This cute little lamp is my new successful DIY project. It looks like a simple, safe (but funky!) lamp. But what you don’t realize is that this lamp was the product of some creativity and handiwork, not all thanks to me but thanks also to my better half. AND… it’s actually not a working lamp, but rather it’s a vase with a lamp shade on top. Here’s the story:
Back in October, I spent a number of hours in one of my favorite places in LA, H.D. Buttercup. It’s an adult’s Disneyland. Seriously. If you are looking for some design inspiration, just take a walk through their showroom. I dare you to take a quick walk – it won’t happen.
On this serendipitous October visit, H.D. was having one of their clearance sales, and I found the above striped vase for $5 – FIVE DOLLARS. I thought the stripes would breakup the colors in my living room very well, so I snagged one and brought it home. After realizing the vase was too tall to fit in my book shelves, I put it back into its bubble wrap and into its bag, resolved to figure out how to integrate this little piece into the living room.
The same weekend as the vase win, I happened upon a downtown import/export furniture liquidation sale (it was my lucky decor weekend!!). I found a few more pieces, including the silk lamp shade in the photo. In the back of the warehouse, in a small unassuming box, easily ignored, marked “water damage – $12 each,” I saw the beautiful burnt orange silk material sticking out of the top. After picking it up and inspecting it, I saw not one water damage stain/speck/discoloration, and I happily made it my own. I just needed to find a lamp base…
Well after both the vase and the lamp quietly sat in their bags in the corner of the living room for a month and a half, while I was doing my pre-holiday weekend cleaning, I realized I had neglected them. I took them out of their confines, and placed them both on the floor, and realized they actually made a good match together!
Enter the handiest and creative better half. I showed him the ‘glamorgains’ (my nickname for glamorous bargains), and he agreed with my pairing. He noticed that the neck of the vase was extremely narrow, but he started tinkering through the junk drawer and with the tool box. After one trip to the local hardware store and some creativity, we added one dowel that fit perfectly into the vase mouth, and added a metal bracket. The last piece was using the sticky goo that comes in the mail with credit cards stuck to the paper – that would keep the lamp shade in place on the metal bracket.
What do you think? We looked into making this a REAL lamp, but then we risk breaking the porcelain of the vase, and since both pieces were originally for decor, I’m okay with the faux lamp for decor too.
Any great DIY ideas you’d like to share? I LOVE DIY projects, big or small. Keeps the creative juices flowing!!