Part 1 – A Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel gear junk lamp

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp from rusty junk!

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp from rusty junk!
How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp from rusty junk! 

A Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel gear junk lamp.

Part 2 – How I wired the lamp is HERE.

Shabby Nest 

Welcome to those coming from Wendy’s own Knockoff at The Shabby Nest!

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New to Makely School for Girls Knocktoberfest? Every day this week up to 6 bloggers will be sharing their own knockoff projects. Visit all the projects link up style as they go live HERE.

Here’s mine!

Pottery Barn Warren Pulley Task Floor Lamp

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!

Sawatzky's Imagination Corporation

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!

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp from rusty junk!

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp from rusty junk!

I gathered up an oil funnel, gears, clothesline wheels, and landed an AMAZING rusty old stand at the Extreme Junkin’ for Rust shopping spree. 

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp from rusty junk!

 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. 

Welding metal lamp parts together, part of / A Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel gear junk lamp, via

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!

An antique wheel centre becomes part of a junk lamp!

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! 

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp with rusty junk!

 The oil funnel lamp shade was a crumply rumply perfect fit! 

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp with rusty junk!

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!

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp with rusty junk!

Here’s the pulley side of the lamp… 

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp with rusty junk!

 … 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!

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp with rusty junk!

A little gear was welded on the end of the pipe for some extra character. I adore the mix of rust and galvanized metal.

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp with rusty junk!

Stinkin’ cool or what! Are you still with me here or am I certified beyond hope at this point?

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp with rusty junk!

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp with rusty junk!

 Please pin the above image from HERE… pin feature is broken.

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.

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel lamp with rusty junk!
My oil funnel junk lamp is absolutely perfect for my junk inspired home! And you can bet welding lessons are on my to do list!

Or maybe not… this was a pretty sweet deal! Just don’t tell Dan…

How I wired the lamp is HERE


For Tuesday Knockoff #2, visit East Coast Creative live now!

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


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85 thoughts on “Part 1 – A Pottery Barn inspired oil funnel gear junk lamp

  1. WOW! I am in love with this lamp, any chance you want to visit MA and make one of these for me lol! You did an incredible job, this is Fantastic!!

  2. WOW Donna, I love this! This is what I call classy junk. Makes me want a shop and to learn welding. Well, makes me want a shop and to know a Dan 🙂

  3. I am so with you and you ARE certifiable. To solve the problem, you should give me the lamp for my birthday! I have one coming up sometime this year!

    Seriously, this is beyond cool and I would never get rid of it, if I were you!

  4. WOW. That is awesome. I was wondering about Dan, you hadn’t mentioned him in a long time. I’m glad that he is still around to help you and now with a new job in the horizon, learning how to weld. Don’t know if your neck will take that heavy helmet though. Thanks for sharing. Just awesome.

    • Ha! You know me well Joani! I coasted for a good long time with the last chunk of knowledge he shot my way. But I admit I’m anxious to keep learning. I need to have this welding gig in my life. Soon!

      The helmet wasn’t too bad! I wore one while he worked so I could take pictures.

  5. Incredible!!!, Your lamp makes Pottery Barns lamp look like a piece of junk!!!…heheehh. I am overwhelmed by your creativity!

  6. i gotta pass on something. this really irks me, and i think that you, as a blogger, should see.

    i appreciated (immensely) what you offer on your site. you are funny, knowledgable and sincere. you give us tips and offer insight to your inner workings. you are personable and intuitive. i am proud that you are on my blog list…a place where i can go everyday just so i can have a peek into what you want to share of your life.

    so, check this out: (i think many people are going to be upset with martha stewart for saying these things. and i do aim to pass the word!)

    i will take you or any other blogger over martha any day. i have not, nor will i ever, subscribe to anything that i know to have had her hands in it.

    best wishes, and as always, gimme more!

  7. That is crazy cool! My son is a pipefitter…and I’m thinking I need to put his welding skills to some neat projects (and get him to teach me!).

  8. Donna ~ this has to be one of the greatest projects you have shared. It goes way beyond the “knock off” quality. It is so unique and a real piece of art. It is so unique, right down to each and every detail. You are an artist, for sure! You take an idea and run with it. I am sure Dan had fun helping you. Hands on craftsmen usually appreciate the work of others/creativity of others. Blessings ~ Brenda

    • You nailed it Brenda! We had a blast with this! It’s so funny though… Dan specializes in faux and I need the real deal yet we both love rust no matter how we get it! Good thing the common denominator made this work! LOL

  9. I love yours way more than the pottery barn one!!!! It is just so freakin cool!!!!! Where can I get me a Dan??? Seriously, do they sell them on Etsy??? Gotta love that guy!

