One of the most decorative and yet utilitarian items for the home is the lighting, in particular decorative lighting such as table or floor lamps and hanging fixtures. While the standard urn shaped base topped with a round shade is always the easy go-to, there are so many other distinct ways to light your space in style. Best of all, there are many creative DIY options when it comes to shades and bases that won’t break the bank.
Nearly anything that is sturdy and can be drilled can be turned into a lamp base. While it’s not a great idea to drill into a priceless antique, there are many old pieces that have been given new life when they are converted into beautiful lamps.
Galvanized milk jugs: Back in the late 60’s, my Dad had a pair of vintage galvanized steel milk jugs turned into lamp bases and topped with burlap barrel shades. These lamps were in regular use in the family home for nearly 30 years and never went out of style. With vintage and upcycled goods being all the rage currently, this pair of lamps would still be in demand.
Metal baskets: In 2010, the HGTV Green Home in Plymouth, Massachusetts featured a quirky pendant light over the dining table that was made from an inverted metal basket hung from a chain. While that particular piece came from Found in Houston (an emporium that sells unusual light fixtures restored rewired by Houston electricians, as well as high end restored home furnishings), it would certainly be an easy project to fit out any similarly shaped basket with a light kit, found at any home improvement store.