Anthropology/PB Teen inspired Teacup Lamp

Who doesn’t just love Anthropologie ?!?  I know I do!  I just love the beautiful, unique and vintage-feel of their products.  And PB Teen ?!?!  They offer the coolest, fun, hip and colorful stuff !
I especially love when I see something I love, made from pretty basic items that I could actually make ! 
Here is Anthropologie’s teacup lamp (retail $198)….
Here is PB Teens (retail $69)
Photo courtesy of Google
So when I came across this lamp and this one, made by two very talented DIY blogging ladies who shared their wonderful tutorials, I knew I just had to try to make one !

Off to Savers I went where I and collected a bunch of junk stuff….

Super cheap!  Most of the teacups were $ .29 each or 4 for $1.00!  Same goes with the saucers!
Originally I had a plain white teapot in my basket but then I saw this old dented, silver-y one and I thought it would add some character.  Plus, it was made in Portugal and knew the Hubs would like that! 

After cleaning each piece, I started stacking to see how I wanted to assemble my lamp….

I really LOVE the yellow creamer but it made my lamp a bit lopsided so I decided to hold off.
I knew I couldn’t go without using the pretty blue saucer and lacy little plate
I did invest in a Hitachi Diamond Drill bit in a 5/16″ size, this was a bit pricey ($ 14.00 for just the one bit !),  but SOOOOO worth it, as it cut the porcelain so well!  Plus, I’m sure I will use this drill bit for some other project, it also cuts through glass, marble, slate and granite!   ( Anyway to justify the purchase…that darn lil’ devil on my shoulder again !! ).
The trick is to make certain to always have a bit of water on the area you are drilling.  When it dried, I just put a drop or two more. I hardly put any pressure on the drill, just let the drill bit do the work so I wouldn’t break anything.

I purchased a light kit from Lowes which made that part easy to figure out since everything you need for the lamp is included in the kit.
Instead of using a metal piece through my entire lamp (I couldn’t find one narrow enough), I just threaded my wire through each piece starting at the bottom and then Gorilla glued my pieces together.  I made sure not to use too much glue cuz this stuff REALLY expands ALOT!   I used the Gorilla glue that dries white not that icky brownish-yellow color.   After my lamp dried overnight, I cut away any dried blobs of glue with a razor blade.  

So the first time I assembled my light socket and plugged it in I heard **POP**!  I screamed and blew  a fuse (not me silly, I literally blew a fuse and had to reset the switch on the fusebox!).  

What happened was I didn’t put the paper insulating liner in before putting the metal casing on….DUH!  In my defense however….paper??  Really???  The liner is made from paper !  I thought for sure that was the packaging and discarded it.  AND….the writing on the light kit packaging is SO incredibly small!  How do they expect anyone over 40 to be able read that!?!  Seriously, does this mean anyone over 40 shouldn’t be wiring?  Especially 40-something-year-old-housewives who haven’t a clue what they are doing?  Hmmm??  Food for thought.

Luckily I found a great video tutorial on YOUTUBE about wiring a lamp and put the light socket back together….again.  I was pretty scared to plug it in this time for sure, but I just held my breath, half-closed my eyes and guess what???  I got light!!!  Whoop, whoop!!  I squealed in excitement!  I felt a bit like T. Edison!!

Thomas Edison <3
Okay, so maybe this isn’t such a big deal putting a silly light kit together, but it IS my first time…lemme enjoy the moment :).

I love the the different subtle colors and textures to each piece.  Not sure about the lamp shade.

There, much better with this lampshade!

I hot glued a mini lil’ teacup to the finial that I found in my daughter’s tea set stash. 

Thank you fellow DIY blogging ladies for your inspiration, I had so much fun with this one!


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