Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My First DIY Lamp!!


 I am SO SO SO SO SO SO SO very excited to show off the first lamp I've ever made!  (Did I mention SO excited?) 

 Okay, so it all started when I was catching up on an episode of "Bones" online.  At the very end of the episode as it was panning out it focused in on this lamp.......and I think my heart literally. stopped. beating. 


I paused it and just sat and stared.  I was in love no, LURVE, as they say.  I had never seen anything like it, had no clue what they were called, but I knew I HAD to have it and that I could make it.   I've always wanted to make my own lamp, but no idea or object had ever inspired me to action.  Until this.

My thinking was, I could easily buy two wooden discs, glue them together, drill a hole, blah blah blah.  I knew I had seen vintage style bulbs around, and I mistakenly thought it would be super easy to find the glass cylinder part.  Not so much.  Everything I thought I had seen in the stores were actually tall vases, with closed bottoms.  I searched and searched and searched, to no avail.  I finally gave up on finding a used/cheap one and decided to search the internet.  In searching, I came across these.

They're called Edison  Lamps.  They cost $96 plus shipping.


In the meantime, during the hunt for the glass cylinder, I found a vintagey style bulb at the Restore for .25, and picked up a lamp kit at Walmart for $5. 


Then one day I came across this candle holder at The Country Porch.
It was only $12.99 and I knew it would work perfectly.  I ordered it and then commenced to biting my nails in excited anticipation.  Today the Fed Ex man brought it to me.  God bless you Fed Ex man!  My plans for the afternoon went right out the window, and as soon as the kids went down for their naps, I got started on it immediately. I couldn't wait one single second longer!

I spray painted the socket with ORB, and while that was drying I sanded down a few spots on the base of the candle holder.  Then I mixed some brown paint and antiquing glaze and brushed over the whole thing, and then wiped most of it off.  It gave the black a nice depth and picked up the sanded spots really well.


Next, I headed out to the garage and got out Hubby's drill.  I made a hole for the socket base to fit down into. 

Then I wired up the socket.  It was a bottle lamp kit and technically it was supposed to be wired out the side of the socket, but that wouldn't have worked with the glass cylinder.  I needed it to come out the bottom.  So I just ran the wire up the middle of the attachment piece and did it that way.  It slid down perfectly into my drilled hole.  And Ta Da!! 

My very own Edison Lamp!




I couldn't get a very good shot of the sanding/antiquing, but I tried.  And do you know how hard it is to photograph a clear glass cylinder?!?  Very hard.  I must've taken about 50 pictures just to get these few.



So...$12.99 plus shipping came to about $18.00, plus $5 for the lamp kit, and .25 for the bulb.  $23.25 versus $96 (plus shipping).  Not too shabby in my book.

Are you as in love with it as I am?  Let me know what you think.  I'd love to hear from you.



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32 comments:

  1. Ooo, so beautiful!!! Clean, simple and at the same time so magical!Great project!I'm your newest follower.
    I followed from DIY by design Swing into Spring Party.
    I'll be happy if you visit and follow my "baby blog" http://bybyskingdom.blogspot.com/

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  2. VERY VERY cool steph! Picking up your excitement just reading this!

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  3. It's awesome, Stephanie! You did a great job. Love it!

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  4. I'm impressed! Isn't that the neatest feeling when your project turns out just like you want it too?!!

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  5. Oh migosh! This is seriously one the coolest projects I've seen in my time in blogland. I cannot believe you made one! And showed us all how lol. I'm a new follower and I would be delighted if you would link this to my VIP party this weekend =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-10.html

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  6. Thanks for linking this up to my VIP party this week =) Cheers! Sommer

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  7. That looks neat! Your newest follower... Hope you can visit me sometime soon!

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  8. Great job! I loved the simplicity of the lamp...

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  9. What a cool lamp! And you made it, wow! A project like this would intimidate me!

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  10. Stephanie-your lamp is too cool! Isn't it amazing how we can "spy" things on tv shows?
    great job girl!
    thanks for linking to catch as catch can (and linking back)

    "catching" you this week!

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  11. I wanted this as soon as i saw it a few weeks ago as well!!! Maybe I will get brave enough to make one myself! Also what is ORB? LOVE it!! Thanks!!

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  12. ORB - Oil Rubbed Bronze. This lamp was a cinch to make, you should go for it!

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  13. I love this lamp,really love this lamp!Give yourself a pat on the back,you deserve it.I'm your newest follower.Stop by and see me.

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  14. Love Love Love this lamp! very clever! Thanks for stopping by my blog I'm so glad to have found yours. ~ Merrilee

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  15. So cute! Way to go on your first go at it. You're one step ahead of me. :)

    Donna

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  16. Great job! I am inspired girlfriend!!

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  17. I am so excited that I found your blog (and over-the-top excited that I found your DIY Edison Lamp)!! I plan on making 2 as I am currently trying to redeco the living room of my 1960's brick ranch to white walls with as much vintage appeal as possible (without buying new furniture, a "hideaway" for the TV, etc) and I cannot wait to browse all of your articles! Great job on the lamp & I look forward to reading what else you've done!!

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  18. Janet@Ozarks Livin'December 03, 2011 8:38 PM

    This is genius. I'm going to keep my eye out for a glass cylinder.

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  19. Another idea to add to my list of great ideas to try out! Adding you to my pinterest board!

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  20. Your lamp is very cool, love it! I have this linked to my lamps & lights post too today, nice job!

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    1. I'll be listing one in my Etsy shop very shortly. The link for the shop is up in my sidebar, click on "The Cozy Old Farmhouse."

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  22. That lamp was the simplest yet coolest lamp I’ve ever seen! Its simplicity is what makes it so adorable! It will surely look good on any table, as well as in any setting or any design. I hope I can make one too.

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  23. You did a phenomenal job on this. It looks great! I've been toying with the idea for the past two weeks, I was thinking something framed of gas pipe but this table top is excellent. I just might have to go this route, at least for version 1.0.

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  24. Hi There! Love the lamp! Can't find the candle holder though through your link to The Country Porch - can you give me a better link or let me know the name of the item so I can search by it? Thanks so much!

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  25. I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS LAMP! I've seen so many diy lamps but none have actually gotten me pumped up like this one did lol! Thanks so much for sharing. I have actually seen some candle holders like this at TARGET so I'm off hopefully I'll get lucky. This will bemy gfirst diy project hopefully it looks as good as yours.

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  26. LOVE THIS LAMP!! I'm gonna try it too. Only hope it turns out as well as yours! I didn't know what ORB was but you've already answered that in the comment above. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  27. What an amazing lamp. So glad you posted this how to lamp. You did a great job.

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  28. Nothing like starting off my day reading and learning about something cool. Your blog post accentuated my breakfast perfectly! Thank you :)

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