Thursday, March 11, 2010

Do You Remember this Cool Junky Lamp?

This is a post my dear Junk Sista Cassie did a while back. It is such a jaw dropping recycle/repurpose/ trash to treasure...I just HAD to bring it back and show it off!

Just wanted to share with you a lamp I constructed for my 10 year old daughter's room. I was at an auction sale a while back, where an acquaintance won the bid for a box of interesting items, one of which I had my eye on. When I asked if he could part with this particular piece, he generously gave it to me. (Thanks Justin...if you're reading this!) I knew immediately what I wanted to use it for. I'm guessing it was part of some farm machinery, perhaps an auger cover of some sort.

Because I cannot remember to take "before" pics, you'll just have to envision it a slightly rusted silver color. I spray painted it black. I also found a (new) curvy metal plant hanger that got a fresh coat of black paint as well.

I had previously purchased a hanging lamp kit from Lowe's, so I just had to notch out about an inch of metal on one end of the auger where the light kit clipped perfectly into. (gotta love those dremels!) I found velum paper at a craft store, as well as some star shaped the pattern in the paper! I used fishing line to tie the crystals to the bottom end of the auger. With Gorilla super glue, I glued the velum to the inside of the auger, securing it with clothespins until dry.
I still need to make a cord cover with some black fabric or something that coordinates in her nuclear green room, but I love how it turned out...and so does she!

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  1. Cute! I have a somewhat similar project I am showing next week from my daughter's room. Ok girls, you know I love you. And it is out of love I must tell you that your blog is one of the slowest to load. I am not sure if it is the music or the background or what. Because I love ya, I am patient to wait for it, but others may not be. Now, my computer is a dinosaur, so it may not be that way for everyone, but just thought you may want to know.

  2. Ooo. I am loving this and thinking MY 10-year-old would want one of these too!

  3. You women never cease to amaze me! I love the light and am now going to be searching for something similar to do for my 9 year old's bedroom! BTW - I am busy buying lots of rusty stuff on weekends. My husband is really into it too. We are having so much fun making things new (or not . . . just displaying them as is in some cases).

    Also - your blog is loading fine on my computer, but Sneaky Momma Blog has a post on how to check how fast your blog is loading. It is really helpful! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  4. I can't believe you thought of that! I fancy myself a "creative" person, but I never would have come up with something like this. Thanks for linking on my blog! Great job.

  5. Simply stunning! What a great project, so glad you posted the pics of the new lamp. I have a good imagination, so the before pic wasn't necessary, but would have been fun to see! I have a relatively OLD computer, but we boosted it up with another Gig of RAM, so your blog loads just fine for me.

    The Wicker Woman®-Cathryn Peters


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