As I mentioned in a post days ago, I purchased some rockin’ lamps for our new nightstands. I was waiting ever so patiently for their arrival (checking the tracking numbers over and over again). So, shouldn’t be surprising, I was super underwhelmed. I don’t even think that UNDERWHELMED is an appropriate description. I built up these lamps in my mind as the perfect solution to our lighting/nightstand dilemma. I should have known, buying things online, that they aren’t guaranteed. I went with the measurements provided, thinking that they really only meant that the base would be 15 inches tall. Boy was I wrong. Though the lamps are BEAUTIFUL, they are 15 inches tall total, including the shades. And man oh man, did they look silly on the nightstands next to the monster sized bed.
I thought that if I got different, more substantial shades, we could get away with the tiny lamps. Then, I bought the wrong shades. The shades I got required a harp, these lamps don’t have harps. So I thought I could take apart the lamps, add the necessary harp holder, and put the lamp back together. Well these lamps didn’t have the requisite screws to TAKE apart the lamps. So I’ve scrapped these as nightstand lamps entirely.
Now, I know you’re asking yourself, “Ashley, why didn’t you just send them back?” Not to mention the fact that it’s a pain in my patootie, I would end up paying more to ship them back and return them, so I’d rather keep them and cut my losses. So I’ve changed my tune a bit. I took the one of lamps and put it in my new office. You can see it positioned on my desk in my previous post. The other is on S’s dresser as a small side lamp. I’m guessing this is where they will stay for the time being. I took back an old lamp that used to be in a guest room, put the larger shade with the harp on it, and it looks pretty good. I’ll update with a picture later, if I can get myself to do it!
I really wanted a glass lamp for the side tables, instead of a chrome lamp, but for right now it will do. We have a TJ Maxx opening locally, and I haven’t checked some of my favorite haunts to see if I can find another option. We’ll just have to see what cheap lamp options come my way.
So what’s the moral of this story friends? Don’t buy lamps online, no matter how cute or cheap they are (or if you have gift cards for the website)!