  10. I LOVE this! I’ve had welding on my bucket list for a while and this project just makes the “itch” even worse. I think what I like most about the lamp is the wagon wheel center. If you had not rescued it, who knows where it might have ended up? And those gears – awesome! Love, love, love!

  11. Hi, it’s so cool to see someone who shares the same visions for repurposing. I love all sorts of styles from primitive, industrial, steam punk, etc.. Really like the light it has great character. look forward to seeing more of your work.

  12. Donna, this by far, is to me the coolest creation you have posted. I am in awe and inspired. Isn’t that the neat thing about junk? No creation is ever the same, each one is a masterpiece. BRAVO! Keep it up!

  13. Yep, you did it, you just fell off the deep end with this one 😉
    No, I love it, and I like yours much better than the original one. You have some amazing helpfull people in your life. Between your brother and Dan and your imagination you have blog fooder for years. Looking forward to it already!

  14. Really creative. I took a welding class at my community college. It is a skill; one that would take me awhile to develop. You have an interesting mind Donna to have fashioned this. Really cool.

  15. TOTALLY “stinkin’ cool”!!!!!!! I absolutely MUST learn to weld! 🙂 That is completely gorgeous in such an artsy and homey way. If you get bored with it…. just lemme know! 🙂

  16. This is way better than the Pottery Barn lamp. I’m into steampunk and Pinned it to my Steampunkstuff. Now, I wish I knew how to weld!

  17. Donna, the lamp is great….fits you to a “T”! Is that Dan’s workshop…I found myself looking at the walls and shelves, and floor to see what other great goodies he had in there! Cool space! So sweet of him to help you with the lamp. A good friend to have around, for sure.

  18. I love it, I saw the original in the Pottery Barn catalog and was deciding if “breaking” the bank was worth it! ( For the smaller table top version) My writing nook is in an upper loft of our barn, and is rustic shabby chic! I have a friend whose son is a welder and seeing your adaptation and knowing of a bin that exists full of space stuff ~ I am so inspired. Thank you!

  19. Just had to go back and look at everything else in Dan’s shop – he’s crazy talented!! But then again so are you!! Love the lamp, it’s utterly amazing!!! Love how you inspire me to take a second look at that rusty pile of junk and see what I can come up with!

  20. That is the coolest looking lamp. While I was reading the post I was thinking it must weigh a ton! And I had a giggle when you said about trying to get it into place. Love to see a photo of it turned on in the night!?

  21. Donna, your lamp is absolutely wonderful and I love it BUT . . . tell Dan I am major intrigued/in love with (what looks like) a draft mule in working harness that you gave us a glimpse of in one of the shots. Boy oh boy, do I have THE PERFECT spot in the barn for that!! Well done on the lamp and thanks again for sharing with us. I think of you all as family!

  22. Lovely lamp!!!wish my brothers were closer to help with projects.Younger brother would love your creations if he was on-line more.Built his home with high quality leftovers from different jobs(builder/contractor).I love your decorating sensibilities. old,rusty etc…… thank you for your inspiration & bravery !!!

  23. You’re absolutely right! Stinkin’ cool! Love it! I’m lusting after something similar but don’t want to (won’t) spend the money on it. Just recently I’ve been wondering if I could put some pieces together into something similar. You are inspiring me to go there! Thanks!

  24. I was looking for some fun project ideas and was reeled in by your funky junk. I will be honest, I expected to find a site showing me how to make assorted pencil holders with soup cans and such. I did not expect to see what you have done. It truly is a site of wonderful art. I have been in a trance, day dreaming about where this would go in my home. You have an amazing talent. I will never look at an oil can the same and my husband will never allow me in his garage again. You have also given purpose to an antique crib spring that’s been in our garage rafters. Thank you for making my life exciting and my junk fun.

    • Wow Laura, this is the nicest compliment ever! I do have the soup can mentality going on here too, (haha!) but it’s generally about a little more than that, I agree. I love to make useful things we’d have in our home anyway, but with a unique twist. Glad you liked the lamp! Isn’t it crazy?!

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