Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hobnail Lamp Globe

The Husband and I made a recent trip to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore
on a "gad-about" day.
That's a day where we climb into the SUV and go "gab-abouting" the town.
Running errands,
stopping here and there,
having lunch,
and always bringing some new project home with us.
While searching and scrounging and digging and pawing through the piles at The ReStore,
I came across this little ceiling fixture.

I loved the hobnailed look of the glass globe.
The green sticker on it said $5.00.
All green stickers that week were 75% off.
That made this little gem a mere $1.25.
I had no clue where I was going to use it, but for that price,
there was no question that treasure was coming home with me.

Later that afternoon,
I stood at my prairie workbench, picked up that little light fixture,
turned it over and over in my hands and wondered where to hang it.

I leaned over to switch on my vintage floor lamp,
(read about it here)...

and had an Aha! moment. 

I immediately got to work removing the globe from the fixture, 
pulling out wire, wire cutters, needle nose pliers,
and some necklace chain I had stashed away in my supplies.

I wrapped the chain around the lip of the globe and using the clasp,
attached it tightly,
adding a loop of wire just for added security.
It fit nice and snug.

The extra chain was clipped off.

Two more chain necklace pieces were attached to the first piece
with the clasps on the necklaces.

I held it up to the light bulb to measure how much of the two chains needed to be removed.

After attaching the two chains together with an extra link,
I had a sweet little vintage looking hobnail glass globe
for my prairie floor lamp.

It cut the glare of the bare light bulb...

and added a sparkly touch of warmth to the room.

Cheers to those little Aha moments in life!

Next week:

Box-Store Ugly Stool to Sweet Rustic Prairie Stool

~  Blessings  ~

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  1. Hi Laurie I'm here! it was a long walk but I made it! Lol I love! what you did with the light fixture great idea!!! and I love that table so much!!!! so glad you had a great time with your Honey... Hugs! Val :)

  2. That is so clever and creative! Loved your barn doors from last week!

  3. sweet transformation, hobnail hottie!


  4. That is so lovely! Great job...I love Restore!

  5. Love it! So creative, I think the chain is great with the more delicate globe.
    - Lora

  6. Very cute....looks great! (and what a steal too) :)

  7. Ingeniousity...that's what you have my dear. This is just too stinkin cute!


  8. That globe is the perfect touch for your lamp. How very clever!

  9. Girl, you are having some great aha moments lately! Love your beautiful creations...all of them...this great lamp included.

    Still absolutely loving that table...

  10. It's all so dreamy licious! I always enjoy my visits over here so much inspiration.I appreciate the fact that it's all yours and not just sharing others photos/style, that's why I enjoy Tausha and Rachel's blogs so much too.Just keep um comin! ~Kim, xoxo

  11. Dear Laurie - your DIY lamp is so beautiful and a super idea ! Wishing you a wonderful weekend, hug, Barbara

  12. Great, great idea. Beautiful, you are amazing. Have a nice day
    xoxo Vlaďka

  13. Hi Laurie, Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment about my 'Scenes from the Side of the Road' post. Your vintage floor lamp is just beautiful. The globe looks as is it was original to the lamp. It turned out perfectly.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Pieced Pastimes

  14. Ingenious! Great idea and such a pretty transformation!

  15. I admire your ingenuity! Lovely way you have styled your shelf with your beautiful things!

  16. Hi Laurie, I'm MIBI your blog, I love the beautiful pictures of your interior ...
    The lamp is gorgeous! Lovely pillows with ruffles on the shelf :)
    It is a pleasure for the heart to view it all! Have a great weekend! Romana

  17. Sometimes I think our subconscious minds know just why we need to buy these little treasures when they speak to us! I admire how you came up with the design using the chains that is so charming (and practical). xoxo

  18. That looks really great. Wonderful idea!

  19. Ahhh.... beautifully done Laurie. It was the perfect finishing touch.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  20. You clever girl! I have a lamp almost identical to this, but it needs to be wired, and I have a light fixture just like this in my hallway, waiting to be replaced... I see a project in my near future. I always get into trouble when I visit you!

  21. Aren't you smart! It looks wonderful & so pretty!

  22. So Crafty! Wow- and I never knew those were called hobnails- very cool.

    Thanks for sharing on the Photo Friday Blog Hop.

    We hope you have a blessed week.


  23. neat idea! you have a sweet talent with crafts :)

  24. Laurie,
    This is a precious Aha moment, indeed, dear friend!!!
    I love it when that happens!!!
    Thanks for inspiring me today to look beyond and see the beauty waiting to shine brightly with a vision!!!

  25. Oh yes I do love thos ah ha moments! What a pretty light!And it is a one of a kind!Looks perfect in your beautiful home!

  26. What a great aha!!! How did you come up with the chain idea? It looks perfect for that lamp! Thanks for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  27. I love a good aha moment! Your lamp looks beautiful! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  28. How cool is that! Found you on Farmgirl Friday and I would love to have you share this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today!

  29. Very cool! I have an old floor lamp that needs a globe; thanks for the inspiration! :)

  30. The lamp is so improved. Well done. I posted on my blog today with a link to your blog, saying that I read a quote here a while ago, and it inspired my post.

  31. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  32. I loved that sweet lamp before but I also love the change! Still reeling from your amazing purchase.... $1.25! Unbelievable!!! And so happy for you as it needed a good home and a makeover. And that globe find the perfect place to rest!!

  33. Laurie,
    That is such a wonderful creative idea. You are one talented lady. I love what you did with that globe/light fixture...sharing on my Facebook page and thank you for sharing on our The Creative Blog Hop at dolly's designs....

  34. Well done Laurie, I'm hopping over from Anita's to leave you some hugs!

  35. That looks gorgeous Laurie!!!
    And I'm still insanely jealous of the table - God it looks gorgeous - especially with the linen tucked in the shelf.
    Beautiful - just beautiful!!!

  36. Laurie, I love anything hobnail. This really dressed your space up. Looks fab! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  37. Make sure you pop over to Shabbiliicous Friday tomorrow Laurie... I'll be featuring this project at the party :)

  38. Beautiful! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  39. Truly brilliant! Love your sweet lamp and your "aha" moment.

  40. Hi Laure,
    Congrats! You are featured at Dandelion House this week on the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! I love your hobnail lamp project! Thank you for sharing it!

  41. It looks great and really is shown off well on your lamp...great idea!

  42. I just bought two hobnail globes...with something like this in mind. Now, I just need the right lamp!

    Thanks for posting!

  43. That corner is simply marvelous!
    Great charm!

  44. Hi Laurie,
    You're such a clever lady. I love how it turned out and that whole corner is just lovely. I'm seriously having pillow envy. Thanks so much for sharing at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  45. Wow! Now that's a bargain and it turned out to be such a pretty little piece of "lamp jewelry"!

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  46. I am thrilled that I came across your post! I purchased an old floor lamp last year, I love it but it's missing the shade/globe or whatever came on it. I've looked and looked for a shade though I don' think they are made anymore for the style that I have. Your aha moment has my mind turning, so now I'll be on the lookout for a globe to attach in a similar form as you did.
    Your lamp looks amazing btw! Love it.

  47. This is FABULOUS Laurie!! You are featured tonight at Pretty Things @ twelveOeight. Have a wonderful day :)

    xo, Tanya

  48. Thank you for linking up at Fluster's Creative Muster. Hope to see you next week!

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  49. Hobnail Lamp Globe. The Husband and I made a recent trip to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on a "gad-about" day. That's a day where we ...


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