If you're an inattentive cook like I am, you likely have some scorched pots, warped pans, and dented colanders (how did it get dented?!) in your kitchen. So, what do you do with your worse-for-wear kitchenware? Turn them into a lamp, like these awesome handmade lamps from Etsy.
But what if you have an attention span longer than 10 seconds, unlike myself and a goldfish, and don't get bored, walk away, and then forget you have something on the stove? Well, your kitchenware is probably in better shape than mine, and your food probably tastes better, too. But no worries, you can have your cake, and eat it, too. And you can also make a lamp.
When you work with recycled materials, sourcing the goods is often one of the most challenging aspects of the project, but that obstacle is pretty easy to divert when your making a DIY lamp. You can make a lamp out of pretty much anything you find laying around your house or you can immediately recycle your post-consumed items, like a glass jar from the tomato sauce you made for dinner using your dent-free colander (but I bet you make your tomato sauce from scratch, don't you? Whatever...)
For chef extraordinaries who want to make colander kitchen lamp, a pot-and-pan pendant light, or some-other-witty-kitchenware-word-I-don't-even-know-about into a desk lamp, thrift shops, church bazaars (St. Ann's Bazaar in Bethany Beach, Delaware is the best), and yard sales are great places to find secondhand-worse-for-wear-kitchenware (because people donate or sell their low-hanging-forks at even lower-hanging-prices when they move or get new, higher-hanging-forks) or you can check out online vintage/ thrift shops like Goodwill or Cool Vintage.
Cool Vintage may be the most appropriately named shop ever because that's exactly what the shop sells-- really cool (and really random) vintage items. Currently boasting 3,618 vintage items, including antique jewelry, vintage keys and locks, paper ephemera, home decor, dolls, and watch parts (they even have an entire section of found items and another one will finds from archeological digs-- how cool is that?!), you never know what you'll find when you visit this shop, but I know can find something cool that you can turn into a lamp.
Use the DIY links to help you make a lamp yourself, and use the DIFY links to shop the lamps shown.
From top, left to right:
1. 1940s vacuum cleaner lamp by leaping lemming
2. Vintage coffee pot lamp by electric heirlooms
3. Upcycled enamel table lamp by StudiORYX
4. Glass pendant lamp by MoonshineLamp
5. Bottle hanging lamps by MoonshineLamp
6. Whisk pendant lamp by ViaLucis
7. Whiskey bottle lamp by MoonshineLamp
8. Vintage heater lamp by Neighbourhook
9. Industrial hanging lamp by Tgmshop
10. Glass jar lamp by Nuvarti
11. Edison industrial desk lamp by The Rusted Key
12. Sewing machine table lamp by Via Lucis
13. Rustic coffee can table lamp by Its A Lamp
14. Upcycled lamp by Greg Drzymalski Designs
15. Colander pendant lamp by Benchmark Lights
16. Vintage tobacco tin from CoolVintage
17. Vintage colander from CoolVintage
18. Vintage lantern from CoolVintage
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