Sunday, November 20, 2011

what we made with an old windmill base


Remember when I snapped up tons of goodness from my 

One of the things I grabbed was this base to an old windmill.

I brought it in because we had big plans for this.
It still has the price tag on it...$12.

You can see my plans, can't you?

It's perfect for making a vintage industrial floor lamp.

So, we ran down to Home Depot and bought a $10 lamp kit.

If you've never done this before, 
the directions are on the back of the kit
and it is EASY!

I've re-wired lamps before so 
my husband decided to try this one
and it took him about 5 minutes...okay, maybe 6.

We grabbed a natural creamy white square lamp shade
and there you have it!




For less than $25, we have a one of a kind
vintage industrial floor lamp.
 


What do you think?
I love it all rusty and a little bent in places.
It would be just as cool with a fresh coat of white paint too.
I'm leaving it like this for now. 
 I like the contrast against my white beadboard.







31 comments:

  1. Janet @Ozarks Livin'November 20, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Looks great. I can always find things to make table lamps from, but a floor lamp is a real score.

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  2. Fabulous great job and what a score at 12 dollars
    xo
    Pam

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  3. I love it and I would absolutely leave it rusty! I made a floor lamp from a telescope tripod myself!

    Great work!
    Susan @ homeroad.net

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  4. It's great...perfect finish too!

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  5. I love it! The rust is so cool, and I love the shape.

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  6. What a wonderfully creative idea! I have one of these in my yard, missing the blades also, I think I may make one too.

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  7. Oh, I love it! I'm kicking myself now, though. I forgot to get a coat rack with similar shape this afternoon at an estate sale. Could'a done the same thing. Dang!

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  8. Brilliant! Another example of your authentic style! :)

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  9. Great vision to see it as a lamp and love the rust and shade too.

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  10. What a fantastic one-of-a-kind lamp. If I were to paint it, I don't think I would go with white - I could envision an oil-rubbed bronze instead or even a tarnished silver look. i like it the way it is too though.

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  11. I LOVE THAT LAMP! What a great idea. I need to bring you over to my garage and let you give me ideas on all the junk I have...I would be rich! Great stuff.
    Denis

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  12. Pretty dang amazing if I say so myself. You did a great job. Perfect!

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  13. What a great piece! I love the rustic bottom with the clean new shade. Well done!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
    Pam

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  14. Pottery Barn is scouring the countryside for windmill bases after seeing this lamp but their version will be $499. Great job, wonderfully inspired. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  15. Awesome idea. I like the extreme rustiness to it, so I don't think I would paint it myself.

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  16. Gina, I love it! That's the coolest lamp ever. I just put a tripod lamp together and need to get a plug for it. Until I read this I had no idea the parts were so cheap; wouldn't you know it, I spent hours rifling through my stash to come up with parts that would work for mine. Now I know I should have just bought them! oh well, next time.
    PS I love the rusty look too, no paint necessary!

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  17. Ok, you and Suzanne now have me wanting one of these tripod lamps!!! It looks great with lots of rusty goodness!

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  18. You've convinced me! I shall make my first lamp! Home Depot huh?

    LOVE this, girl! Rust and all. :)

    Donna

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  19. I'm back! :) And forgot to say, featured you on FJI Facebook and pinned. Because I love this is why!

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150466802621141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  20. I love this. I have never tried using a lamp kit, but I am definitely going to. Just found and followed your blog through FJI. Can't wait to read more.
    Laura

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  21. LOVE it! I did this to an old tripod base. So easy and unique!
    Kelly

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  22. Your new old lamp is gorgous. I too love the constast between the lamp base and the beadboard. Great job!.
    Traci

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