I told y’all about our Tripod that we got last week, and now we finally have a finished product of it! Turning it into a lamp was about the easiest project we have done in months. To refresh your memory, here is what it looked like when we first got it:
We loved it so much, but weren’t crazy about the color, so that was the first item up to change. We simply lightly sanded the wood, and used a Minwax stain: Dark Walnut. For the sanding, we didn’t go too agressive because we wanted a lot of the character to show through, so we even ended up leaving a little bit of the orange on there! Since the tripod had been painted previously, and wasn’t raw wood, the stain had to sit awhile for it to soak in fully. We ended up doing three coats in some areas, where it was necessary.
Now to make it into a lamp, instead of a simple tripod! This particular tripod made it about as easy as possible, with having a screw-on top.
The tools and pieces we used were:
1. A Lamp Kit from HD
2. 2 extended poles (this will be used to add height to the lamp, this is not necessary as the lamp kit comes with a small pole)
3. Extra washers and nuts (kit from HD)
4. 10″ Lamp Harp
5. Drill with 1/2″ drill bit. (We originally purchased a drill bit for metal but didn’t need it and used a normal drill bit).
|Excuse the blue photo. I was at work when J took the photo, and instead of him changing the setting he repeatedly yelled at the camera “why are you taking blue photos!?!” I had to teach him that when in doubt-turn it to Auto!|
First- we simply screwed the top off, and drilled a hole with a 1/2 in drill bit that fit the lamp kit:
Next, you insert the pole that comes in that comes with the extended poles. These are hollow for the wires to be fed through.
Next, put on the washer, lock washer, and nut. Tighten these to the inside of the lamp top.
Loosen the screws on the mid section of the light fixture, this is what you will attach the wires to.
Separate the wires by pulling them apart. Tie them in a knot.
Next wrap one wire around each of the loosened screwed. To do this make the exposed end of the wire (remove some of the wire’s plastic coating if you need more wire) and wrap it in a backwards ? shape. Hook this to the skinny part of the screw, with the curve of the wire going clockwise. Then tighten the screws clockwise to secure the wires. With this kit it doesn’t matter what wire is connected to which screw.
Pull tight and add the light fixture top by insert it into the base and twisting.