Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Knock it Off! A Pottery Barn Hack

A couple of weeks ago I spotted this lamp at the YMCA thriftstore
dangerous cord and flaky brass accents!
I thought that it looked a lot like one of these lamps:

Both pictures from potterybarn.com

I bought the lamp for $5.00! I brought it home and took it apart. I didn't want the brass rod inside, the base was pretty rough and the cord looked old and out of code. I thought that rewiring the lamp would be a lot tricker than it was. I am no expert but it wasn't hard to do. I did all of it by myself but Josh did strip the wires for me.  I found this great tutorial video from Howcast.com . I am a visual learner so this really helped. Plus all of the parts that I bought to rewire the lamp had instructions on how to rewire a lighting fixture.
 So after the techincal stuff was out of the way, I got to playing with the lamp. I painted the base a dark bronze along with the hardware that goes near the socket. I went around the house trying to find things to fill up the lamp.
This thing is huge! It will hold a 4 creamers and still look empty
cork collection?

Faux fern? I thought it might look too old lady-ish. I wasn't into it.

I ended up deciding with Josh's help that the corks were the best option. I can remove the base later on if I want to change out the items I stuff in there.

Do you have any ideas for things in put in here? Josh already said no to seashells!

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  1. Hi Janae, Love the jars and lamps, they are so pretty looking. Thanks for stopping by and I'm your newest follower. Have a great day.

  2. Wow, this is great! Thanks for stopping by Cross My Hooks!

    I've seen another lamp like this floating around some blogs, its made from turning a clear glass vase upside down and using a lamp kit. I really like the clear glass lamp decor.

    Good job!

  3. My vote is for corks and that you fill it all the way up. But who am I to tell you what to do? :)

  4. I like the corks alot. If you don't like them you could try acorns or small christmas ornaments in just one color (like silver or maybe blue). What about dark gray pebbles? Target sells a container of rocks. I have filled a bunch of mason jars and still have half of it left.


  5. OH, I wish I could find a lamp like that at the thrift store! How beautiful. Great choice!

  6. That's fabulous! Nice job on the rewiring too.

  7. Love that lamp! I think the corks look nice. Some pretty gems or stones would look cool too. I have always been afraid to try to rewire a lamp but I may have to try that tutorial you mentioned! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Love it! You are very clever to think of doing this with your lamp find. ~ Sarah

  9. What a great job you did on the lamp project! Love it! I am a visual learner too and am thrill there are so many how-to videos out there!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my place and leaving your comment! Nice to meet you!

    Kindly, ldh

  10. Love it! I will be featuring you tonight!
    Bonnie :)

  11. Came over from KO Decor. What a find!!!! I love the corks! It needs more though. Se, that's just an excuse to drink wine!

  12. Great idea! Love that you could change it out if you want. I need to find me a lamp like that.

  13. I found the exact lamp at my local Goodwill, but it was FULL of seashells! I was thinking of turning mine into DIY mercury glass, but now I may try and fill it with something to see how it looks.


  14. I think a great filler could be seaglass or just random shards of colored glass. At walmart you can buy a full bag of crafting glazed seaglass or glass marbles for less than $8. Usually they are in the same isle with the fake flowers. If you wanted, you could put a layer of sand in the bottom and then the glass on top, but I don't really like sand much. I live in Florida-- EVERYONE has sand/shelly deco here. Smoothed pebbles, coins, fake cherry blossom branches, christmas light strands, potpourri, ornate doorknobs, keys, buttons (would take way toooooo many to accomplish), even small light bulbs might look interesting. I look forward to seeing if you spice it up later on!