Here's what you need to do the same:
- A piece of ceramic that you like and are willing to turn into a lamp ... forever (there is no un-doing after you've started this project)
- A lamp kit (less than $10.00 and found at your local hardware store)
- Paint (if you don't like the color of your ceramic piece)
- The ability to drill a hole into the top of the ceramic (you can either use a hand drill or spend a little time and patience using a file)
- A lamp shade
First, you're going to need to drill a hole into the top of your ceramic, where you want the lightbulb to live. It's important to be very careful during this step as you could easily wind up with a pile of ceramic instead of the first part of a lamp. I recommend taping off the area around where you're drilling to keep the ceramic from cracking. So, by yourself if you're so inclined, or with the help of a tool savvy friend (Thanks Glenn!) drill a hole big enough to fit the rod in your lamp kit.
Once you've got the hole drilled, it's time to install the lamp kit. Using the directions in the package install the kit. Seriously. It's that easy. When you're done, add a bulb to the lamp and plug it in. It would be a shame to get all the way to the last step to find out that you didn't wire the lamp correctly. Test it. You'll be glad you did!
If your new lamp isn't the color you want, take it outside and spray paint it. If you're going for an Adler-esque look like I was, there's nothing better than a little white spray paint. It will really change the look of your lamp. Don't forget to tape off the metal on the lamp kit - you don't want to paint this part!
Add a lamp shade and voila! An adorable new lamp courtesy of you. So, the next time you see a piece of ceramic in a fun shape, consider the possibilities. Who says the only way you can have a designer lamp is by buying it from a designer? Be your own designer!