Remember when I showed you this owl lamp I got out of a dumpster in North Carolina?
In that post I was thinking of spray painting it ivory and finding a new shade for it. I had reservations, though. I thought it might look a lot less interesting all one color. I wasn't sure what to do with the eyes, either. I asked for your thoughts. Click back there to refresh yourself. Opinions ranged from "Yes! love it! paint it!" to "If you paint it you change the species!" and my favorite, "Put it outside, in a sturdy tree."
I pondered these things in my heart. I was a little daunted by the rewiring so I let it rest down there for a while. Then I was at Pottery Barn with my mother last week and they had a redorkulous sale on lampshades. this huge linen drum shade was sitting there for $11. Marked down from $59. Good enough that I broke my streak of not having bought anything for myself or the house since Jan 1. It wasn't the solid color shade I'd been envisioning, but I thought it might make the as-is version of the lamp work. Yesterday I brought the owls upstairs, dusted them off, and gave them new wiring. Then I put the shade on and sat them in the dining room. Go ahead and tell me what you think.
Now, I had planned to put it on top of Hank's chest of drawers. The problem is that when he walked around the corner and saw it, he said, "AAHH!" Then, a while later, he saw it again and said, "AAHH!" Laura hadn't heard any of that, and when she came home, I said, "Laura, come in the dining room and look at my lamp." She walked in and said, "AAHH!" I don't think it is really so scary, I mean, look at those sweet faces. I think it is startling in its largeness. The picture with Hank gives you some idea.
So I don't know. Part of me is curious about what it would look like painted. But it's kind of growing on me as it is. You know what? If I had a buffet or sideboard in my dining room, I would put it on top and leave it in there. Doesn't it look happy in that room? Have I lost my mind?