I owe the creative mastermind of this project completely to Stacey’s tutorial at Not Just a Housewife. A good friend of mine introduced me to Stacey’s blog last fall, and I became hooked. And one of my most favorite projects of hers is this lamp. So if you don’t already follow Not Just a Housewife, please do yourself a favor and take a look. She is fabulous.
Evan built a bookcase for our bonus room this month (tutorial will follow shortly). He used cull wood, which is considered damaged wood, so we had a ton of scrap lumber laying around the garage. I had been wanting to build this lamp, so I was overjoyed, and couldn’t wait to get started! I sorted out the scrap wood by what was still usable and what was not. Then, I turned to my newest love, our miter saw, and started cutting the wood down to various sizes of small squares.
Math and I do not play nicely together, so it was wonderful to be able to saw away without measuring anything! I did, however, make sure to cut one large square so it was approximately a foot in diameter, and limit the other squares to anything “smaller than that.” Yep, I’m being really precise here.
|Let the sanding begin!|
It took us several weeknights and additional episodes of Castle to finish sanding all of the pieces. Our dogs helped by tracking sawdust everywhere. It was a great bonding experience.
We later had an unseasonably warm weekend, so I laid out all of the squares in the garage and stained each side of them with the leftover Rustoleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Cabernet from our kitchen makeover.
|Talk about an arm workout. I felt like Gumby afterward.|
The bottom piece of the lamp got a little different treatment. I drilled a hole in the side of the board as far as it would go, and then drilled another hole to intersect it from the top (seen below). Then, using a $10.00 lamp kit from Lowe’s, I strung the 12′ cord through these holes.
Here comes the most exciting part. I busted out our new brad nailer, compressor, and some wood glue, and started stringing a random piece of wood onto the cord, gluing it down, and then shooting four or five nails into it. I used 1 1/4″ brad nails to make sure that each square would be secure.
I tried my best to use the larger pieces at the base and the smaller squares near the top. I also tried to make the tower as straight as possible just by eyeballing it. There are definitely a few curvy areas, but I think it adds more to its — as Evan calls it — “Seussian” characteristic.
|I know you just love my sweatpants.|
Once it was all constructed, we followed the pretty straightforward directions on the lamp kit to assemble the electrical part of the lamp. I added a little painter’s caulk to the base of the finial to make sure it was sturdy.
Then we carefully carried
the beast the floor lamp inside (it was heavy), added a red lampshade from Lowe’s, and gave it a new home in our living room.
I’m still uncertain on whether or not I’m completely in love with the lamp, but I can’t pass up a great opportunity to make something from scratch! What are your thoughts?