How to create a decorative lamp -

How to make your own lamp

Antique relics like liquor dispensers and tea tins are making a big comeback today as decorative lamps -- but don't expect a bargain price.

These lamps can cost hundreds of dollars each in a fancy showroom. But you can make a lamp yourself for pennies on the dollar!

Francesca de la Flor is one of the country's top antique dealers and is always turning decorative items into designer-quality lamps.

"There are all kinds of things that are very interesting objects that can be made into lamps, and sometimes a lamp is the thing you need in a particular space," says Francesca. "These were a pair of hand-painted chinoisserie candlesticks. But you know what? They'll make great lamps."

Wiring them is simple. You just drill a small hole in the lamp base here and thread wire all the way up through the top of the piece.

Francesca dresses up the socket with a plastic candle cover, followed by a chandelier bulb.

"Because we're going to use a chandelier bulb, we're going to use a chandelier connector for our shade," she explains. "Add your shade and finial! And here we have a pair of beautiful lamps, useful in any setting, from candlesticks that have been repurposed!"

And the best part? A project like this will only cost you about $6.00 and half an hour's time.

If you've been wondering what to do with a family heirloom you've inherited, why not turn it into a lamp and light up a room with style?

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