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Swiney 2 Chic ~ Whitney’s Spindle Lamp

Hey girls! Wasn’t the party so fun?? It came at perfect timing for me because I came down with swine flu last weekend… and then managed to share it with all 3 of my kids. It’s been a bad week at Whitney’s house.  Luckily, I had Ashley to man the blog post and the party to fill in for my lack of crafting!  I wanted to share a really fun project I just finished.  After going to Round Top I have been in lamp mode! I saw so many creative and fun ways to make and alter lamps there which led me to this pile of old stair spindles.  The man sold me the box for about $30…woohoo!!
I found a vendor there there made almost any piece of architectural salvage into a lamp.  I was amazed by her vision and talent and had to copy.  This is how I made my spindle lamp…
You will need a lamp kit… I used this one from Lowe’s for under $10.
I first painted my 4 spindles, an unfinished square wood plaque and a small piece of 1/2″ pvc with Rustoleum American Accents Canyon Black spray paint.  The wood plaque will be your base and the pvc is to hide the cord that will run through the spindles. This step is totally optional… you can just let your cord run through the center.
Once these are dry I used my Gorilla Super Glue to attach the four spindles with the pvc inside.  Before attaching these, you need to run the cord through the pvc with the raw end up.  Drill a hole in the top of your spindles the same size as the lamp nipple that comes with the kit. ** These words will all make sense to you once you have the kit in front of you:)
At this point, I attached the four spindles to the wood plaque as my base.  I added glue to the bottom of the spindles and then used my drill to secure them with wood screws.
Now to start the electrical fun… Put your lamp nipple tightly into the hole at the top of the spindles.  If it isn’t tight enough you can add a bit of Gorilla Glue here as well.  Make sure you leave enough of it showing to attach the other pieces(about half).  You will then add the harp bottom and the socket cap.
The wiring is super easy.  You just wrap one cord around each screw on the socket and tighten them.  Make sure no cords are sticking out.  Then cover it all with your socket shell.
I started this on Sunday of last week just before I got sick so this is where your detailed pics stop… sorry! But if you need any help just ask!
My final step was to get a shade ready for this baby.  I found this lovely, boring and silk drum shade at Walmart.  Drum shades are too easy to alter so I was sold!
I used a piece of lightweight canvas to cover the silk.  Just lay it out, spray it with spray adhesive and roll the shade on to it.  When I was finished I pulled the excess at the tops and bottoms and glued them down with my hot glue gun.  Then it looked like this…
This lamp is going in my loft where my work space is so I wanted something a little girly.  I used small black grosgrain ribbon to make two lines along the bottom of the lamp.  I just eyeballed it and added a dab of hot glue every 4 inches or so…
Then I made 2 cute little bows to top it off…
Then I took a dab of hot glue and added to bows to one side of the lamp… So cute!!
Finally I was in need of a finial for the top but I only had the unfinished ones with screws.  I attached one to to a small unfinished candlestick with Gorilla Glue… got all of these at Hobby Lobby.
I painted it black and drilled a hole in the bottom the size of the screw at the top of the lamp.
After a little distressing using my 3M block sander with 80 grit paper and putting the lamp together, it was ready for the reveal!  What do you think??
Thanks for stopping by guys! And don’t forget to stay tuned this week for details on our next link party and HUGE giveaway!! This one will be even more fun than the last and we are so excited to share all the details with you.  I hope I explained the steps on this project well enough but if you have any questions just ask!!

76 Comments

  1. Amanda @ Serenity Now on October 13, 2009 at 2:12 am

    I love it!! Very cool design. The bows really add such a cute factor. 🙂 Visiting from Kimba's party. 🙂

  2. Mommy Words on October 13, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Wow I just saw a bunch of spindles at the Restore that you could buy individually…adding this to my project list! I wonder if I could figure out a way to make a standing floor lamp using 8. I really need one!

  3. abeachcottage.com on October 13, 2009 at 2:03 am

    wow!

    this rocks 🙂

  4. Dresser Girl on October 13, 2009 at 1:01 am

    WOW!! As always, I'm so impressed!!

  5. Julie on October 13, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Hey Girls… So Very creative! Just to cute cute cute
    xoxo
    Julie

  6. Sheri on October 12, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    I will never understand how you come up with all of these great ideas. I know you saw that I copied your dominoes idea. SO LOVIN' THEM!

  7. nannykim on October 12, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Sorry you were sick!! pretty cool lamp…I think I have a bunch of spindles still in my secret room that the previous spindle guy had left over (our house is spindle cottage and the previous owner went wild….not sure If I want or need more spindles– lol)but not sure what I may do with the left overs.

    nannykim from Spindle cottage blog (I have more than one blog so confusing it gets)

  8. nannykim on October 12, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Sorry you were sick!! pretty cool lamp…I think I have a bunch of spindles still in my secret room that the previous spindle guy had left over (our house is spindle cottage and the previous owner went wild….not sure If I want or need more spindles– lol)but not sure what I may do with the left overs.

    nannykim from Spindle cottage blog (I have more than one blog so confusing it gets)

  9. Christi on October 12, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I'm amazed at what y'all can do with gorilla glue. Another great post.

    Christi @ A Southern Life
    http://asouthernlife.com

  10. Michelle on October 12, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Very creative project, I love it. Stop by for a visit soon!
    Michelle

  11. [email protected] on October 12, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and beautiful! I love these I featured it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

  12. Shanty 2 Chic on October 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Hey girls!! I am normally so much better at replies but with the fam being sick I am SO far behind. Just wanted to say thank you for all your sweet comments!! They always make me excited to share my next post!! Thanks again:)
    ~Whitney

  13. Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE on October 12, 2009 at 6:15 am

    I just love the lamp, love the shade and the ribbons, make it so chic…what a great idea, sooo creative..I am a new follower and I will be back to see more…come visit

  14. Glenda/MidSouth on October 12, 2009 at 4:49 am

    It looks great!! You did good! 🙂

  15. Mimi on October 12, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Cute little lamp!

  16. Brenda on October 12, 2009 at 3:03 am

    I like this, it really has some substance behind it. Great look!

  17. Shelia on October 12, 2009 at 2:40 am

    This is so cute! You did an excellent job!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  18. Sandy on October 12, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Sorry you had the flu. That lanp is just toooo cute. Love the little ribbon you added. I would have never thought of using spindles. Great job.
    Sandy

  19. Infarrantly Creative on October 12, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Cute you sure gave it some new life!

  20. Teri on October 12, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Very CREATIVE and super cute!

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