Tripod Floor Lamp from Curbside Finds

I feel the need for a trashure makeover coming on! What’s trashure you say? I first wrote about it a few years ago in this post and is put simply: Making treasure out of trash. Or in other words, “One man’s trash is another woman’s treasure”. Hee hee.  Therefore, this Trash to Treasure Tuesday I am sharing how my curbside finds became a tripod floor lamp with some funkified DIY fun. My gal friends are sharing their projects too, so be sure to check them out below.

Back about a year ago, my friend, Mandy, called me after she spied a settee set out for trash. I gave it a brand new look you can read about in this makeover reveal (it’s a good one!). What she didn’t tell me was that there was a whole bunch of goodness along with it! This is what else I snagged.

Curbside Trashure for DIY Projects | Prodigal Pieces |

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Bed post turnings became new in this post, 4 x 4’s, a set of Queen Anne legs, a surveyors tripod, lampshade, and a one-legged wonder footstool that I also made over HERE. For now, my focus is on that surveyor’s goodness because I have had it on my brain to turn it into a tripod floor lamp and lamp it shall be. woot!

First, I had to figure out how to get all those legs to stay together. I know the original design had a sort of “T” shape to hold them together. While I could have cut one, I wanted a simpler effect for various reasons. So instead I grabbed some of the dowel I keep in my stash and got to work.

My husband bought me this cool angle finder tool for Christmas that helps me figure out inside and outside angles. I needed 3 sections and this thing helped me immensely. Remember my motto? “Tools over Jewels“.

Using Angle Finder to Determine Tripod Legs | Prodigal Pieces |

I also used it to figure the angles between the dowel and the tripod leg. I cut wedges to keep them supported and attached with wood glue, brads, and screws. Once I got the angles figured, it was just a matter of putting it all together.

Before I did that though, I wanted to treat the parched wood and my go-to for refreshing is boiled linseed oil (or hemp oil, or tung oil). The legs were needing some nourishment and they soaked it right up. You can see how I revived my antique pew, a cedar chest, and a pair of theater seats too.

Boiled Linseed Oil to Refresh Old Wood | Prodigal Pieces |

After all was prepped, I just needed to use my lamp wire kit to assemble and add a lamp shade. Now, take a peek at my repurposed surveyor’s tripod floor lamp.

Repurposed Surveyor's Tripod Floor Lamp by Prodigal Pieces |

It’s got that fun industrial flair and I’m all about unique in my home, right? My favorite part is the feet because of the patina.

Vintage Vignette with Repurposed Tripod Floor Lamp and DIY Large Clock by Prodigal Pieces |

Tripod Floor Lamp Base with Wire Locker Baskets | Prodigal Pieces |

Doesn’t it look sweet next to my $3 garage sale chair I upholstered?

Vintage Industrial Tripod Floor Lamp from Repurposed Parts by Prodigal Pieces |

And if you’re loving that large clock, I have the tutorial for it over in this post. Plus, both the clock and lamp are available in my shop(SOLD)

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If you are wanting to know how to make your own lighting, even sconces and chandeliers, I have a tutorial for you and show you how I created my own lighting in this tutorial.

Create Your Own Farmhouse Lighting with this Step-by-Step DIY Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

My hope is that you are inspired to try something like this yourself and have fun! Please pin and share to do the same for others (and so you can find this later on when you need it.  😉 )

DIY Tripod Floor Lamp Made from a Repurposed Surveyor's Tripod with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Next, I am sharing from the heart. I invite you to join me for some sit-down-and-relax time while I speak of some things past and some things present. Head HERE.

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WAIT!! Before you head off, you just have to check out these fantastic makeovers by the best of the Trash to Treasure bloggers on the web.

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces |

Trash to Treasure Transformations - November | Prodigal Pieces |

  1. Bless’er House
  2. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
  3. Girl in the Garage
  4. Arsty Chicks Rule

More repurposed projects like my tripod floor lamp:

A Child's Chest of Drawers Becomes Faux Card Catalog by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comRepurposed Kitchen Cabinets become Home Decor by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Debrashoppeno5

    What a fabulous find. I have been on the look out for ages for a wood tripod. The lamp looks great.

    November 8, 2016 at 6:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So you can imagine how stoked I was to find it. Yay! Thanks, Debra.

      November 8, 2016 at 7:24 am Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    This is so cool, Larissa! You had a vision and it came together fabulously.

    November 8, 2016 at 10:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Jen! Now to make use of the rest. Yay!

      November 8, 2016 at 10:57 am Reply
  • [email protected] Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    This is so cool, Larissa! What a dream haul that was! I know you’ll find a fabulous way to recreate every last piece! XO

    November 8, 2016 at 6:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It pays of to shop curbside! 😀 Thanks, Christy.

      November 8, 2016 at 7:25 pm Reply
  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    If my eyes spotted that pile of curbside treasures, everyone in the car would have got whiplash as I slammed my foot on the brakes. Your tripod lamp turned out so well, Larissa! Pinning to share. I’m eyeing up that angle finder and thinking Santa needs to put one in my stocking this year.

    November 9, 2016 at 3:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are my sista, Marie! hee hee. I had fun making use of this pile and have plans for them legs…oh yeah. Thanks, girl!

      November 9, 2016 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Shoregirl

    Who would have guessed that pile of curbside “trash” could become something so cool?!
    I love all the fun makeovers you do!

    November 9, 2016 at 8:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is so fun to get to create! Thank you so much for the love.

      November 9, 2016 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    You are SO creative, love it Larissa!!

    November 9, 2016 at 1:45 pm Reply
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