Today I'm sharing my knockoff tutorial from Creating with the Stars, if you missed my post at East Coast Creative the other week, read on. Also, if you want to make my gold geometric lights, but don't have a miter saw, this method would work well!!
When I first saw Robert Abbey's Delta table lamp, it was love at first sight! The shape is amazing, I also love that it comes in a variety of bold colors.
Here's all the supplies used:
- old lamp or lamp kit
- mat board(20"x30")
- wood filler
- sanding block (medium + fine)
- wood block (add weight to base)
- painter's tape
-metal ruler / xacto knife
- drill (optional can substitute xacto knife)
Here's how we did it!
First, we printed the template (6 of each triangle) (1 of each hexagon). You can download our template, here (print on 8.5" x 11"). I roughly cut the shape out so they would fit tightly on the mat board. Then we used spray adhesive to attach the pieces to the back of the mat board.
Here's how they fit together.
Then using a metal ruler and xacto knife on a cutting mat, we cut each shape out.
Next, we started putting it together. First, we glued the bottom (shapes 2 + 4) to the base (shape 6). Since the triangles fit perfectly together, they just fall into place. We then used small pieces of painter's tape to help hold it together while the glue completely dried. Using a fast grab glue helps it set quickly (we used Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue). Apply the glue lightly, and rub off any excess.
After gluing the bottom half (shapes 2 + 4 to the base, shape 6) we turned it upside down (the open end down), squared it up, taped it a flat surface and let it dry overnight, this helped keep it square.
The next day, we started working on the top section of the lamp. We glued shapes 1 + 3, about half way - leaving an opening to insert the lamp inside. The top (shape 5) was held in place with painters tape to help guide shapes 1 + 3, but not glued yet.
Then we we reinforced the seams by gluing from the inside.
Next we worked on the lamp base, it was a little big to sit flush in the bottom of the lamp, so we cut a few pieces of 1x4 to raise it up a little. This also added extra weight to give it more stability. We used screws to attach the 1x4 to the existing metal base. (we also swapped the existing rod with one from another lamp to get it the correct height)
We drilled an opening for the cord and inserted the plastic grommet from the old lamp. The lamp was disassembled, the cord was pulled through the opening of the new base and the wire was pulled through the threaded rod.
We centered it and glued it inside the lamp.
For the top piece (shape 5) we found the center and drilled a hole for the center rod.
Then it was glued in place.
Wood filler was applied. Remove excess as you go to reduce sanding later. It's easier to apply lightly and apply a second coat after sanding, if needed.
After removing the dust, finish with paint! To cover the top of the threaded rod, we used the top of an old lamp - it just slide over the rod. We then reattached the socket and that was it!
I paired it with Target's large drum shade.
Here's the breakdown of cost and time.
Thrifted lamp $2 (plus a few lamp parts from other thrifted lamps)
Mat board $3 (20"x30")
Spray paint ~$6 (used about half of each can)
Wood filler / glue / sandpaper $0 (on hand)
1x4 ($0 from scrap pile of Home Depot)
Total $11, ($35 with lamp shade) pretty good compared to the $183 Robert Abbey version!
Preparing template + cutting out the mat board 1.5 hrs
Gluing mat board 2 hrs
Assembling the rest of the lamp .5 hr
Wood filler and sanding 2 hrs
Painting + drying time 2 hrs
Total 8 hrs, so not a huge time investment!
I'm so glad that we tried DIYing before buying! I love how our version came out!