Having made our office lamp, and been inspired by all of the great ideas that Allison has on her amazing the 3R’s blog, I thought it was about time to attempt making a replacement for the pendant lamp in the hallway. This is the lamp that was there when we moved in.
Although it did the job, it wasn’t really our style. The problem was, that we couldn’t really find a lamp we liked, so we just made one. And here is the result
The veneer lamp shade is quite large, probably about 65 cm diameter, but that works fine for us, as we have such high ceilings.
The veneer lamp shade was actually really easy to make. For the central ball, I made about 8 veneer hoops, which I glued together with wood glue to form a ball. After letting it dry completely, the ball was quite solid, and I could easily just weave the veneer strips in and out around it. I made sure to leave a slightly larger opening at the top, so that I can still get the light fitting in and out of the veneer lamp shade.
If I made the lamp again, I would probably not make the inside ball quite as solid, as you need a lot of gaps to be able to weave the veneer in and out. The lamp also doesn’t give off a huge amount of light, if we had left larger gaps it might have been a bit brighter. We use quite a low wattage energy saving bulb, so maybe it would give off more light, if we replace it with a more powerful bulb.
The lamp gives of a nice warm glow
The energy saving bulb should hopefully not get too warm, and we have made sure that the bulb has plenty of distance to the veneer lamp shade.
Will still have some veneer left and will try to attempt making a matching table lamp to go with it.
*Our hallway was still rather yucky looking when we first finished our veneer lamp shade, so here are a few more current images! Alternatively you can always check out our House Tour. Since making this veneer lamp shade, we’ve also attempted another veneer lampshade that you can read about here. The inner hoops that we made for both lampshades are made in the same way, except that on this lamp they are glued together in a more random way.*