Laundry Room Lamp

August 9th, 2011 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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Two flea market finds are partnered with new wiring to create a power cord with a cool vintage look.


Bakelite plug
Bakelite pull with spring

As a little gift I’m throwing in an old detergent sample found at an estate sale. I can’t believe it’s in such great shape and full of soap considering how fragile it is.

 

“all” lit up and ready to brighten even your toughest loads.

Antique, galvanized clothes washing plunger with the perfect chippy red handle.

Patented May 27th 1884...thats what it says.

With a hole snipped out of the bottom and a few modifications this 1950’s “all” bucket becomes a lampshade. It originally held 25 lbs of detergent.
Its the little details.

I know it’s slightly crazy but the vintage clothespins add to the overall theme.
This is one of two pieces my friends ordered for their new room. The second creation required me to run a machine I’ve NEVER used before. So stay tuned for a piece with graphics right out of the 1950’s. It definitely belongs in a laundry room but you’ll never guess what it is.

The obvious choice for a finial.
CONCEPT SKETCH

Two flea market finds are partnered with new wiring to create a power cord with a cool vintage look.


Bakelite plug
Bakelite pull with spring

As a little gift I’m throwing in an old detergent sample found at an estate sale. I can’t believe it’s in such great shape and full of soap considering how fragile it is.

 

Two flea market finds are partnered with new wiring to create a power cord with a cool vintage look.

  • Bakelite plug
  • Bakelite pull with spring

As a little gift I’m throwing in an old detergent sample found at an estate sale. I can’t believe it’s in such great shape and full of soap considering how fragile it is.

 

Photo: Jim Healy (copyright 2011)

I was asked to create a laundry themed lamp to compliment a friend’s renovated laundry room. The new room is amazing with high-tech appliances and white ceramic tile EVERYWHERE. A few vintage details are being added to offset the sleekness, one being my latest lamp.

Note: The photos were shot in my crusty basement on a 1980’s Maytag.

Check out an earlier “all” bucket project with the link below.

http://www.junkmarketstyle.com/item/8938/feeling-all-right-coffee-table

 


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy - JUNK ARCHITECT (copyright 2011)
posted in: blog, member junk, vintage, metal, wood, cottage, eclectic, industrial, funky, whimsical, retro, light fixture, wire, red, lamp, silver-metallic, blue, yellow, paint, clothespins, jim healy, junk architect, laundry

Comments (10)

inodymndrof writes: Hello i'm new to here....
Glad to see you all ! Posted: 10:13 pm on August 10th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: JIM,
Another great lamp.What a great idea.You have great imagination WOW.God Bless Robert. Posted: 7:19 am on August 10th
alicemom writes: Jim,
Again you did an amazing job. I would love to learn how to wire...but I think I will leave it to the professionals. Just love it.
Smiles, Alice Posted: 4:31 pm on August 9th
chippingcharm writes: So very, VERY cool Jim...love all the added details :) Laurel Posted: 1:21 pm on August 9th
georgiamoon writes: Oooh, I can just see that sleek white laundry room with that bright spot of color in there! It will be amazing. I love the base of your lamp it is such an unusual shape. The clothespins on that fantastic cord are just he right touch too....great job and I am sure your friends will be very pleased. Georgia Posted: 1:18 pm on August 9th
wlseitz writes: I love the ingenuity to collect and combine different objects in the same "family". Great graphics on the bucket! Posted: 11:08 am on August 9th
CottageElements writes: Jim, another amazing lamp....you could open up a lighting store with all your fabulous creations!

Lani Posted: 9:50 am on August 9th
JunkArchitect writes: Thanks Sheri and Donna!

Donna you should have fear of electricity...you could die!

I worked for a licensed electrician while in college and was on my way to obtaining my license too. I always wanted to be an architect and never had any intention of truly pursuing the electrician gig. I spent the time learning as much as possible about electricity/wiring/etc. and it paid off.

Jim
Posted: 9:17 am on August 9th
AtticusFinch writes: In true Jim "creative/talented" fashion it looks fabulous.
Can you imagine the clogs that plunger has "unclogged"?

Oh I see some old yardsticks in the background too. Another project waiting on the work table/washing machine.

Your friends will be delighted to have a "Junk Architect" original.

Good job as usual.
Sheri
Posted: 8:22 am on August 9th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes:

That little light of yours offers quite the amazing graphical punch! Coolest thing ever. But you really took it over the top with that amazing cord. I think I need to rethink this fear of wiring and electricity and get with the Jim Program here!

Donna Posted: 8:13 am on August 9th
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