Thursday, October 18, 2012

I'm Seeing Green-- Vase to Lamp Makeover!

Has anyone else been drooling over these green glass lamps from Pottery Barn?

Unfortunately, $170 is (slightly) out of my budget for a lamp. (Hey, it's still cheaper than this $230 one from Layla Grace!)

So last week, when I spotted this ginormous green seeded glass vase at Goodwill, I knew I could turn it into just the lamp I wanted! The only problem was the price: I've NEVER paid $19.99 for anything at Goodwill in my life! I walked away-- reluctantly. 

I drooled over it every time I went in the store, though, and finally this week when payday arrived, I promised myself that if it was still there, I'd get it. (After all, it met my most important criteria for a large purchase: not being able to get it out of my head!)

And it was! *cue jumping up and down and clapping* (Though I did have to do some searching-- it was tucked away under a bottom shelf in another section! (I think someone else wanted it, too) ;)

It was time for a vase-to-lamp transformation!

1) Vase, plus...

...2) "cork" (actually a log swiped from our woodpile, that fit the opening perfectly-- which I then cut down to about 4" long), plus...

...3) lamp kit (mine actually came from my old lamp junkyard collection-- if you don't have one of those, lamp kits are only a few bucks at your local hardware store) ;) equals...

... TADA! One gorgeous designer-knock-off lamp!

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I had picked the shade up at a garage sale, but it has several cracks in the plastic lining that show up when the light is on. :( Solution: cover it with sisal rope! Unfortunately, I had already hot-glued several rows of rope around the shade, when I realized I was going to run out of rope before it was completely covered. So I just stopped with a border... then I realized that I kind of like it that way ;)

Now I need you to help me decide whether I should leave it with the rope border, or go ahead and buy more and finish covering the whole shade ;) (like this one)

One of the parts that I really love about this lamp is the battery-operated twig lights that came inside the vase! (So the base lights up, too!)

Shh... don't tell my husband, but I think I'm in love! ;)

So have you ever transformed a vase-- or any object-- into a lamp? Or made over a lamp shade? Let me know!

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  1. WOW! This looks great! Thanks for sharing. I need a lamp like this. Next DIY? Possibly.


  2. It was meant for you to have it. So glad it was there when you went back for it.

  3. I do the same thing with "big ticket" items at the thrift store. Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my PB knock off lamp. Great minds do think alike! We both had makeshift corks and tore up old lamps for parts. Love it!! Great job by the way, it's so nice getting something we love for way less than expensive store prices!

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage


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