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DIY Industrial Pipe Furniture and Decor
I’ve always loved the look of reclaimed industrial lamps. Too bad they’re so expensive.

When I discovered the “convert a bottle into a lamp” kit at the hardware store the hamster on a wheel in my brain started running full speed. With a socket and a cord, now anything could become a lamp. Seriously, anything. Not just glass bottles, like the kit is intended for, but even a pile of pipes.

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  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 1
    Step 1

    Mark the inside of the pickle bucket with a pencil at 4 inches from the bottom.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 2
    Step 2

    Run a few lines of painter’s tape above the 4-inch marks. This will be your guide for the height of the cement.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 3
    Step 3

    Screw the 8-inch-long pipe into the flange.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 4
    Step 4

    Connect the reducing T fitting to the top of the 8-inch-long pipe. The side opening is where the power cord will exit the finished lamp.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 5
    Step 5

    Attach a wad of painter’s tape to the bottom of the flange. It doesn’t need to be a lot, just enough to keep it in place.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 6
    Step 6

    Stick the flange to the center of the bucket.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 7
    Step 7

    Spray the inside of the bucket with a light coating of cooking spray. This brilliant tip will help remove the hardened cement once it dries. It will also help remove any excess cement you may spread onto the pipe.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 8
    Step 8

    In the second bucket, mix the quick-dry cement according to the package directions. Usually, a 10-pound bag of cement requires about 2 cups of water, but you may have
    to add a little bit more if your mixture is too stiff. Always add the dry cement mix to the water, and not the other way around or it will be lumpy. Use a thick stick to stir with, and wear gloves to protect your hands. You’ll know the cement is ready when it’s the consistency of oatmeal.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 9
    Step 9

    Transfer the mixed cement to the first bucket with the putty knife a few scoops at a time. Smooth it around the pipe and try to get it as level as you can using the blue tape as a guide.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 10
    Step 10

    Lay out the pieces in the lamp kit. A typical lamp kit for converting a bottle into a lamp will contain: a lamp cord, a socket with an on/off switch, a socket shell, a check ring, a threaded rod, and a few ribbed rubber spacers.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 11
    Step 11

    Insert a tight fitting rubber spacer into the threaded end of the bushing coupling.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 12
    Step 12

    Push the threaded rod into the white ribbed bushing as snugly as you can with your hands. This will hold your lamp socket securely inside the coupling.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 13
    Step 13

    Screw the reducing coupling straight down onto the bushing coupling and the threaded lamp rod.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 14
    Step 14

    Screw the bottom of the socket cap from the lamp kit onto the threaded rod inside the reducing coupling. Twist it as far down as it will go.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 15
    Step 15

    Push the cut end of the lamp cord into the threaded lamp rod through the bottom of the socket assembly.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 16
    Step 16

    Slide the socket cover forward to expose the screws on either side. Attach the cord wires to the screws with a screwdriver and slide the cover back down.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 17
    Step 17

    Gently push the socket pieces together and pull the excess cord through the back of the assembly. Give the outside of the lamp assembly a good spritz of the flat metallic soft iron spray paint to match the other fittings.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 18
    Step 18

    With a pair of scissors, cut the male end off the lamp cord. It’s OK. It’s not plugged in.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 19
    Step 19

    Lay out the 8-inch-long pipe, two T fit- tings, the close nipple, the 6-inch-long pipe, and an elbow fitting.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 20
    Step 20

    Thread the lamp cord through the pipe pieces. It’s probably easier to thread and attach each fitting one at a time, but I wanted to show the order for assembly.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 21
    Step 21

    Tighten the pipes and fittings together and pull all of the excess lamp cord through.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 22
    Step 22

    Add the 10-inch-long pipe with a cap to the open end of the T fitting on the top lamp arm, and add the 21⁄2-inch-long pipe with a cap to the open end of the T fitting on the bottom lamp arm.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 23
    Step 23

    Once the cement for the lamp base is completely dry, probably about 24 hours, gently lift the base from the bucket. The cooking spray should have done the trick.
    If it does stick, don’t panic. Simply use a box cutter to cut the bucket off the concrete base. You can use a heavy grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 24
    Step 24

    Attach the 3-foot pipe into the top of the reducing T fitting in the top of the lamp base.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 25
    Step 25

    Push the lamp cord through the top of the 3-foot pipe in the base.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 26
    Step 26

    Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to gen- tly pull the lamp cord through the side hole of the T fitting. Be careful not to puncture the cord with the pliers.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 27
    Step 27

    A compression adapter is the perfect fitting to extract your lamp cord. They are easiest to find in brass, so just give it a shot of flat metallic soft iron spray paint so it will match all of the other pipe fittings.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 28
    Step 28

    For the power cord, use a pair of scissors to cut off the female end of the fabric-covered extension cord. For safety reasons, make sure it’s not plugged in.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 29
    Step 29

    Thread the newly painted compression adapter over the cut end of the fabric- covered extension cord small end first.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 30
    Step 30

    Use a pair of scissors to cut back some of the fabric covering from the cut end of
    the extension cord, then split the inner cord in half about 3 inches. Strip back the white plastic to expose the copper wires under- neath on both sides.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 31
    Step 31

    Connect the power cord wires to the lamp wires by twisting the copper ends together. It doesn’t matter which side is connected to which, just be sure to keep the two wires separated and not touching.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 32
    Step 32

    Connect the power cord wires to the lamp wires by twisting the copper ends together. It doesn’t matter which side is connected to which, just be sure to keep the two wires separated and not touching.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 33
    Step 33

    Push the connected wires into the
    T fitting. Slide the compression adapter up the fabric cord and screw it into the open hole of the T fitting.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 34
    Step 34

    Attach the elbow on the top part of the lamp to the 3-foot pipe as tightly as you can.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 35
    Step 35

    Use a screwdriver to attach the lamp cage to the lamp socket.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 36
    Step 36

    Insert an Edison-style lightbulb into the socket and close the cage.

  • How to make a floor lamp. Steampunk Floor Lamp - Step 37
    Step 37

    Plug it in, and switch the light on.

    Pat yourself on the back because you just built an awesome steampunk floor lamp.
    That wasn’t so hard, now was it? I told you that I’d walk you through it.

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