Welcome back to Lamp Week here on my blog. And, Happy Valentine’s Day!
See the books beside the lamp pictured above? I included a little red there for “heart day”. Did that just for you. 🙂
After viewing wicker lamps on Pottery Barn’s website and a rattan lamp at Lamps Plus, I was challenged to create a similar look. Pottery Barn price at $299 is completely out of the question for me. Turns out, I had an existing lamp needing an update.
You are going to be amazed at where we started. I could have glued jute twine around this lamp. Instead, I used what I had on hand – ’cause that’s what I do, y’all.
Sorry to shock you with such a stark white lamp taken to complete darkness. My version of twine – raw cording. I use this cotton cord to cover with fabric for pillows and window treatment embellishments. Had yards and yards of it. Not any more!
I’d seen a large roll of jute twine on the clearance shelf at a Wal-Mart Super Center two weeks ago. Just one. With no price in sight, I didn’t buy it. At the time, I had no idea what I’d do with it.
The very next day (of course!) I spotted a wicker lamp knock-off that was made by wrapping jute twine around the lamp. Should have bought that twine roll!
Out here in The Land of Making Do, we don’t make trips to a Super Center every day, ’cause the closest one is 25 miles away. After waiting a week for a list of excuses to return to the same Wal-Mart, I made a B-line for the clearance shelf.
Gone! Murphy’s Law, y’all! (Who is Murphy, anyway?)
After a little whining, I resorted to cord-winding.
I had a mummy! Horrified! Almost removed it all for plan B with this lamp. Do you ever have such impulses? Do you ever get scared like that in the middle of a project?
Thought I’d never get to the “look” I wanted. (More whining. Waiting. Decisions.)
At this point, I had nothing to lose. Why not paint it as planned? Just to see. Just because. Just for fun.
One brown coat of craft paint. (Should have bought the speckled spray paint at Wal-Mart, too!)
One blotting of copper high-lights.
One final blotting of black, just lightly skimmed here and there, then blended diagonally across the lamp base. (To avoid a striped look.)
Liking it better, I visited the garage for some adornment materials and tools.
Don’t know what this metal strapping is called, but I used it when I formed a 15′ long brick step off the back porch onto the patio. Yes, add bricklayer to my resume, but I’m not applying for any more of those jobs!
The holes in the metal strip reminded me of the Pottery Barn lamp’s imbellishments.
The groove there was a perfect spot to nest this little strip. Base complete!
Now, time for the lampshade.
The need for a dark lamp base was due to finding and purchasing a $2 fabric remnant to use for a shade, and I wanted it to coordinate. Also, the Lamps Plus rattan was dark brown. Isn’t it nice to have an example?
And it needed to match but slightly contrast. A lighter base would have been too matchy, which I try to avoid. Always!
To cover your own lampshade, visit Fabric-Covered Lampshade Tutorial.
As it turns out, I couldn’t post a picture of either source, Lamps Plus or Pottery Barn, because mine is a combo of the two.
Think I’ll call it…King Tut.
See you tomorrow for the final lamp post of my Lamp Week. For today, I pray you have a Valentine’s Day full of love and special-ness!
Here are the links to every lamp reno we’ve done this week: