Hey y’all! I’m Aaron and I blog at The Thrifty Abode. I’m a wife, mother, and teacher and I blog about my attempts at creating a beautiful home on a small budget. I’m pretty much a newbie blogger so I’m super excited to be guesting on such a popular and established blog! Thanks for having me Cassity!
I absolutely love finding a bargain or a knock-off that looks exactly like an item from Pottery Barn, West Elm, or ______________(fill in your favorite inspiring, but out of budget store here). What’s even better is creating the item from things I already own and a couple things I found at a hardware store.
That’s exactly what I did with my glass jug and $18 I spent at Lowe’s.
I turned this:
In all of my searching I never found one. I’d had the glass jug pictured above for years and I started wondering how difficult it could be to turn it into a lamp. The only difference between my $15 jug and the $100 + lamps was a hole and some wiring.
I knew that bottle lamp kits were sold at Lowe’s so all I had to do was figure out how to put a hole in my jug. With a little research I found out that I needed a ceramic cutting drill bit. I made a trip to Lowe’s and picked up the kit and bit (I got the 5/16″) for $18.
And here’s what it cost me:
New money spent:
- drill bit: $8
- lamp kit: $10
$18 is pretty good for a solid PB or West Elm knock-off.
Here’s what it would cost if all the parts had to be bought new:
- bit and kit: $18
- jug: $10-$15 (The shelves of HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx, and Marshall’s are littered with glass jug thingies. Mine was $15, but I’ve seen ones the same size for $10.)
- drum shade: $15 from Wal-Mart’s Canopy line
- lamp harp and prongs: $4 (you may need these depending on what kind of shade you have. These are also sold at Lowe’s)
$47-$52 is still about half of what it would cost to buy the Pottery Barn Eva lamp.
I hope you’ll hop over to The Thrifty Abode and check out my other thrifty adventures in decorating.
Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.