The Making of a Lamp

I have been craving these adorable lamps from the Z Gallerie for about a year now but couldn’t bring myself to pay the $170 price tag-ouch! Recently I found a very similar product at Target for about $30 and was giddy with excitement.

The morning I was due to purchase the lamps, I took a look at the current family room lamps from Ikea and was hit with a brain bolt!

What if I unscrew the tall base and made it shorter? What if I added spheres to the base? Since it would cost me nothing to try, I went to work.

Digging in the closet I found 8 christmas balls, grabbed the drill and wire cutters and for the next 20 minutes drilled holes in the balls as Plato watched. Two broken balls and numerous trial and errors on cutting procedures later, I was finished.

FYI: The best cutting method is to mark the balls first with the pole to determine how big you need the hole to be. Drill a hole on each side, then use wire clippers to cut out the circle of plastic. I alternated the shiny silver and matte silver balls on the stand and it looked better than I could have imagined.

I added a DIY drum shade (made from textured scrapbook paper, a wooden embroidery hoop, and floral wire) and whoola, a very adult like lamp for less than $5 and about an hour of labor. To say that I’m in love with the new lamps is an understatement. I spend many a minute happily staring at them and feeling all grown up, then dancing giddily across the room with the cat.

I did purchase those crystal lamps from Target as well, but they will have a home in the master bedroom.


November 10, 2009. Tags: , . DIY, Home Decor, Uncategorized.

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