Monday, March 26, 2012

Can't Find The Perfect Lamp? Use A Vase!

I came across this design on Pinterest last week, and when clicking over to see the resource I was taken to Houzz, where someone suggested this lamp might have been made from a 1940's vase. What a fantastic idea, if you can't find just the right lamp, how about looking for a vase and put your DIY skills to work! (Or find a great lamp shop to work with like Naomi's here in Portland.)


Design by Emily Ruddo

A designer to be featured in the upcoming issue of House of Fifty did just such a project. When a pair of fantastically (expensive) vintage Italian lamps were spied on 1stdibs, perfect for a project but not the budget, the look was replicated on a budget by finding look-alike vases.


Cassity from Remodelaholic turned a glass vase she had on hand into a lamp when her search for a "glass bottle" lamp came up empty. The result is not only great but she makes it look easy!

{vase before}

{the supplies}

 {vase after...a lamp}
And all types of vases can work, ones with larger openings. I found a helpful tutorial at Southern Living showing how to turn these type of vases into lamps.


"Following the instructions on the box of plaster of Paris, mix enough to fill about one-fourth the depth of your pot. The plaster dries quickly, so be ready to pour immediately after mixing. Center the pipe, socket side up, (yes, that would be smart!) inside the pot."

How about that? I never knew...


I want to try this project! Have you?

18 comments :

  1. I haven't tried this project yet, but it's been on my to do list for a while. I have to find the perfect vase first. It's a great idea.

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  2. I want to try it too!
    Thanks,
    Debbie

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  3. Brilliant! And what beautiful examples... (I have also used beautiful wicker items as bases) I will bookmark this one for future reference. Thanks for sharing and have a great day! xoxo Jalon

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  4. Ohhh....I gotta try! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. I made a lamp out of a glass jug like Cassity. I used a cork in the opening to support the socket. But I could never keep it sitting level. I probably should have glued it down. I also was scared to drill a hole in it for the cord. I ended up leaving the cord hang outside of the glass jug. I never was really happy with how it turned out so now the glass jug is now sitting on my kitchen table with some "real" Forsythia branches in it.

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  6. Oh how fun, aren't there some fabulous vessels out there for lamp making? My mom had turned some ginger jars that her father had given her years ago into lamps for her bedroom and I always loved that idea. I really think it makes it more special :)

    Happy Monday!

    Bethany
    www.PowellBrowerHome.com

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  7. OMG! What a fabulous idea! Love that first vase...well, all of them are amazing actually! :) I've shared your post on my blog Facebook page...HAD to share this great idea!
    Your newest follower,
    Virginia
    www.livelovediy.com

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  8. I love this idea. Will have to try it out ASAP. I have a bunch of vases that I used for my wedding that need something done with them.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a wonderful design idea,
    and those images prove it ♥

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  10. I too wonder if I could like a lamp with the corn running down the side from the top.

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  11. oops... "corD" not "corN"...I know I would not like corn running down the side

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  12. This is genius! I just bought a cream McCoy vase from a thrift store and was wondering if it could be turned into a lamp--thanks for the helpful links, Janell!

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  13. FYI, the project doesn't have to be done with a cord running down the side of the vase, if you drill a hole in the base at the lower edge. Also off to find the perfect vase or two! Janell

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  14. Janell I love this idea. I used it a long time ago, but the references are great. I have to admit that I am very frustrated in looking for lamps in general because I have been looking for 150 watt lamps and some of the ones I like do not come that way. Why do I want the wattage. Unfortunately as we age we need alot more light to read, so while I want to replace some lighting this is a necessity. I will admit that I was thinking about this idea for this reason.

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  15. What a great tutorial! I've got the perfect vase to transform into the perfect lamp. Lovely!

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  16. Love, love, love this project, but I have one concern. What about the top of the pot? Does the lamp rod just shoot up through with no cover? I think I'd want the opening covered somehow, especially if you can look into the pot and see plaster holding it all together. What are you thoughts on that? Are you going to cover it, or leave it open? Just wondering.

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  17. I think Sarah Richardson did this on one of her Sarah's house episodes. I thought it was really clever at the time but had forgotten about it. I'm glad you mentioned it because it really is a brilliant idea.

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  18. Just pinned this - this is one project I would like to try. Thanks for sharing!

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