Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp

So excited to have Amanda from The Tale of an Ugly House here today, sharing this ADORABLE Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp!

Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp tutorial | oldsaltfarm.com

My husband and I have recently been transitioning our son’s room from a nursery to more of a big boy room. My son, Charlie has been over the moon to see all the new things coming into his room. One item that I just couldn’t settle on was a lamp. I wasn’t finding exactly what I was looking for when I went to the big box store. While flipping though a Pottery Barn Kids magazine one morning, I saw this adorable vintage truck lamp. Given that Charlie loves cars and trucks, it was perfect! The price however was not. $130 for a lamp for a two-year old was a bit much for me to spend. My mind immediately started brain storming. I remembered Hobby Lobby had a great selection of metal cars and trucks. So off to hobby Lobby I went!

Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp tutorial | oldsaltfarm.com

The truck I chose was only $14 with a coupon from their website. If you shop there, their coupons are a must!

Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp tutorial | oldsaltfarm.com

I used my drill and a drill bit that’s made for drilling through metal. I drilled a hole completely through the back of the truck to hold the post for the light.

Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp tutorial | oldsaltfarm.com

You can buy the post hardware and light kit at any home improvement store in the lighting department. I secured it washer and nut that came in the kit on the top and on the bottom of the truck to hold it in place.

Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp tutorial | oldsaltfarm.com

Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp tutorial | oldsaltfarm.com

Next I attached the light kit to the post. This was very simple. Be sure to follow the manufactures instructions. Just a heads up, I did not paint my post black until after I installed the light kit… not the best idea! If you choose to paint your post, it’s much easier to do so before you install the light kit.

I picked up my lamp shade at Target. You can use any standard shade you want. I chose just a simple, white shade.

Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp tutorial | oldsaltfarm.com

I decided to dress it up a bit by adding black ribbon along the top and bottom of the shade. I used just a tiny bit of hot glue to hold it in place.

Just attach the shade and it’s ready to go!

Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp tutorial | oldsaltfarm.com

Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp tutorial | oldsaltfarm.com

It’s such a fun little lamp and it only cost around $30! The best part was my sons reaction. He said, “Oh wow!” I can already tell it’s going to see a lot of love for years to come!

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3 Comments

  1. That is a great idea! I am searching for a unique lamp. All I need to do is find a base and hopefully I can make mine too! I love Hobby Lobby, that truck is just too cute. Thank You for sharing this DIY project!

  2. I love this!! I was just going to bite the bullet and buy the pottery barn lamp and it’s no longer available! I am so glad I stumbled across his and can make my own for MUCH cheaper!! Could you post a link to buy gr light kit? I am not finding one. Thanks!

    1. I’m so glad you found this post!! It was actually written by a guest contributor, and I’m sure she would be happy to help. Here’s the link to her contact page: https://sincerelymariedesigns.com/contact-me/

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