10.06.2010

my bright idea

***Disclaimer: Sorry for the blurry pictures taken with my droid.*** 
Ok so I am finally posting my lamp-scapade. If you remember from this post, I was on the hunt for a beautiful, inexpensive glass lamp for our master bedroom. Unfortunately after scouring every Teej, HomeGoods and Target in the southeast I was left with no such luck. On an adventure with my mom to my favorite, At Home in Homewood, I found these.


I'm pretty sure my mom thought I was nuts when I broke out my phone and started to giggle hysterically. A lamp kit plus an upside down vase equals my new masterpiece. At $250 a pop, I'm not sure if I was more excited about saving around $200 on my version or the fact that I finally have new perfect lamps. 


I snagged the glass vases from Ikea for $19.99, lamp kits from Walmart for $4, and burlap lamp shades from At Home for $25. I could have saved more on the lamp shades but I just fell in love with these. Next was some gorilla glue and patience. I mounted each kit to the top of the upside down vase. Both lamps still need finials. And it didn't stop there. 


Next was a new lamp for the office. I recently found a end table for $35 at TJ Maxx that was a little shorter than the one on the other side of the couch. I really wanted a lamp that was tall enough to somewhat match the height of the other lamp. While and Ikea I found an amazing bright yellow glass vase but it was too short to make a lamp. Solution: buy two and gorilla glue together. Using the same process as my bedroom lamps I ended up with this.
2 glass vases from Ikea $8, lamp kit $4, and lampshade from Target on sale for $10. I love this lamp! Not bad for $30 bucks. 


One more. This week I found another awesome vase at TJ and of course was dying to make it into another lamp for the kitchen.

$7 for vase, $4 for lamp kit, and $12 for lampshade. I'm thinking about adding some fun fabric to the lampshade its too blah for its funky shaped base. 


So there ya go, 4 new fun and modern lamps simply using vases.


Stick around for my fun and cheap fall mantle. 

39 comments:

Melissa said...

Oh my word! I want 10! Those are amazing. Thanks SO much for linking up to Tuesday Tell All.

Mary @ RoomPolish said...

all I needed to read was "teej, home goods and target" and I knew you were a girl I needed to be following! Love your finds. Especially that first lamp with the clear glass base...

Staci J said...

What a huge savings!!! I LOVE your style too:)
I'd love for you to come by and check out the fun giveaway going on this week:)
http://justsewsassy.com/2010/10/04/tuesday-tutorial-halloween-ribbon-ornaments-giveaway/

Lauren @ 31diy said...

Wow! You really went to town with this project. And I am so glad you did! Your lamps look fabulous, and you saved tons of money! I am so impressed with your ingenuity. I simply must try this idea out. When I do, I will of course credit you. :)Thanks for sharing.

I am following now. Can't wait to see your other projects!

Lauren
http://31diy.blogspot.com

Modern Country Style said...

These are brilliant. I've been wanting to do something like this for a while and now I'm going to get on and do it!! Thank you. ;-)

I'm really impressed with the different looks you got from the same original idea.Some are classic,some are funky. Well done you!

amyd said...

truly brilliant - I love when I see others so inspired!
amy of four corners design

Diane said...

Lovvve your lamps. What a great idea. Great savings as well Ü

Melissa Dark said...

Wow! I am so impressed and inspired! I plan on making a vase lamp for every room in my house now that I know how inexpensive and easy it is. I've always wanted to use a lamp kit, but have been to scared.
This is just the boost of courage I needed.
Thanks,
Melissa

Life in Rehab said...

If I say your vision was "brilliant" and your tutorial was "illuminating," are you going to hit me?

Seriously, your ideas were inspiring, great job!

Erin said...

Wow!! Those are all fantastic!! Great job!

Meg said...

This is awesome! I love the lamps you made. Brilliant! I'd love for you to join my link party going on now! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

Teri said...

Your lamps are very cool!!

Lisa said...

Wow! What a cool idea! I love it!

I also love "Teej"...we shop at the same places!

VIRG @ WASTE NOT WANT KNOT said...

Very cool lamp idea! Thanks!

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

SUPER creative!!! Thanks a bunch for sharing on Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

Alisa said...

seriously creative girl!! love it!

Olivia @ Swan White Curtain said...

What a great idea! I have been wanting some clear lamps for the bedroom!

sydney @ memorable minutes said...

oh wow, that yellow vase with the black and white stripe shade is so cool. thanks for sharing this idea.

Amanda said...

I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :)

Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/3-unique-lamp-ideas/

If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
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Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Your lamps look amazing! You are so clever to think of using vases. I love how inexpensive they are too!

{ The Painted Home } said...

I l o v e th e s e l a m p s! -denise

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Amazing what you can do with a little imagination, great job!
(Oh, and I love your blog name, too)

UrbanCottageDecor.blogspot.com said...

How fun. I just bought a lamp similair to this with the open bottom and everything from the Goodwill for $14.99. That's not even including the price of the shade. This is a great idea. And clear glass lamps are so hot right now too!

Alison said...

Very cute! I would never have thought of gorilla glue to make that kind of lamp. Well done.

I am now a follower from the Weekly Wrap Up.

Blessings,

Alison
Stuff and Nonsense

Tina@SignificantHarmony said...

I stumbled onto your blog from Fingerprints on the Fridge and wanted to say hi and LOVE your lamp redo!

adrienne said...

Love the lamps! You inspired me. I just picked up a $6 vase at TJMaxx (it was heavier than the dollar store version) and a lamp kit at Wal-Mart, which was $7 here! But I had a shade and I can't wait to get started. I was also thinking I could fill the vase with something, like fall pumpkins, or anything really. I love it plain as well. Thanks again!

Eliana said...

LOL. seriously. you are hilarious... As i am reading your post, I feel like i am reading something I wrote. I got a little obsessed buying about 5 or 6 lamps that needed rehab recently. AND i only live in 900 sq feet. who knows what I will do with all those lamps. looking forward to more posts from you!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Well, I do believe you've seen the light. Lamp light, that is. They all look great, and I know you must be quite giddy over your wonderful creations.

Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to having you join me each week.

By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

jennifer said...

That is so stinkin' clever! I love your vase lamps!!!!

Robin said...

Those lamps are just adorable! LOVE THEM!

Green Door Girl said...

GREAT project, now I want to go find some vases and lamp kits! I just love the one you found at TJ! I found you on Alabama Bloggers post of the week - looking forward to reading your blog - would love if you check mine out - greendoordesigns.blogspot.com!

Jennifer

Nick @ Cupboards said...

Very smart! Loved the first one the most- saving 200 bucks makes it all the more good-looking.

Thanks for sharing!

Rachel said...

Those are adorable - what a fun idea!! I love the yellow one, too!

Remodelaholic said...

We love this party link and I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it. We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors.
www.remodelaholic.com

cassie @ hi sugarplum! said...

pure. genius.

Holly said...

Loving this idea! I have never tried this kind of a project but I want to...I love those lamps. I am tickled pink! You should also check out the diy club - we have monthly parties and you need to use sponsor products...and gorilla glue is one of them..oh yeah the prize package is $1500!

Rob said...

At the risk of seeming really ignorant, can you detail how you're cleanly boring holes in the bottom of those vases? And with the really slender ones, how're you reaching in there to secure the nut to fasten the fixture?

AprilDenise said...

I love this idea. I have created a $5.00 lamp from your inspiraion!! ThankS!

Take a look!!

http://addesigns.weebly.com/1/category/table%20lamp/1.html

DANA said...

That's great! I would love for you to come link this up at my Strut Your Stuff Party, and enter the giveaway as well!
http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-link-party-and.html

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