I love the lux look of high end marble lamps, but not the high price tag! At $200 and up – it can quickly deplete your décor budget. Why spend a fortune when you could put that money toward a high-use piece like a sofa? That’s why today, I’m going to share a DIY to get the look for less.
For a little time and limited tools, you can have your own designer look light for less.
How much less? The total project should only run you around $35. Now that’s a score!
- Marble baseboard tile, 4 inches by 12 inches (5 pieces)
- Two squares (measuring 3 ½ inches x 3 ½ inches) will need to be cut from the 5th tile. Most home improvement stores will cut this in store.
Note: Measure and draw lines prior cutting to ensure accuracy. Remove any stickers on the back of the tile before assembling.
- Drill with 3/8 – inch masonry bit
- Silicone Caulk
- Permanent adhesive for stone
- Lamp Kit
- 1/8 – inch IP 6 – inch threaded rod
- Brass rod and vase cap
- Felt feet
Place one tile flat on the table and one on its side, as shown—this will be the assembled width (4 3/8 inches). Measure the center (2 3/16 inches), 1 inch from the bottom.
Place a scrap piece of wood under the 4×12 tile with the cord hole. With the 3/8” masonry bit, slowly drill through the tile. Once the hole has been drilled, apply a small amount of silicone caulk to the edges of the opening.
Measure and mark center of the 3-½ inch square. Use the 3/8-inch tile drill bit to drill a hole.
Start building the base and use a permanent adhesive for stone (quick setting is preferred). Lay one of the side tiles flat on the table. Place the bottom square against the straight side (one side of the tile is straight and one is beveled) and secure with the adhesive. If needed, use tape to help hold the tile together until the adhesive sets. Smooth any extra adhesive off with a damp paper towel.
Start creating a box by lining up the bevel edge to overlap the square edge. This will create a smooth transition and a beveled edge on all four corners. Add the other three sides. Add the 3 ½” square with the hole on the top and the solid 3 ½” square on the bottom – secured with adhesive.
Start assembling the lamp. Attach the socket to the threaded rod, slide on the 2 ½ inch brass tube, place the vase cap at the bottom, insert through the hole in the 3 ½” square. Secure at the bottom of the marble square with a nut.
Before placing the final tile, wire the lamp by following the instructions on the kit. Thread the wire through the hole on the 4 inch x 12 inch tile and through the threaded rod.
Add a small amount of adhesive on all the seams and place the final tile to complete the lamp.
On the base, add felt feet or a felt bottom to protect surfaces.
Once the adhesive cures, your lamp will be ready to use.