Last year I came across this blog about making a floor lamp similar to one from Pottery Barn. It's not in their current catalog so it may be discontinued. The PB lamp was $150 but it was perfect for our study. I originally planned to make my copycat lamp like the one from the blog.
I started looking for a table lamp with a wooden base. Then I was going to buy a mailbox post for the bottom part. I found my first lamp in Goodwill for $6. I also bought a smaller one for $4. A few days later I found another lamp at GW for $6 and a fourth one at a thrift store for $4. The last one was a rectangular shape and would be perfect for the bottom of the floor lamp, so I scrapped the idea of using a mailbox post and decided to just stack all the lamps to make my lamp. The first thing I did was take all the lamps apart.
I only used the wooden parts (some of the bases were that "plasticky" brass). One lamp was painted white and the other three were stained various shades of brown. I sanded all the lamps and a couple of extra small blocks of wood I needed to get the height I needed . Then the hubby and I went to Lowe's to get a long metal cord rod, extra cord, and a new lamp socket kit. Since all the parts came from existing lamps, they already had holes drilled down the center. I used wood glue to put the pieces together, and then hubby added the rod and other hardware. Then I stained everything a dark brown. The stain I used was Minwax Provencal. I knew I wanted to distress the lamp after painting it and I wanted the same brown color to show through.
After the stain dried, I painted the lamp a pale ecru color. I used a mixture of white and tan craft paint.
I added a lampshade from Walmart and VOILA, I had my "pottery barn" floor lamp for less than $50! I love the finished product and it's perfect in the room.
So how PB-ish is that lamp?! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! If you have questions/comments leave 'em and I'll get my mom to help answer. Hopefully I can feature more of her renovations soon.
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