Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Get Your Lighting in Gear

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e all know that many junkers are fans of gears of all sizes. If you are a gear-head, this industrial chic lamp is for you! But wait! It's more than a lamp! In this post, you can see how you can use it as a resting spot for your cell phone while it charges. Here is how it was created...

STEP 1. Visit your local mechanic or even your own garage to see what fun auto parts you can find.

STEP 2. Haul home heavy (and I do mean heavy!) gears to your friendly welder (a handsome husband in my case) and ask "What can we make with these?"

STEP 3. Walk out into the garage and find handsome hubby creating a masterpiece! He started by using this rotor as the base. He welded a scrap piece of rod to the center and then added the two other gears (I was informed that they are not actually gears, but we are going to go with that term anyway) at varying points along the rod.

STEP 4. Pick up a lamp kit from your local department store and follow instructions for assembly.

STEP 5. Don't forget a fun finial!

STEP 6. Add a lampshade of your choice. This is a chic black drum shade from Wal-mart (gasp!) of all places. I was surprised to find exactly what I needed there.

STEP 7. Plug it in and turn it on to add ambience and function to any room. Here it is at home in our back entry way.

STEP 8. Have glass rounds cut to place atop the gears. We use ours as a charging station for our cell phones. But here are some other ideas...

  1. Try it in the living room with potted plants inserted into the gear centers.
  2. Place bowls into the center of the gears for serving snacks in the dining room.
  3. Contain paper clips in the office.
  4. Hold your keys in the entry.
  5. Nestle your glasses or other bedside needs.
  6. Serve as a spotlight for special objects you place on the gear shelves.

Industrial, chic, and functional! Get into gear!

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  1. Holy cow! THAT IS STINKIN' AWESOME! TRUE Trash to treasure, thanks for linking up!

  2. Alvin, that's a great idea!! Aren't you smart!

  3. You always have such great ideas for junk...and for the good stuff!

    The Texas Woman

  4. That is sooooo stinkin' neat! Send handsome hubby to my house... I have a few things in the garage... that... LOL

  5. Smarty pants! That lamp is too, too cool! Did you know I have an obsession with lighting? Well, I do! Thanks for sharing!


  6. Wow! Totally in love with this lamp and I'm thinking I'm in love with your husband for making it too! Very chic.....and creative! Guess I will just have to go listen to my husband play his guitar and dream about stuff like this....
    Have a great night!

  7. Wait until Robo Lady gets a gander at this...she'll just die!
    I think this is one of your best ideas yet. You had me at charging station until you mentioned spotlight. Me being me just stopped dead in her tracks. That's music to my ears. Got to get ol' C.D. to build me one of these babies!

  8. cool! cool! cool!

    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. yep, rain can seem yucky but is a blessing in disguise, isn't it? Kelly

  9. woot woot! love his one

    one of the best I've seen...the lamp just looks so right

  10. Nuh uh!! That is wicked cool!

  11. So nice ! Love all the pics ! Very creative and love the desk setting !
    HUgs ~ Kammy

  12. Very, very cool!!! :) Visiting from Kimba's party. :)

  13. Seriously, seriously, SERIOUSLY awesome!! Too bad I don't have a welding husband (although I'm sure my current husband is fine with that).

  14. LOVE IT!

    Feel free to check out my blog, it's brand new and still in the making...But, the link is http://oopsicraftmypants.blogspot.com

  15. Wow, that is so cool. My hubby would love that lamp.

  16. That is beautiful! Your photography is so amazing it's breathtaking.

    Thanks for joining me today

  17. That is AWESOME.

    Very cute.This is my first time to your site. Come for a visit--I have a give away going on.
    Its So Very Cheri

  18. All right, girl. This is AMAZING! I'm so impressed. I really, really, really like the lamp. Well done!

  19. Your project is amazing! Truly impressive. Industrial is so hot right now.

  20. Oh my good gosh. I just discovered this post. You are on my Today's Hot Find feature. I can't even fathom an exclamation mark because I'm in stun mode. I need gears. TODAY.

    Funky Junk Donna

  21. Awesome! Seriously cool! I sense a new venture!!


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