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Sunday, September 15, 2013

DIY Tripod Lamp and Dining Room Update

About one year ago I saw a surveyor's tripod for sale on craigslist and thought about buying it to convert to a lamp.  I just never got around to it but always wished I had.  Last weekend I decided to take the hubby to an antique store and tucked away in the corner was a tripod! This time I didn't hesitate and I snatched it up!
I really didn't take any pictures of the process 'cause there wasn't much to it.  I bought a light kit from Home Depot, put it together and slapped it on the tripod!
I haven't done this yet, but I'm going to add a washer so the lamp kit will tighten to the tripod.  It will be right underneath the opening of the tripod.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to add a shade, so I bought a kit that would allow me that option.  On a whim, the hubby wanted to see what it would look like with the shade attachment, but no shade.  We both loved it!
The only thing I didn't love was the brand new looking brass.  To age the brass some I applied Gold Leaf Rub-n-Buff and Patina.  That helped age it some.
I am smitten with the feet on this tripod!
The wood is so old and beautifully aged!
I used an Edison bulb since I chose not to use a shade.  I love the warm light it provides!
You can see the light from each wire inside!
Now, here's a sneak peek at my dining room progress!  I'm finally starting to figure out what I want to do in each room, and I decided to start with the dining room this weekend.  All I did was paint an accent wall with chalkboard paint, but it has such an impact!  It is a more true black in person; for some reason it shows up more charcoal in the photos.
There will be a lot of changes in this room, but ya gotta start somewhere!!
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  1. Love your lamp! Would love it if you came by and share it at One More Time Events...

  2. that is AWESOME! and i just am in love with your style!

  3. This is so cool. I want to make one. Or make my husband make one. :P

  4. Oh my gosh! This is so freaking cool. I just saw some surveyor's lamps for sale on craigslist and I wanted to buy them and never did and regretted it and YAY this is so much coolor :)

    1. Thanks!! I saw a surveyor's tripod for sale last year and regretted not buying it - so happy I found another one! Keep looking girl, I bet you'll find one!

  5. Really nice ... I have everything I need to do this ... now I am inspired to
    'get-it-done'. Love the feet on yours ... hope mine has that kind of feet too.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  6. OMG, Katie I love it! I have been busy with a difficult pregnancy and having the baby, I feel like I'm finally starting to read blogs again, and so glad I ran across your blog again! I got so unorganized when google reader went bye bye. Anyways. Pinning this! I am in desperate need of a floor lamp in my living room!

  7. You are so clever that lamp is amazing, looks like something I would want to buy from a designer shop but would have a far to expensive price tag for me to buy it! Love it, great job :)

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