September 9, 2011

In Different Light

While searching for inspiration, this Pottery Barn lamp caught my eye. I loved the lamp, but definitely not the price tag! So I began the search for a more affordable way to achieve this farmhouse chic look.

While wandering through Hobby Lobby, I found a pair of candle holders on sale for $8. They were the perfect pair to transform into PB knockoffs!

First, The Hunny drilled a hole down the middle of both bases (he discovered they were ceramic). With the help from my Mom, I began the painting process using a textured spray paint. We used Rust-oleum Multicolor Textured Paint in Autumn Brown for the base. Layers of white paint, crackle paint, and a brown glaze were then added to achieve the distressed look. It took some time and patience to get the look I wanted.

I bought lamp kits to transform the bases. The kit fixtures were painted with a bronze spray paint. The Hunny helped me feed the cord through and attach the fixture.

I bought natural color lampshades at Wal-mart and covered them in burlap fabric purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics. We made a pattern from craft paper that was used to cut the fabric. We used Mod Podge to adhere the fabric to the lampshade and left it to dry over night. I used twill tape to finish the edges.

I love how they turned out...It was fun to find inspiration and make it for less! The overall project cost more than I hoped but still less than PB! What do you think of my candle holder lamps?!

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  1. Great job knocking off PB :) Seriously their stuff is amazing...but way overpriced! And now you can say you've made a lamp! Bravo! Came over via Be Different Act normal.

  2. This looks great! I love the detail on the base!

  3. These are GORGEOUS!!! GREAT Great job! I'd love to have a pair in my house.

    Was it hard to drill the hole for the electrical? Does the hole run the full height of the lamp base?


  4. Love your lamp! You did such a nice job on the shade, too. I've been revising lamps lately - it's a nice way to add a touch of freshness without making a major change!

  5. I love the technique you used! It looks so vintage!

  6. You did a great job on the lamp! It is fabulous!

  7. Kelly,
    you did a great job on your lamps, would give PB a run for the money! Love how you did the lampshades, looks like they came that way
    I'm visiting for the first time and have enjoyed it. I'm your newest follower and would love for you to visit me! I will be back.

  8. Thank you all for your encouraging words!

  9. Super awesome.. Love it..Hello there.. I'm following ya officially from the inspiration board hop..Lovely blog you have here.Can't wait to read more.. Hope you can stop by & visit me sometime / follow back.. TY So much.. Have a great week.Marilyn from ps: Would love for you to participate in a fall crawl next week if you'd like to join in :)) TY

  10. Love this idea! I would love for you to share it on my link party this Friday at

  11. Love your lamp. I love the vintage look. I just painted my lamp but haven't posted in my blog yet. Hope you can visit me too at

    Great job!

  12. The lamp turned out great!! I love the burlap shade too! I featured you in my Crush of the Week post today!