Friday, May 21, 2010

"Limitation Lamp"...white and distressed!

We (my husband and I) worked on a project today! I had been begging for wanting the large Pottery barn lamp that looks like this one above but is a pole lamp. Since I didn't want to spend the 150.00 to buy it...I had to get creative! This lamp above was an inexpensive brown lamp. I painted it my favorite color (if you want to call it a color)...cottage white. Then I distressed it.

Next we went to home depot and bought a square fence end post. Cut it to size and attached it to the table lamp with these.....

L brackets are my friend...I use them all the time for projects! Then we cut squares for the base and attached them as well. Once it was together I painted it, distressed it and painted this address on it...4 Mayberry Dr.
4...for the 4 people in my fam....Mayberry because it is our families favorite our favorite artist...Rascal is the song we sing blasting in the down...with ice cream cones in hand...the kiddos know every word!

Once the address was on there I sanded some more with my favorite Black and Decker "mouse" sander. Almost ready to turn on and use!

Here she is! I LOVE her. She cost me a total of $20.00.
Today I happened to read Rie's blog Home and Harmony ...
I love her blog and today's post was...
 so fitting with our lamp!
It is entitled Inspirational Limitations!
I had a price "limit" and because I did... I was forced to use my creativity...and in the midst had a great sweet day with my man! Our kiddos are so excited about the new lamp, knowing it has a special family meaning.
Rie is right...out of limitations can come something so beautiful!


  1. yay! no more sitting in the dark in your family room. I'm so impressed...beyond impressed really! Are you doing one for me next????

  2. Thanks for your comment on my blog and linking me! The lamp is beautiful!!! I'm inspired by your creativity. Love the title of the post too. :)

  3. Very cool! And so very creative.

  4. Wow! I'll take one too! I'd buy your lamp anyday over PB's! I'm very impressed, it looks fantastic and the meaning behind it is priceless ~ that's what makes our homes special. :)

  5. Wow - very cool! I love your projects and how special they are to your family! You have the right idea!

  6. I love it! The color is so clean and you did an awesome job distressing it!

  7. Oh, I love it! Fabulous idea too. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I loev it !!! thanks for sharing Tracey.......very nice done !!! happy weekend hugs from Ria...........

  9. That is very cool! The entire thing! The distressing is most impressive!

  10. Wow. Pottery Barn has nothing on your lamp. I like yours better than anything I have seen in PB catalogs. How fun that your husband helped you too! I am going to look around a bit and see what else you have done.

  11. What a gorgeous gorgeous lamp! Love the shabby finish and the address is genius! This is going on the top of my list of things to build.

  12. This is such a great transformation of an ugly brown lamp(I have a few myself) project and unique. I love when I see clever ideas like this. Thanks for sharing it.

    My best- Diane

  13. Oh I love it! What a fab idea

  14. SO darling! I want to make one! Did you just run the regular table lamp cord to the back side of the post? Also is your lamp a wood lamp or can it be metal?

  15. Hi Tracey! I love this project so much!

    I would love it if you would link it up to the CSI Project's "Hardware store" challenge. I would love the people over there to see it!