Hi sweet friends! I’m back today with a fun and easy tutorial for a simple DIY farmhouse style lamp. Yep, that’s right–I made a lamp! I’ve been wanting to make one for a long time now, I guess you could say it’s been on my DIY bucket list (yes, I have one of those) and I’m excited that I can finally check this one off the list. You guys, this was SO dang easy and simple–much easier than I ever thought it would be. And believe it or not, I actually used an old vintage porch post to create this lamp. If you’ve been around for a while now, you might remember when I talked about the giant porch posts we bought from an auction about a year ago now. They’ve been sitting around ever since, shuffled from room to room and just waiting to be used. Well I finally figured out a creative way to use one of them and I’m excited to show you what I came up with today! Let’s get to it, shall we? Here’s what I started with for this project:
This is the porch post. Obviously. Each one had to have been about 8 feet tall when we bought them, but we cut them all down just to make them easier to move around. This is actually hollow on the inside, which makes it perfect for a lamp.
We simply cut it down to the height we wanted and cleaned it up a bit. Next we used this awesome lamp kit from Amazon for the electrical piece of this project–it came with everything we needed!
Once we had the porch post cut to size, we created a simple base using a square wooden plaque. We screwed that to the bottom of the post, drilled a hole in the center, and ran the cord up through the inside. Easy stuff.
My husband had the great idea to carve out a little ditch on the bottom of the base for the cord so the lamp would sit nice and flat.
Next up we used a round wooden plaque to attach the top section of the lamp. By the way, you can find these little wooden plaques at any craft store–they’re super handy!
Just drill a hole through the wooden plaque and attach the harp like shown.
The instructions that come with the kit are pretty clear about how to attach the wire to the top section of the lamp. That part was easy peasy and very straightforward.
Screw the top base to the porch post and that’s it! Everything is attached and it’s ready to go. Here’s how the finished lamp looks:
Pretty cool, huh? The porch post made for the perfect base and I absolutely love the way this project turned out. And it was so darn easy! If you’re curious about the burlap lamp shade, I actually picked that up from Lowe’s.
I tried a little something different with my painting technique this time. I started by painting it all in the Linen White matte chalk paint from Rustoleum (which I am LOVING by the way). Then I wanted it to have more of an antique finish, kind of like these candlesticks look, so I decided to use my Annie Sloan dark wax over the top. After I put on a light coat I grabbed some sandpaper and distressed the heck out of it. This was the finished look and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Kind of a weathered, antique look.
This was so darn easy and I feel like it definitely has a strong Pottery Barn or Pier 1 vibe going on for a mere fraction of the price. Who knew a DIY lamp would be so easy?! And I have to say, that lamp kit we used is the bomb. I wasn’t sure how legit it would be considering it was so cheap, but it really made this project a complete breeze. I just love how this turned out, my only regret is I wish we had made two. And can I just say how much this post reminds of me of that scene from The Anchorman where Brick keeps saying over and over, “I love lamp. I love lamp.” I mean, c’mon. That pretty much sums up how I feel about my post today!
Thanks so much for dropping in! I’d love to hear what you think of my simple DIY farmhouse style lamp and be sure to let met know if you have any questions!
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