*Thanks to Liquid Nails for partnering with me on this project.*
Need a side table ? Buy a lamp. No, seriously! Head to your local thrift store or stop by a yard sale and buy a lamp and a glass platter. Because this project is so simple you’ll never look at lamps the same way again. This project is super simple, it only took about 30 minutes of hands on time. I’ve never made a table without a saw, so this one was truly interesting (and fun!) to tackle. Want to make it? Then let’s get started!
How to Turn a Lamp into a Side Table
For this project, I used a few items:
- Metal Lamp (thrifted)
- Glass Platter (thrifted)
- Liquid Nails Fuze*It (available exclusively at The Home Depot)
- Spray Paint (works best with paint/primer combo)
I started with a metal lamp and a glass platter plus Liquid Nails Fuze*It, because it bonds almost everything to almost everything else. Plus, it dries in about 4 hours. Nice for an impatient DIYer like me.
First, cut the cord and take apart the lamp. See the hex nut on the bottom? Unscrew that and it will come apart in pieces. Those flat metal discs on the bottom are the weights that help keep the lamp balanced – so be sure to replace them before you finish up in the next step.
Remove the cord and the socket, then put the pieces back together on the rod. We didn’t put it together exactly the same as it came off. You usually have a little artistic license to rearrange the parts, because it comes off in small sections. It’s almost like a fun puzzle to put back together. Just make sure you have a lip at the top for the platter to sit on. Use the rod and screws to secure the parts together.
Next, this is where the magic happened. This is the first time we’ve tried this particular product, and I was super impressed with how well it worked. It creates a durable, flexible bond that is twice as strong as fasteners alone. And it can be applied interior and exterior in hot, cold, wet or dry environments to porous or smooth surfaces… which is good to know with the crazy weather we’ve been having this year.
So we put a bead around the top of the lamp (now side table) base with Liquid Nails Fuze*It, using a caulk gun, just like applying caulk. It went on very smoothly. It’s a tiny bit thicker than caulk is (which is understandable because it is adhesive and not caulk at all.)
We turned the platter upside down and centered the lamp base on it (upside down, too) and put it on the platter. Liquid Nails Fuze*It has instant grab to save time, and I only had to hold it a few minutes. Let it set upside down for 4 hours when it was good and secure, then spray painted the entire side table with a few coats.
If you’ve ever wanted to “make” a piece of furniture, but you’re scared by power tools, this one is definitely a good starter project. I don’t do a ton of upcycle projects, but this one turned out so pretty… I might find myself doing more and more of them! I don’t know if they’re all this easy (because using the Liquid Nails Fuze*It seriously did make it so simple) – but I’ll keep an eye out at yard sales and thrift stores. Taking something old and bringing it back to life was a fun challenge!
Speaking of challenge, I challenged some of my friends to join me in creating an upcycle project. Find all of their great ideas & projects below…
*Thanks so much to Liquid Nails Fuze*It for partnering with me on this project. All ideas, photos and opinions are 100% my own.*
This is an awesome idea. I have an old brass lamp in my garage almost exactly like yours. Thanks for the inspiration.
Sam @ Raggedy Bits says
So clever! I just love how you think outside the box! Now to find myself an old lamp base and try out some of that liquid nails! Thank you for sharing 🙂
Angie @ Knick of Time says
What a great idea, Gina – I love your new little table! I’ve got several lamps sitting in my workshop that I’ve never done anything with, so I’m happy to have an idea for them.
You’re a genius plus this is so simple to do and it makes me happy to know about all the possibilities of using old lamps turned into side tables.
michelle james says
Love this idea! I actually have an old lamp and was trying to think of something to do with it. This is perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!
Oh my goodness. I LOVE this. Now I am going to be on the look out on my next thrifting trip.
Thanks for the tips and tricks Gina. It is always fun to see what you have been up to lately.
Make it a great week.
Gina, what a great idea for how to make a darling table from a kind of dated looking lamp! love it! 🙂
Brittanie Pyper says
I LOVE your project. It’s so beautiful and the white pairs so well with that aqua chair (which happens to be one of my favorite colors). Thanks for sharing this. I’ve pinned and linked up this week!
This a a FANTASTIC idea!! You sorta blew my mind, ha! I’ll never look at a thrift store lamp in the same way again. 🙂
What a great way to reuse an old lamp. I am sharing this on Pinterest.
Gina Luker says
Thanks Roberta 🙂
We just downsized to a smaller living space, so have several tall lamps just like these to spare. I’ m headed to the garage right now! In need of a small-space table bedside. Perfect and I don’t have to leave the house, everything is right here!!
Gina Luker says
Yea!! So excited for you, I’m sure it’ll be perfect good luck and have fun!
This is so spectacular！！！Soooooooo chic!! Love it.:)
Gina Luker says