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