Well, our 12 contestants killed it this week with unbelievable, insanely good knockoff projects for Round 1 of #CWTS2014. If you haven’t seen the projects or cast your vote, do that right now! Go ahead, this post will wait. And if you’re new here, welcome! You can catch up on all the latest and greatest Creating with the Stars news here.
Last year, Monica and I played along each round and did our own projects that we shared with all of you. Unfortunately, with our crazy TV schedule, we knew we couldn’t do each round justice, so we invited our pal (and last year’s Creating with the Stars winner!) Sarah, from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs, to create a project each week to inspire you. She said yes! Woohoo! This girl is so incredibly talented- we sang her praises last week, so we’ll keep it short, but you guys are in for a treat. So, hey there, Sarah, the floors all yours!
Hi East Coast Creative friends! It’s Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs and I’m SO excited that EC2 asked me to share a knockoff project here! After all, I LOVE knocking things off! There is nothing better than getting a similar look for less!
When I first saw Robert Abbey’s Delta table lamp, it was love at first sight! The shape is amazing, I also love that it comes in a variety of bold colors.
I recently made a few office accessories out of mat board, which got me thinking… since the accessories were surprisingly sturdy, why not a lamp base too?
The lamp is constructed using a $2 thrifted lamp, a custom designed template – referencing the Robert Abbey lamp, and mat board.
Here’s all the supplies used:
– old lamp or lamp kit
– mat board(20″x30″)
– wood filler
– sanding block (medium + fine)
– wood block (add weight to base)
– painter’s tape
-metal ruler / xacto knife
– drill (optional can substitute xacto knife)
Here’s how we did it!
First, we printed the template (6 of each triangle) (1 of each hexagon). You can download our template, here (print on 8.5″ x 11″). I roughly cut the shape out so they would fit tightly on the mat board. Then we used spray adhesive to attach the pieces to the back of the mat board.
Here’s how they fit together.
Sand the wood filler with a medium grit sanding block, and finish with a fine grit sanding block. At this point, you’ll notice how sturdy the base it. I pressed fairly hard and sanded a good bit to make sure that the wood filler was even. I didn’t have any issues with it caving in or breaking.
After removing the dust, finish with paint! To cover the top of the threaded rod, we used the top of an old lamp – it just slide over the rod. We then reattached the socket and that was it!
I paired it with Target’s large drum shade.
I’m obsessed!! LOVE it!!
Here’s the breakdown of cost and time.
Thrifted lamp $2 (plus a few lamp parts from other thrifted lamps)
Mat board $3 (20″x30″)
Spray paint ~$6 (used about half of each can)
Wood filler / glue / sandpaper $0 (on hand)
1×4 ($0 from scrap pile of Home Depot)
Total $11, ($35 with lamp shade) pretty good compared to the $183 Robert Abbey version!
Preparing template + cutting out the mat board 1.5 hrs
Gluing mat board 2 hrs
Assembling the rest of the lamp .5 hr
Wood filler and sanding 2 hrs
Painting + drying time 2 hrs
Total 8 hrs, so not a huge time investment!
I’m so glad that we tried DIYing before buying! I love how our version came out!
We love that lamp and the color she chose. So so pretty! Another awesome project to add to the 12 ridiculously good knockoff projects from this year’s CWTS contestants.
Now it’s your turn!
We want to see your best knock off, so link them up below. You’re playing for a chance to be featured here on our blog later this week and for an awesome prize pack! Don’t forget to link back to us on your post to let everyone know that you’re playing along with #cwts2014!
Only a few more hours to vote for your favorites! Check back tomorrow to see which 9 contestants are moving forward to Round 2!
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