm the queen of typos, don't worry about it.

    I'll have to see what these tables are actually like when I get them to know for sure what's going on with them. Most times you have to be able to see them in person to know what they really look like and are made of.

    I made the logo at the top of my blog using Photoshop. But if you look at other folks blogs, every person has a different way of displaying a logo or photo or whatever. I wouldn't worry about the logo, I changed mine after about a year to this one. get your posts rolling in, add photos to your posts and the rest will fall into place! =)

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  29. Ok, Dawn...I think I managed to get my first blog done, but it's not appearing on my home page. So the Home page is blank, but this is what I have on another page, so far.

    http://livinthe50slife.blogspot.com/p/suddenly-its-1956.html

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  30. Holy 1950's!!!

    Your house is AH-MAZ-ING!!!!!!

    Looks like you posted it on a "page" rather than the body of the blog itself. "Pages" are available so you can tell more about yourself, like a profile.

    Go to your blog, look up at the very top, right side, where it says:

    "New Post". Click on that.

    Now, repost that same stuff in a new post, and it will show on your blog.

    Gee, I hope my place looks half as good as yours when I am done!!!!!

    Jealous, I am jealous!

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  31. Thanks, Dawn. I made the switch now from a page post to a regular post. Little by little I'm learning this stuff. I have Photoshop to, but do I know how to use it? LOL!

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  32. I posted over at your brand new blog. Gee I am SOOOO impressed!!

    As for photoshop, wellll, I spent 5 years watching my brother use it, 11 years playing with it myself, so I hope you were joking when you said you don't know how to use it, because I'm still learning lol...

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  33. Yeah, I saw the post...thanks! How do I get other like-minded people to see it too?

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  34. Just keep blogging, and people will find you!

    That's what we all do. =)

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  35. I like these, they look amazing! Have you decided what to do with them yet? Also, are your two lamps German ones? They look like it - lovely things too!

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  36. Way cool stuff...I am a vintage picker in Roseburg, Oregon. I have two similar pieces to your table and lamp in my collection.

    Will be keeping an eye on your blog.

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  37. Well, I had a long comment which got wiped out.
    Very cool stuff...I am a vintage picker in Roseburg, Oregon.
    I have similar pieces to your table and lamp!

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