March 08, 2012

Vintage Projector Lamp

Back when I purchased THESE nesting tables, the girl who sold them to me asked if I wanted to buy an old projector she had as well.  I thought it was really cool and so I took the tables and the projector home. 


I thought it would look pretty in my craft area and then a couple months later my sister found this lamp on the Anthropologie web site.  Their price?  $598 (horrid choking noise)


I was enthralled with the idea, though.  My projector HAD to become a lamp.  It had a destiny.  Here is mine now.  (It's currently missing one reel due to my cute boys, but I think it'll turn up soon :)


I bought a lamp kit at the Depot.  I am not an expert with electrical things, so I called in some reinforcements.  My Dad took the projector apart and worked some magic.



He was able to use an existing hole for the lamp to sit in, but it sat a little too low.


He got a longer threaded pipe to bolt on, making it the perfect height.  I planned on buying a lamp shade, but my mom said she had a few she wasn't using.  One of them was the right color and kind of square-like and I really liked it.  It reminded me of the shade on the inspiration lamp.


And my dad even made the cord come right out the back nicely.  Yay!


I love how it looks on the nesting tables.


I also like that it's a totally unique piece....but not a $600 one :)


I have a couple more fun projects for this new crafting space that I'm really excited to share.

Thanks for dropping in.

38 comments:

  1. Wow, this is fabulous! It's such an awesome looking lamp. Your dad and mom are so nice to help out.

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  3. Wow! I love it! I wish I could borrow you for a few weeks so you could give me great ideas for my house. :-) Your house and projects are amazing. I love the fabric for your curtains. Can you tell me where you got it?

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  4. That looks AWESOME!!!! your dad rocks!!! i am not a lamp with lamp shade person and i am drooling over that lamp!! great job!

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  5. That's fantastic! I love it! And I love your nesting tables!

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  6. Very cool! I have seen some really neat lamp kit projects but I think this one takes the cake, how cool is that.

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  7. My favorite part is the missing reel, due to the cute boys. Thanks for keeping it reels - wahahaaa I crack myself up!

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  8. That is the most incredible thing I have ever seen! No lie. I might just have to come steal it from you. :)

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  9. Love, love, love!!! I'm sure if you offered a piece of candy or an ice cream as a reward for the missing reel, said cute boys would produce it, in a hurry! ;)

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  10. I'm amazed and inspired! This is incredible!!!

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  11. Cheri, the lamp is amazing! I love, love, love it! I agree with Keli, and I'd also love to borrow your dad, too! He is so talented.

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  12. How fun. I absolutely love it! Very classy, and don't you love when your mom has something she doesn't need anymore? It's the best. :)

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  13. Isn't that a great find? It turned out really cute! I love making lamps out of vases and lanterns, and I love having unique lamps. Can't wait to see your office.

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  14. That is FANTASTIC I can't get over how awesome it is! Nice find!

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  15. I love your take on that lamp! I also love that you recognize how crazy-expensive some things are; we'd end up paying an awful lot for their advertising, if we didn't realize how simple some things are to DIY! Anthropologie's wedding site, BHLDN, recently listed this for sale, too: a $78 treat pedestal like the ones DIY'ers have been making from thrift store finds for years now. Crazy!

    http://www.bhldn.com/the%2Dshop%5Fdecor%5Ftabletop/vintage%2Dtreat%2Dpedestal%2Dchloe

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  16. The lamp is amazing! You are so creative and your Dad rocks! It's so cool that you guys work on projects together : )

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  17. OH my word I L.O.V.E. this! So pinning it and now kicking myself for NOT buying the projector at the thrift store last month... I am on the hunt now!! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I actually think yours looks better than the original. I love it!

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  19. So cool. You know it's no fair to have your dad close enough to do the wiring. I think the rules state that it must be completely done by you. You've read the rules right? Awesome.

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  20. so perfect! I wish my dad were closer. He loves projects and is always making something. Yay for awesome finds, creative minds, and helpful family :)

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  21. It's really cute)) Your ideas are so fabulous. In my country we selebrate The Women's Day today. So, congratulations!
    Aljona from the faraway Belarus

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  22. No stinking way! Your lamp looks amazing! My husband started out after grad school as a lighting engineer. He'd love me to ask him to help me do this! Now...where to find a vintage projector?!?

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  23. That is seriousy freaking cool:) LOVE LOVE LOVE:)

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  24. That is awesome!!!

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  25. Holy crap that is brilliant! Especially on the nesting tables! I found one of these projectors at the Goodwill for $8 and gave it to my sis tor her b-day... now to pass this on. :)

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  26. Totally unrelated, but where did you get those curtains? I'm in love with them and the lamp.

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    1. The curtains are fabric purchased from a local fabric store here in Utah. It's called Home Fabrics and the selection and prices are great. However, they sell out of good fabric quickly, so I don't know how you might find it. It's over a year old. Sorry!

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  27. Ok...You're Dad and my Dad are the coolest ever! How did we get so lucky! They both have major skills.
    Love your new lamp. And whenever you see it, you will always think of your Dad. That's priceless.
    wease

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  28. You inspired me. I found an old projector at an antique store last weekend. Then I got to work. It's sitting in our movie room looking fabulous right now. Thanks for the idea!!
    ~Amanda
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=3087549542671&set=a.1252068536793.37605.1081907956&type=1&theater

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    1. Oh! That link isn't working, but I'd love to see it if you get a chance to send me the link again!

      Cheri

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  29. awesome ... guess we need to go hunting!

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  30. This is really awesome!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  31. Beautiful! And um, it totally looks even better than the $600 one! :)

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  32. Found you via Pinterest. I want to repin to link directly to your site, but apparently you have your page set to not allow pins? Hmmm...just trying to give credit where credit is due, but I guess that's not happening today anyway :)

    Great project - appreciate all the pics!

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  33. Love old projectors.. and I love this idea! Great job!

    Here are my old goodies on Flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ariville

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