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30 Very Creative DIY Lamps over on HomeTalk.com!

Hey friends!  I wanted to let you know of an awesome source for home solutions, creative ideas for the home, and generally anything about the home.  It's over at HomeTalk.com!  I've been posting over there for quite a while and really have enjoyed making new friends and seeing new ways to do many, many things.  

Recently, they reached out to me to search around HomeTalk and find some really creative lamps and how the person created them.  You can find my new "DIY LAMPS!" board right (HERE).  Or you can click the image below.  There's even a few of my lamps in the mix!

Leave some comments if you want to and start your own page on HomeTalk to post, save ideas there, or make some boards of your own!


Overhauled Large Stadium Light

Hey folks!  A while back I posted (HERE) a "junk haul" with Justin from Muddy Water Resurrections.  We ran across some really cool stadium lights that had seen the last of their stadiums.  They were a cool, faded blue on the outside.   Well I was tired of tripping over them so I took one of the three to see what it could be.  I ended up cleaning it (deep!), magic erasering it, and modifying it/rewiring it to take a large 150 watt compatible bulb.  It still shines super bright but this time it won't burn your skin! Ha.

I took the monstrous transformer/power box off the base.  Just too heavy and hopefully can use the shell on another project.

I gave the reflector screen a good scrubbing and painted the front of the light housing a fire engine red for some added pop.  After creating a new stem and light assembly setup, I gave it an inline switch for versatility.  

And here it is lit up in the booth!  Done!

Measurements:  27" wide; 14.5" tall; 15" deep with arm extended

This table will be available in my ETSY SHOP (HERE) soon.  Or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.


Custom Painted Checkers-Themed 1/2 Table

Hey folks!  Got a new project fresh from GadgetSponge Garage.  Recently, I picked up a table top from an estate sale.  It was rather large, so I decided to chop it in half and make two tables.  This is the first one of the two.  Because of being up against a wall, I faced the back legs to the forward position so the table would sit flush against the wall.  I also created a custom backboard to go across the piece to give it a finished look and something to stop anything on top from sliding all the way to the wall.  

I hope you like it!

The old table legs I picked while junking in Arkansas.  The were original mostly antique white but had seen some other colors (and lots of knocks, knicks, and abuse).  I knew they would be fantastic for the distressing I was going to do on top of all that!  The table top was originally a brown toned finish.  I belt sanded the top finish off since it was kind of chippy.  I wanted a fresh start to what I had planned.

The main paint I used was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the Florence color.  The orange was the Arles Orange in her line.  I really had no preference as far as manufacturer, I just knew these colors fairly well and wanted them specifically since the colors work so well together and really take well to distressing and dark wax.

On top I first started with the orange (2 coats) and then two coats of the Florence blue (2 coats).  The masking off of the squares was NO FUN, but I knew what I wanted to pull off and got it done.

The fun thing about this table is it can serve as a game table just as easily as it can serve as a hall table with the checker pattern just being seen as a decorative pattern.

On the underside, I reinforced the strength of the vintage table legs with a 2x4 frame so they wouldn't budge a bit.  I can't stand a large table with a shimmy!

The measurements will be posted here soon.  I always forget to get the measurements before I take it to the shop!  

This table will be available in my ETSY SHOP (HERE) soon.  Or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.


Repurposed Industrial Metal Stand Party Table

I'm bringing some curbside love to you today folks.  A good friend found something of interest on the side of the road one day and saved it for me.  I wish I had taken a "before" picture.  Just imagine the metal base of this piece in a layer of rust and uneven feet.


It must have been some sort of mechanical/machine base.  It has a leftover hinge bracket and an electrical outlet panel underneath.  Three of the four feet were shorter than the fourth.  Luckily, they were all the same height and the wood I used on top matched the space perfectly.  So I cut out custom feet for the three short corners.

I sanded down a good bit of the sides and flat surfaces to reintroduce some bare metal to go along with some remaining rust.  I clearcoated the whole piece in the end so it wouldn't rust anymore and to bring out the deep colors of the distressed wood.

I charred the boards, like I've been doing a lot recently.  It definitely brings out the grain and highlights any and all character the wood wants to offer.  Sanding and roughing it up brings back some highlights.

Measurements:  23" tall; 23" wide; 26" deep.  

BUY IT NOW!  In my ETSY SHOP (HERE).  Or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.


Repurposed Children's Book Toy Lamp

Hey folks!  Here's one of my latest projects.  I, by no means, am the first to do this style of repurposed lamp but I've always wanted to do one.  So here we go!...

I pretty much have duplicates of all of these books so I used the ones that have seen more "action" in their lives.

I've had this vintage spin toy top for a while and I figured it along with the vintage aluminum party glass would compliment everything.


Measurements:  29" tall and 16" wide.  

BUY IT NOW!  In my ETSY SHOP (HERE).  Or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.