I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend. Mine was great, and in case you missed it on Friday, I have the next three weeks off!
For the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing details from some of the projects I've done to finish up my living room revamp and by the end of this week or the beginning of next week I'll have pictures of the whole thing.
This first project (finished product pictured above) was so easy and cheap, and it turned out great. I love home-made things that don't look home-made.
I had been looking for a lamp like these since I put my living room mood board together.
The first one is from Pottery Barn and it's $100 and the second on is from West Elm and it's $150. Maybe I wasn't looking in the right places, but in over a month of searching I never came across a (much) less expensive knock-off.
So I decided to make one myself. I've had that glass jug for a few years, I already had a shade I wanted to use and I've seen lamp kits in Lowe's. The last piece of the puzzle was to figure out how to put a hole in the bottom of jug . With only a few minutes of research I learned that I needed a ceramic cutting drill bit. I made a little trip to Lowe's, spent about $18 to get the lamp kit and bit (I got the 5/16" bit), and I was ready to work. If you don't have a Lowe's nearby, the following items are similar and can be found on amazon.
From there all you have to do is follow the directions on the lamp kit packaging. I only had to make one adjustment The stoppers that are included in the kit were all too small for the opening of my jug, so I used a little hot glue to create a seal so the stopper would fit. The hot glue worked great and you can't even tell it's there.
Here's the finished product again:
New money spent:
- drill bit: $8
- lamp kit: $10
Here's what it would cost if all the parts had to be bought new:
- bit and kit: $18
- jug: $10-$15 (The shelves of HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx and Marshall's are littered with glass jug thingies. Mine was $15, but I've seen ones the same size for $10.)
- drum shade: $15 from Wal-Mart's Canopy line
***OOPS!: I forgot to mention that you may need a lamp harp and the prongs depending on the kind of***
shade you have. The harp and prongs aren't included in the lamp kit, but they're also sold at Lowe's.
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Have a great Monday!
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