Pottery Barn Inspired Vintage Lamp

August 27, 2015

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I originally created this project and tutorial for SimplyKierste.com. I’m so excited to share with you all today here at The Tale of an Ugly House!

My husband and I have recently been transitioning our son’s room from a nursery to more of a big boy room. My son, Charlie has been over the moon to see all the new things coming into his room. One item that I just couldn’t settle on was a lamp. I wasn’t finding exactly what I was looking for when I went to the big box store. While flipping though a Pottery Barn Kids magazine one morning, I saw this adorable vintage truck lamp. Given that Charlie loves cars and trucks, it was perfect! The price however was not. $130 for a lamp for a two-year old was a bit much for me to spend. My mind immediately started brain storming. I remembered Hobby Lobby had a great selection of metal cars and trucks. So off to hobby Lobby I went!

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The truck I chose was only $14 with a coupon from their website. If you shop there, their coupons are a must!

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I used my drill and a drill bit that’s made for drilling through metal. I drilled a hole completely through the back of the truck to hold the post for the light.

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You can buy the post hardware and light kit at any home improvement store in the lighting department. I secured it washer and nut that came in the kit on the top and on the bottom of the truck to hold it in place.

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Next I attached the light kit to the post. This was very simple. Be sure to follow the manufactures instructions. Just a heads up, I did not paint my post black until after I installed the light kit… not the best idea! If you choose to paint your post, it’s much easier to do so before you install the light kit.

I picked up my lamp shade at Target. You can use any standard shade you want. I chose just a simple, white shade

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I decided to dress it up a bit by adding black ribbon along the top and bottom of the shade. I used just a tiny bit of hot glue to hold it in place.

Just attach the shade and it’s ready to go!

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It’s such a fun little lamp and it only cost around $30! The best part was my sons reaction. He said, “Oh wow!” I can already tell it’s going to see a lot of love for years to come! This really can be adapted for a little girls room as well. Get creative as you like.

Thanks for stopping by friends!

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Deb August 30, 2015 at 7:24 am

    OMG this is so stinkin’ cute! I love it!

    • Reply Amanda August 31, 2015 at 8:36 am

      Thanks girl! One thing I didn’t consider when I made it…my son would want to play with the truck lol. He’s getting better but man in the beginning the struggle was real!

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