I’m continuing with a guest poster once a week for a little while. If you follow me on social media you probably already know that I’m down South in Louisiana with my sister while she goes through some health issues. I hope you enjoy meeting all of these wonderful bloggers I’m sharing with you. Today’s post is from Sarah at Little Red Brick House. She is one of the first blog friends I made and I just love her heart so much!! I wish she lived closer to me in West Virginia but she’s a Texas girl. Check out the DIY lamp she made below. She’s so talented!!
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Hello friends! My name is Sarah and I blog at Little Red Brick House about ways to take charge of your home with creative DIYs and decorating! You may remember me from my last post on how to make a functioning roman shade. I’m so glad to be back here sharing another fun project!
When I saw the inspiration for this project at Target (sorry the inspo lamp is no longer sold, that means you definitely have to build this one!), I knew I had to have it. I liked that it was a twist on the usual tripod lamp. And saving money by DIYing it is another bonus!
DIY Lamp Materials:
- 5 1×2 wood boards, cut to 4 feet long
- 1 1×4 wood board cut to 3 1/2 inches long
- Lamp kit
- Lamp shade
- 1/8 IP threaded metal lamp nipple, 3 inches long
- Wood stain of your choice
- Drill bit
- 1/8 IP nuts and washers
- Staple gun (optional)
- Pocket hole jig
- Pocket hole screws, 1 inch
DIY Lamp How To:
First, cut a 10 degree angle off each end of four 1×2 boards. The angles should be parallel.
Next, using the last 1×2 board, cut an 11 1/2-inch piece and angle each end by 10 degrees. Don’t cut these ones parallel, though. Cut them both angling inwards at the top. Then, cut two 5-inch pieces and angle one end of each piece by 10 degrees. Refer to the photo.
Then, use a pocket hole jig to drill pocket holes into each of the three smaller pieces that were just cut in the last step. Now assemble them in a cross shape.
Screw the cross shaped piece you just made into the long 1×2 boards making sure that the long pieces angle inwards toward each other.
Also, be sure to assemble them to where the pocket holes will be facing the ground so they won’t be seen from above.
Take the 3 1/2-inch 1×4 board piece and place it on top of the vertical 1×4’s. Center the 1×4 boards on each side of the 1×3 piece, and attach them using wood glue and a nail gun.
Now that everything is assembled, you can stain it with your choice of color. I used Minwax Provincial on my lamp.
Using a drill bit, drill a pilot hole in the middle of the 1×3 piece and thread the lamp nipple through. Insert a washer and nut over the top and underside of the 1×3 piece to keep the nipple in place.
Assemble the lamp kit by following the directions on the package. Then, pop your lamp shade on and plug your new lamp in!
I ran the cord down the back of one of the legs and carefully stapled it in place so the cord would be hidden but you could just let it dangle through the middle of your lamp, too.
And that’s it!
I love it so much. It took no time at all to make and it is super inexpensive! I hope you’ll give it a try!