Okay, tripod is a stretch I think. I really don’t know what this thing was/is.
When I bought it the tag said “towel holder”, so… I dunno, I guess it’s a towel holder? Not much of a space saver…
Whatever. It doesn’t really matter what it was or what it wasn’t because now, it’s a lamp. I did this using a lamp kit (affiliate link) I picked up from Home Depot. I also bought set of threaded nipples and some washers just in case. If you are simply rewiring a lamp, the lamp should already have a threaded nipple on it. Since the threaded nipple isn’t included in the lamp kit and I wasn’t starting with a lamp, I had to get a package of those to make the whole thing work.
I don’t consider this a tutorial. The back of the lamp kit package has super detailed, super easy instructions on how to do assemble it, so giving you a step by step here would be totally redundant (all you need are some pliers and a Phillips-head screw driver). This tripod lamp thing has been done several times over and I’m sure you’ve seen something similar online somewhere. I did have to overcome a few obstacles as far as the wiring goes so I’m hoping that sharing those with you will help you turn that rando thing in the corner of your basement into a lamp.
When I took off the towel holder arms and the little silver thing that held them on, this is what it looked like. That little hole went pretty much nowhere, which was a problem because I needed to be able to run the wire somewhere. Drilling a hole the length of the wooden rod wasn’t something I even wanted to think about.
So, I used a drill bit to drill a horizontal hole a little way down from the top and into the center to meet up with the vertical hole to make a little L-shape.
Then I ran the wire through the side hole and out through the top. Problem number one solved.
So, this next part was a huge pain in the butt. This little hat shaped piece is what holds the silver thing that holds the wooden arms. This is getting super technical, y’all. This little hat thing had a hole in it that happened to be the exact same size as the threaded nipple (giggle). So, while I thought it was going to be super easy to just thread this thing through that hole, I was so wrong. After several attempts to make the hole larger I went with a tried and true Dena technique, if it doesn’t fit, effing force it. I put the little hat thing on a piece of wood, held the nipple in place (’cause you know how slippery nipples can be) and hammered it into the hole using a rubber mallet. It is in there, y’all.
Then I continued following the instructions on the lamp kit and wired the little baby all together and put the harp on it. Again, the lamp assembly was very, very easy.
This is the part where I realized that the lamp shade I had was made to be a pendant shade and wouldn’t work with a harp and finial, so…. I went a took a nap. Sometimes you just gotta sleep it off, reset and start over. When I woke up, I hit HD for some washers to try to fix this li’l problem.
I had to get two washers to fill the pendant hole. One was large enough to cover the pendant hole and the other had an inner hole small enough to accommodate the finial. I added a few dots of Gorilla Glue (affiliate link) clamped them together, and then when they were dry, added a few more drops of glue and clamped them to the lamp shade. Problem two solved.
Now the harp and finial will work with this shade.
I stuck it over in the corner behind Hubs office space in the basement/Cowboys/Media room.
This room is huge and kind of an after-thought full of thrifted or hand-me-down items. Don’t judge, just check out the lamp.
So what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen made into a lamp? I really have an itch to see a 3 ft tall stuffed giraffe turned into a lamp.
And do you have any idea what that thing really is?!