Modern DIY Floor Lamp with a Twist
Well hello there! I am not sure if any of you have recently done any window shopping for floor lamps, but let me tell you, they are not cheap. Most attractive and desirable lamps are between $80-$200+! I don’t know about you, but I do not love the aesthetic of a lamp enough to spend that kind of cash. As I have been focusing more on the improvement of my bedroom, I am working through pieces to spend money on and what to creatively DIY. Since I could not justify purchasing an expensive floor lamp, I began brainstorming ideas on how to create something unique while keeping cost low. I came up with this easy project! Here’s what I did:
Step 1: Brainstorm
I did a Pinterest search on build-your-own floor lamps and it returned a good variety of designs- many which I really liked! Although, several I would like to replicate in the future, I decided to go a different path from what I primarily found. Concrete and iron were two materials I wanted to incorporate. After several sketches, I developed an easy design that is sleek, modern and a bit edgy.
Step 2: Materials
Luckily, I had on hand leftover concrete mix from my mini-concrete planter project. The iron was a different story. I walked around Home Deport several minutes looking at different metal options. Several years ago I made a curtain rod out of electrical conduit and immediately knew that would do the trick. Inexpensive and light, yet sturdy and easy to work with. A 10′ piece of 3/4″ conduit is what I bought so I knew I’d have plenty for the project. I also asked a Home Depot electrical expert what would work best to join pieces of conduit together at a 90 degree angle. Below I have linked all the supplies you will need!
Step 3: Measure and cut
You may not believe me, but you only need two tools for this project. Yes, you heard me, only two! A flat head screw driver and a tube cutter. The tube cutter is so easy to use, so don’t be intimidated. Measure the conduit to the height you want your lamp . I made my first cut at six feet. My second cut was for the “arm” which I decided I wanted 11.5″ in length. You can chose whatever measurements you prefer.
Now to cutting! Simply take the tube cutter and place it around the conduit, on the measurement marking. Turn the knob until you cannot turn it any longer. Once tight, just start twisting around the conduit counterclockwise wise! Twist like you are twisting off a bottle cap. After a few twists, stop and retighten the knob. You may have to use some pliers to tighten the knob to be more efficient, but it can be done without. Continue this until the conduit is cut into two. Cut your next piece repeating the process above. Literally, that’s it!
Step 4: Spray paint
Next, I spray painted all my pieces with Rustoleum spray paint in the color black. I am going to incorporate more black metal into my room and wanted it to flow. You will be spraying the two pieces of conduit, the elbow and the conduit hanger. I made the mistake of not checking what can of paint I got and it ended up being a textured spray paint. It is not my favorite because the lamp is rougher to the touch, but it is a minor mistake and not noticeable to the eye.
Step 5: Concrete time!
So, you could do this step a couple ways. To cut costs, I went to the dollar store and bought three 4″x6″ round cardboard gift boxes. This was done so I could get the cylindrical shape of the base that I desired and because I could tear it off once the concrete was dry. I cut out the bottoms of two and used packing tape to secure them together. Feel free to be generous with the tape.
The second option is to spend $10 on a concrete forming tube from the Home Depot. You just have to put it to the desired height. Honestly, if I recreate this project I will just do this. It is sturdy and easy to use.
Once you have your cardboard form, mix the concrete according to package instructions and pour about six inches in the bottom. Be sure to tap the mold against the ground to get air bubbles out to smooth the sides against the mold. Hold the long pipe in place as you continue to pour the concrete around it. Once mixture is to the top of the mold, while holding the pipe, tap against the ground again. Do your best to ensure the pipe stays in the center of the concrete as you pour and tap. Pat the top of the concrete with your hands so it brings water to the top and will create a more smooth look.
Be sure to wipe any concrete off the pipe with a wet rag so it doesn’t dry. Allow concrete base to dry for 24 hours before removing the mold. You want it to be fully set before finishing the project. My base is six inches in diameter and 12 inches high. It is solid concrete but is easy to move and not ridiculously heavy.
Step 6: Assembly
Easiest part of the whole process. Place the elbow on the conduit cemented to the base, tighten down with your screw driver. Place the arm conduit into the other end and secure. Remove the pendant light from the packaging and decided how much you want to hang down from the arm. Once decided, wrap the cord once around the conduit hanger, slide the hanger onto the arm, and secure with the screw driver. Don’t skip this step otherwise the pendant might slide down and be longer than you want. Now wrap the remainder of the cord around the arm, elbow and down the vertical stand. Insert the beautiful Edison light bulb and turn it on.
That’s it! This project cost me about $45 because I bought a woven fabric cord pendant light and an Edison bulb, which together were just over $25. You can certainly decrease cost by searching more inexpensive options.
What do you think? Edgy, modern and easy to make! This lamp 100% will be a point of discussion in your space. It’s custom and pushes outside the boundaries of traditional. Feel free to take this project and customize it to fit your personality and style!
Hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspired you to push creative limits and dare to try something new! Thanks for reading and following along! Your support means more than you’ll ever know!
Bye for now babes,
hanger (I used 3/4″ sizing, pack of 4 available in stores)