Ever since I saw a lamp made from an old tripod in some magazine (I honestly don’t remember which one) ages ago, I have wanted one. It mixes the industrial look with modern lines and involves upcycling. Ooooh, I was in love. I needed to make one. So, I did.
It was actually pretty easy to make. I’ll take you through the steps here.
The hardest part is finding the tripod. I found mine at our local thrift store. It was a whopping $6.99. When I got it, the tripod was a bit rusty:
So the first thing I did was spray paint it with a paint+primer combo. I used Rust-oleum Universal Metallic spray paint in oil-rubbed bronze.
It took two light coats and the rust was gone. Next step, get a lamp kit. You can find one at Home Depot or any other hardware store.
For a place for the lamp, I removed the top part of the tripod – where the camera would have been attached. Then I was ready to install the kit.
For the lamp kit, the “nipple” (the piece the cord goes through and to which the socket attaches) was bigger than the hole in the top of the tripod. So, back to Home Depot I went for a drill bit. I drilled the hole a bit larger so the nipple would fit:
To drill the hole, make sure that the tripod is on a flat surface and is stable. Use a clamp or a friend if needed to hold it in place. Wear safety goggles and set the drill to a pretty high setting to get through the metal. Hold your breath, know you can do it, and drill. It was easy once I got the drill to the right setting.
Now comes the second hardest part: figuring out the instructions to the lamp kit. They aren’t clear, by any stretch of the imagination. Also, you need to know how to tie an “underwriter’s knot,” which I googled to understand how to do it. There are videos.
What in the world did we do before Google?
Anyway, follow the instructions on the lamp kit…
…and add the bulb and shade of your choice.
And that’s how you turn a tripod into a lamp!
I didn’t like the cord hanging down and being white – it just stood out too much.
So, I got a brown cord – roughly the same color as the oil-rubbed bronze tripod – and rewired the lamp socket with the new cord. You can buy just the cord at the hardware store, FYI. Once I rewired it, I then tucked the cord in the groove in the tripod legs. Look at the difference:
Now my lamp is finished.
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