Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thrifty Lamp DIY: Drippy Mid Century Modern Aqua Desk Lamp


Many people want to buy my mod-style aqua "drippy lamp" that appears frequently in blog posts. I'm not ready to let it go, but I did think of way you can easily make your own lamp like it! My version didn't come out perfect, but it's a good starter piece and I'll be making more from here.


Before: I can't find a picture of the original ugly lamp shade, it was quickly banished! Let's get started transforming this beast...

You'll Need: aqua craft paint, silver spray paint, an old lamp you won't miss.


Step 1) Start by spray painting the clean lamp base, taping off the parts you don't want covered in paint. Wait it until it dries completely before moving on to the next step. (I used Rust-Oleum Hammered in Metal Finish, the unique texture look really replicated the look of the inspiration lamp!)


Steps 2)Before you start the drip process, take some "practice swings" because you want it to drip down nicely. I tried different textures of paint on old drink bottles first. 3) To get the drippy affect, squeeze ample amounts the craft paint from the tube at the top of the lamp and let it drip down.


Here's the inspiration lamp, a gorgeous mod-type glazed piece with a straw lamp shade for a nice contrast.


The crafted lamp has the similar drippy glazed look and it was easy to replicate. I had the spray and craft paint on-hand. I found the lamp at a Goodwill for $2.99 and the shade at an indie thrift store for $1.00.


The crafted lamp has a similar appeal and provides lovely task lighting at my desk on an inspiring rainy day. I was in the market for a nice lamp and I'm glad I used what was on hand to make my own!

Good luck making your own sexy new lamp! Do you have a favorite way to transform thrifted items or make "drippy" items of your own?
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18 comments:

  1. I'm going to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It's easy! Let me know how it turns out! :D

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  2. Cute.I loved doing drip glazes in pottery class.I always liked to have the surprise of how it turned out after being in the kiln.Might have to try this.

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    1. I'm so jealous, I need to sign up for a potter class and try drip glazes. :D let me know if you try the lamp tutorial, I bet you'd produce something amazing with all your prior crafting experience.

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  3. I love this mid century inspired lamp DIY. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I like your lamp even better than the one that inspired it. Awesome!

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    1. Thank you! Good to hear, I wasn't confident about the lamp when I first made it.

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  5. NICE!! I think if you banished the 'drip' blob at the end of the drip it would look even better--so very close

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    1. Yep, it definitely didn't come out perfect, I smudged it when I moved it from the tarp and now it'll be hard to sand the icky bits off, but I shall ;) For anyone reading, let it dry for a day before you move it...

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  6. Very unique lamp. I like it b/c I cannot stop staring at it. This is definitely a conversation piece. I might have to try my hand at this :)

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  7. that looks awesome now I wanna make one!

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    1. Let me see the results if you make one!

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