I have had this wonderful bed side lamp for about four years now and I love the shape and look of the glass. You can see that it has little bubbles in it, sort of reminds me of the bubbles you see when you are scuba diving or from little fish. Yes, my mind is always thinking of water and the beach. There has been something missing from it though and I could never put my finger on it.
|see the tiny little bubbles?|
Then, I came across this lamp from Pottery Barn and it hit me! I have a ton of shells and a ton of beach glass! Why not recreate it to fit my needs and wants!
|Love the lamp but not the cost- base only $150.|
|some of our beach glass (the store bought stuff, we have our own collection of stuff we found)|
There was one major difference with my lamp and theirs, the bottom of mine was just a piece of felt and theirs was a solid glass. Hmm, what to do, and it had to use something I already had at home as my goal was to not spend any money this month.
The first thing I did was to cut the fabric felt from the bottom of the lamp. I did this for two reasons, one I wanted to know the exact size and use it as a template and if for some reason, I wasn't successful I was able to reattach it and no one would be the wiser. I used an exacto knife and slowly put the blade in between the glass of the lamp and the felt. Once the piece was cut off, I used a piece of cardboard and cut a slightly smaller circle (to fit inside the bottom of the lamp), I wanted to use a bunch of shells and beach glass and I needed to make sure that there was support for the lamp to keep the glass from falling out.
Once the cardboard was cut, I used a light coat of paint to match the white felt, the idea was that the cardboard and the felt blended together. Then on the inside side of the cardboard, I glued some of the smaller pieces of beach glass that I had, again this was to make sure that it all blended it and made sure that it looked like it was made that way. I filled the lamp with the glass and sealed up the bottom using a bit of hot glue.
I love the way it turned out and the best part is, it cost me nothing and I used what I already have.