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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pottery Barn Knock Off Lamp Tutorial

This post is brought to you by my mom who has been tackling many renovation projects by redoing various rooms in their home. This is one project she is very proud of.

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. 


After painting, I distressed with sandpaper.


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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3 comments:

  1. I love the whole project - now you have a UNIQUE and gorgeous looking lamp!!! I'm jealous :) Visiting from Making the World Cuter.

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