Tuesday, November 5, 2013

DIY Industrial Pipe Lamp

Ever see something you really want but don’t want to spend THAT much on it? Yeah, happens to me a lot. That’s when I usually file it away in my “maybe one day if we won the lottery” memory bank, or I decided to put my DIY skills to use and make it myself.  This lamp is me busting out my DIY skills.


This is my inspiration pic
inspiration lamp from shades of light
It’s an Industrial Pipe Table Lamp from Shades of Light and it costs $175. Sans vintage style Edison light bulbs, which are about $9-$10 each. I didn’t have $200 to spend on a lamp, light bulbs, and shipping. But I did have access to a Home Depot.

diy industrial pipe lamp base

I made two trips to Home Depot Sunday night, getting different pipes and pieces to make this lamp. And I had to design my lamp base differently because I couldn’t find a 5 way cross fitting piece (the piece that the four legs and tall pipe screw into) ANYWHERE. I googled it, asked Home Depot employees, and even had a plumber in the aisle of Home Depot tell me I might have been able to find the piece 100 years ago. So yeah, my lamp base had to be completely different. But I’m totally happy with my one of a kind lamp and love that I saved over $100 by making it instead of buying it.

diy industrial pipe 2 light lamp

After putting the lamp together I painted it using my favorite Brass Metallic paint from Modern Masters. (Remember the 36 drawer pulls I painted with it? Well I wanted this lamp to have the same great brass look.) I just wiped the pipes down with wet wipes to clean them off, and painted the lamp with a brush.

It took Justin and I about 30 minutes to figure out how to make all 3 of the floor flanges even, but once that was done putting the lamp and wiring the sockets only took about 15 minutes. It then took about 20 minutes to paint the lamp, and the next day when there was more light I went over it with a second coat and found any spots I missed the night before.

diy industrial pipe lamp

Since I don’t have electrical or wiring knowledge, or free access to an electrician, I bought two cords, and two sockets, and that’s how I wired the lamp. The cords run out the back of the bottom cross and plug into a cord behind the big green rustic industrial unit I bought when thrifting, and painted. I bought the Edison style light bulbs from Home Depot and they ran about $9 each including tax.  Yes they’re pricey, but they definitely compliment the style of the lamp. At night the lamp emits a soft glow that is warm and kind of dreamy. Totally worth it.

So the cost of of the lamp and the light bulbs ran me about $103. And I’ll try to break it down for you and make a supply list below in case you’re interested in making a lamp yourself.

  • 2 cords $13.14
  • 2 light sockets $9.94
  • 2 vintage style light bulbs $18-$19
  • 3 1/2 inch galvanized iron floor flanges $18.72
  • 1 10 inch x 1/2 inch nipple $3.86
  • 1 8 inch x 1/2 inch nipple $3.26
  • 4 1/2 inch 90 degree elbows $6.24
  • 2 1/2 inch crosses $12.48
  • 2 1/2 tees $4.48
  • 1 1/2 inch plug $1.57
  • 1 1/2 inch coupling $1.97
  • 7 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch nipples $10.22
Add everything up and the total is $103.88.  Here’s a secret though. If you don’t want mind waiting, you can order your supplies online from a different supplier and your galvanized pipes and other lamp supplies would probably cost way less.

What do you think, are you a fan of the industrial look? Ready to make your own lamp?