Pottery Barn Inspired Vintage Lamp

August 27, 2015


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!


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


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.


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.



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


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!



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!





  • 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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