Happy Swap Day!!

October 7, 2015 | Before & After, Decor, Lighting, thrifting, Treasure Hunting

It may be Hump Day, but today is also something even better- it’s Swap Day!! Swap it like it’s hot!

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If you’re visiting from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body, WELCOME!  Kick off your shoes and make yourself comfortable.

Here’s a quick recap of what it means to #swapitlikeitshot: 40 bloggers went thrift shopping with $10 in their pockets.  We all sent our treasures to another blogger for them to re-envision, revamp, and DIY.  All week, different bloggers will be sharing their projects (all the links at the bottom) and it’s already a pretty epic week with the projects I’ve seen so far!

For my project, Tasha (Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body) sent me a head scratcher.  Not literally of course, but I was pretty stumped for several weeks.

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Until finally a light bulb went off.  Pun totally intended, because I turned it into a lamp!

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I started with the wood object (?), a dowel, 2 IKEA SEKOND cord kits, and 2 IKEA VACKERT candle holders.

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First thing first- I used my chop saw to trim the bottom of the wood object so that it would sit level on the table.

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I also used the chop saw to cut the dowel to size and stain I had on hand to make it a similar color to the base.  Once that was dry, I drilled a hole in the top of the object handle so that I could screw the dowel on.  A piece did splinter off as I was doing this, but I was able to glue it right back in place.

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Next for the lamp part, I needed to cut a hole in the bottom of the candle holders.  I was really hoping I could use a hole saw and it would go swimmingly and be happy ever after, but the hole saw was not the right tool to cut through this- it got stuck the second it touched the metal.  Instead, I drilled a series of holes, then connected the dots by cutting with my metal snips.

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This needed some filing after, but still was effective.

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Then it was time to put it all together!  I wanted it to be rustic and casual, so I tried to tie and drape the cords onto the newly created “T” base.

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The cord kits were still a bit stiff because they’re straight out of the package, but I imagine they’ll relax a bit with more use.    I was afraid it would just look messy in the end, but I kinda dig the outcome.  It’s playful and a bit industrial.

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It has a fun glow when lit too.  These candle-holder-turned-shades were definitely the right choice, I love how the light plays in the slats.

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Pop on over to White House Black Shutters to see what Ann Marie made with the objects I sent her!  Thanks Charlotte (Ciburbanity) for organizing this great event yet again!!
Also, check back here Friday to see the first part of Dori the fliphouse’s FINAL REVEAL!

Tune in all week to see the crazy items this talented group of bloggers has been making over! Search the hashtag #swapitlikeitshot on social media to follow along with all the fun or check out our Pinterest Board.

MONDAY

That’s My Letter / DIY On the Cheap / Run To Radiance / The Gathered Home

Two Thirty Five Designs / Chaotically Creative / Decor Adventures / Homemade By Carmona

TUESDAY

Thoughts From Alice / Reinvented / Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer / Restoration Redoux

Always Never Done / I Am a Homemaker / Black and White Obsession / Windgate Lane

WEDNESDAY

Town and Country Living / brepurposed / The Charming Farmer / 58 Water Street

Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body / Year of Serendipity / White House Black Shutters / Desert Domicile

THURSDAY

Two Purple Couches / Like A Saturday / Finding Silver Pennies / Artsy Chicks Rule

Something to Be Found / Shades of Blue Interiors / Simple Designing / Our Southern Home

FRIDAY

Evey’s Creations / Dragonfly and Lilypads / Weekend Craft / Ciburbanity

A Designer At Home / Polished Habitat / Blue i Style / Addicted 2 DIY

25 thoughts on “Happy Swap Day!!”

  1. Whoa…. That was an insanely creative way to repurpose that mystery object! (No idea what it was originally!) So genius!

    1. Thanks! Yeah… I couldn’t figure out what it was supposed to be either- a butter churn or rug beater or something along those lines maybe?

  2. Wow, I gotta say that turned out amazing! I would have never thought to use candle holders for light shades, but I agree- the industrial effect that it gives against the wood is amazing. What a fantastic light!!

  3. OMG! Love, love, love what you came up with for this piece! When I sent it to you, the only ideas I had come up with for it were a jewelry holder or a paper towel dispenser of some sort. What you came up with is so much better–great job!

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