A Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel gear junk lamp.
Welcome to those coming from Wendy’s own Knockoff at The Shabby Nest!
For my challenge, I was inspired by a Pottery Barn Warren Pulley Task Floor Lamp. Hmm… I liked it, but I desired a junky version of it. So my oil funnel gear junk lamp was born!
But I needed help, so I called on my artist buddy, Dan of Imagination Corporation. Dan specializes in themed environments (think Disneyland) and knows how to do anything (I can’t imagine!) so I was hoping for some guidance.
Now know… I would have loved to have done every single part of this lamp with my own two hands, but sadly, I didn’t earn the privilege. Yet. Dan played it safe and informed me that I needed proper welding training, so he let me art direct while he did the dirty work. THIS time.
Come to think if it, this help thing was a pretty sweet arrangement. I could get use to this!
I gathered up an oil funnel, gears, clothesline wheels, and landed an AMAZING rusty old stand at the Extreme Junkin’ for Rust shopping spree.
In a nutshell, chunks of metal were decided upon, then cut down to size,then welded together. Kind of like a game of stacking metal blocks.
I don’t have a mechanical mind where motors and pulleys come into play so I relied on Dan to set up how the thing would function if it were a real working gear mechanism.
He then let me choose what piece I wanted where, and made it happen.
A welder is kind of like a junker in their gathering methods. They have all these interesting metal things, such as that ball and squirrly thick wire that you see above. The more there is to play with, the more you can do. I’m liking the idea of being a welder just fine!
Remember my junker brother’s garage sale? Long ago Les picked up that neat old wagon wheel centre piece with me in mind and had just held onto it not knowing if I’d really like it. Um… I need a chat with Les me thinks. I loved it so much it got slipped onto the centre stage of the lamp. Cool!
In fact, I’ve gotten so much milage out of his junk ( hydrangea basket filled mantel / cupboards on a wall gallery / crates on a wall phone station / red bench coffee station ) I really hope he has another garage sale soon!
The oil funnel lamp shade was a crumply rumply perfect fit!
This next part was like decorating a house. The basic structure was there, but we needed some bling for the design to make sense. The clothesline wheels were outfitted with big nuts and bolts, then welded into place on the metal pipe to hold the electrical cord in place. This is one time you WANT to see those nasty cords!
Here’s the pulley side of the lamp…
… and the winding gear side. The middle gear has a handle so it really does look like a working mechanism!
The lamp base was cleaned up with a stiff wire brush, big nuts and bolts added for more bling, and this guy was ready to come home.
Oh my word this crazy thing is HEAVY. It took three of us to get it upstairs. LOL But worth it. Just don’t change your mind on what floor you want it to reside on!
A little gear was welded on the end of the pipe for some extra character. I adore the mix of rust and galvanized metal.
Stinkin’ cool or what! Are you still with me here or am I certified beyond hope at this point?
While the lamp is wired with some super cool heavy duty black cord, I still have to add the finishing touches. I’ll do a lamp wiring from scratch post soon as this was not from a kit.
Or maybe not… this was a pretty sweet deal! Just don’t tell Dan…
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Here’s all the rest!
Monday, October 21
1. Lindsay – Makely School for Girls
|2. Beth – Home Stories A to Z|
|3. Gina – Shabby Creek Cottage|
|4. Beckie – Infarrantly Creative|
|5. Emily – Decorchick!|
|6. Wendy – The Shabby Nest|
Tuesday, October 22
1. Donna – Funky Junk Interiors
|2. Jess and Monica – East Coast Creative|
|3. Jackie – Teal and Lime|
|4. Jen – Tatertots and Jello|
|5. Carmel – Our Fifth House|
Wednesday, October 23
1. Chris – Just a Girl
|2. Lindsay – The White Buffalo Styling Company|
|3. Melissa – The Inspired Room|
|4. Ana – Ana White|
|5. Marianne – Songbird|
|6. Karianne – Thistlewood Farms|
Thursday, October 24
1. Roeshel – DIY Showoff
|2. Sandra – Sawdust Girl|
|3. Jamie – C.R.A.F.T.|
|4. Cassity – Remodelaholic|
5. Melissa – 320 Sycamore
6. Mandi – Vintage Revivals
Friday, October 25
1. Ashley – The Handmade Home
|2. Stacy – Not JUST a Housewife|
|3. Traci – Beneath My Heart|
|4. Brooke – All Things Thrifty|
|5. Laura – Finding Home|
|6. Sarah – Sarah M Dorsey Designs|