I bought two wine boxes several months ago, not really sure at the time what I would do with them. I finally decided to attempt a diy wine crate lamp. And I ended up making an inside out lampshade to go with it.
I chose wine boxes with interesting graphics.
For this one, I used the same gray and turquoise wash technique that I used on Richard’s pallet end table. I applied a couple of coats of Minwax wipe on poly to protect the finish.
Richard says I always do things backwards. I should have drilled holes for the lamp first. But no paint was harmed in the drilling, so there. 🙂 I drilled a hole in the center top and in a scrap of 2 x 4 that will be attached to the inside of the wine crate. I needed extra thickness of wood to support the lamp rod to make it more stable. I also drilled a hole in the back, near the bottom, for the cord to go out the back.
I used parts from a lamp that I bought at a thrift store just for this purpose. It isn’t an old lamp, just ugly, so the cord and socket are fine. I did need to buy a threaded rod to feed the cord through, though. The one that came with the lamp was the wrong length.
I held the shade at the height I wanted and Richard measured the length needed, allowing for the thickness of the 2 x 4 that would be attached.
After cutting the threaded pipe, he attached it to the box and 2 x 4 with a washer and hex nut.
I didn’t want the threaded pipe to be visible on the outside, so I decided to use a piece of galvanized pipe to slip over the rod. Richard attached the base of the socket and the harp base to the rod, then measured the distance from the bottom of the assembly to the top of the box. (A hex nut holds these parts in place on the rod.)
He cut the galvanized pipe to length, then realized that he forgot to account for the little decorative piece (also scavenged from the thrifted lamp) that transitions from the pipe to the box. Oops! Tired of cutting with the hack saw, he broke out the Ryobi reciprocating saw. Wow, much faster.
Once we knew everything was straight and looked good, I loosened the nut inside the box and applied a couple of globs of Liquid Nails to the backside of the 2 x 4, then tightened the nut back on. Not really necessary, but just an extra step to keep it stable.
Ok, time to thread the electric cord through the back of the box and up the pipe. When I was disassembling the old lamp, I didn’t mark which wire was attached to which screw on the socket.
Label your wires and the corresponding screw with masking tape, so you’ll know which wire goes where.
Since I didn’t do this, Richard had to bring out his voltage meter to determine which wire was hot and which was neutral. I have no idea how to use the meter, so make your life easier and follow the tip instead. FYI, the narrow prong is hot; the wide prong is neutral.
Once the wires are attached to the correct screws, the socket can be popped into the socket base. Screw in a light bulb, plug in the cord, and stand back. Yay, no sparks!
Make an Inside Out Lampshade
Another thrift store purchase to the rescue. This lampshade was ooogly, so I ripped off the vinyl faux leather. When I realized the liner was in good shape and seemed to be staying in place, I thought, “Hmm, I kind of like the deconstructed look.”
There was still a bit too much glare through the thin liner, though, so I added a strip of burlap behind the wire frame, about midway around the shade. I pinched it together in every other section, attaching with hot glue. I also used strips of burlap at the top and bottom to finish off the edges.
Richard doesn’t like the shade, and I’m not sure I am totally sold on it.
I think I need to paint the little black transition piece- maybe gray to blend with the pipe?
What do you think? Start over with the lampshade? Have you ever made a lamp?