I'm not really a crazy lamp freak.
Truly, I'm not.
And, as you've rightly guessed, I'm doing it again right now.
But it's not like I'm obsessed with lamps or anything.
I might however, have a
unhealthy slight obsession with Pottery Barn.
Their Clift Glass Table Lamp has not helped my obsession one little bit, I might add!
I wanted to hide it under my arm the last time I visited our local Pottery Barn (180 miles away).
But... it would've cost me $280 (on sale) to stop the police from chasing me as I bolted out the door!
So I fell back on my old stand-by...
Make My Own
I showed you my pretty glass jug and the Faux Cork I made for it in this post HERE.
Well now I'm gonna show you why I needed that faux cork.
Here's How I Did It
For starters, I disassembled an old bedside lamp to use for parts. If you don't have a lamp to tear up, you can buy a lamp kit that'll work just as nicely.
We did discover that the old lamps metal rod was a bit too long for our purposes.
But Mr. Concrete, as usual, had the perfect solution.
Yes, that's a Concrete saw to cut a tiny little metal rod.
There's no such thing as over-kill at this house!
And here's the rest of the steps...
Cool off the metal you just super heated with an over-the-top, but very effective saw.
Carefully drill a hole in your faux cork to house the metal rod that supports your light. This is why I needed that faux cork. If I was using a lamp kit, it would've come with bottle adapters to sit in the opening. Well I didn't use one, and even if I had the adapters would've been way to small for my bottle. The faux cork was the exact size I needed and looked much better than what comes in the kit.
Thread your wire through the cork and the metal rod. We chose not to drill a hole in the glass bottle (it was the last one, so risking it breaking wasn't an option) so we drilled a second hole in the side of the cork to thread the wire up and over the side of the bottle opening.
Rewire the lamp and screw it onto the metal rod base. This is where we discovered that a faux styrofoam cork is problematic for this project. The styrofoam doesn't hold the metal rod very securely and lets everything wobble around. To remedy this, I used good ol' Gorilla Glue to stabilize things. Worked like a charm! (If I did this again, I might use a wooden table leg like THIS as a base for my cork instead of styrofoam. Live and learn.)
And that's it.
I bought a burlap shade from Lowes and my lamp was complete.
I love it!
Maybe even more than the Pottery Barn lamp.
And BONUS, I didn't have to get arrested OR part with $280 to get it!
Here's what I did part with:
Michael's Glass Bottle $24
Supplies for Faux Cork $4
Lamp Kit Parts $0
Lowes Burlap Lamp Shade $25
If you're doing the math, that's a $227 savings.
Now I KNOW I love it more than Pottery Barn's!
Holly was the lucky winner of my Ramsign Giveaway a few months back.
She's posted pics on her blog of how she's using her new sign, and I think it looks fantastic!
Check it out HERE!
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