This is the tale of a lamp. Or a light. A rusty horse light, to be exact. It was made out of reclaimed tin and wired up and shaped like a horse. And it was hidden in the back of a booth at an antique market. Now it is the crowning jewel of my daughter’s room.
I think I jumped over a few people. I know I cut in front of more than a few people to get to the booth operator. I may have cheered and shouted with joy. My friend, Kelly, definitely looked at me like I was crazy. But it had to be mine. I mean, my daughter’s. And I’m so glad I was rude to all those people (and I sincerely apologize).
First I cleaned it up using a scrubby sponge and Barkeepers Friend.
Then I had to add some protective coating to the back side. Something to keep this rusty tin from scraping the wall. I searched through my tool chest and found some weather stripping. You know, the stuff around your exterior doors to keep the cold out and the heat in during winter months. I thought “why not?”. The weather stripping has its own adhesive so it was pretty easy.
Then I wiped the whole thing down, over and over. And I shined it up even more using Rub N Buff, my favorite metallic paint treatment. And now it hangs proudly in my daughters room. I told her that it will bring her good luck for her first horse show in a few weeks. And a farrier at the stable where she rides recently gave her a horseshoe. He told her that it came off of a champion horse. It hangs right above the horse light. My daughter promises to decorate around the light with all her ribbons. I have no doubt about it!