With white paint and punchy shades, Eddie Ross breathes new life into salvaged architectural relics.
Eddie loves to transform castoffs into masterpieces. He spotted these 5-foot tall fluted columns, reminiscent of grand, old
homes with wide, open porches. He loved the beaded detailing around the tops, but multiple lives had resulted in layers of
cracked and peeling paint, so they were in dire need of an update. With fresh coats of paint and easy upgrades, they became
beautiful floor lamps. Look for columns such as these at flea markets or salvage yards for around $100 and up.
Using a cordless drill or screwdriver, attach one mounting plate to each of the four bottom corners of the columns. Secure the feet into the plates with the nails included in the leg mounting kit.
Sand and prime your columns before painting to ensure a smooth and lasting finish. Begin by using a handheld electric sander or sponge sanding box to remove any loose paint. Then, use a damp cloth to remove any remaining dust or dirt. Apply one coat of primer to the columns, fence post caps, and feet. Allow them to dry. Next, apply two coats of paint, allowing each coat to dry between applications.
Drill three separate holes, all in alignment, to thread the wiring throughout the body of the hollow column: 1-starting at
the center of the fence post cap, drill a hole. 2-move to the center of the column top and repeat another hole. 3-turn the
column over and drill the last hole directly through the center of the column base. With the three holes completed, follow
the directions included in the lamp kit.
Tip: Depending on the height of your column, you may need a longer length of cord than the one provided in the kit. To see how much cord you may need, measure the height of the column. Add the distance between the lamp and plug. Then give yourself two extra feet. For a pair of lamps, double the overall length. If you do need to purchase more cord, be sure to pick up two quick-connecting flat-cord plugs as well.
Once the columns are wired, attach the fence post cap to the top and secure with finishing nails. Complete the lamp by attaching a socket, harp (included in your lamp kit) and shade.
Since Eddie’s lamps are for the porch, he had a friend create custom, porch-appropriate shades using outdoor fabric, water-resistant
adhesive, and vellum plastic frames. If your lamps are well protected from the elements, store bought shades will work just
Tip: Eddie had his friend Susan Scheinder of Shandells railroad the fabric (apply it horizontally) to echo the column’s fluting.
Rug: St. John striped Indoor/Outdoor rug by Dash and Albert Woven furniture: Outdoor King Collection, all-weather wicker through Hayneedle
Column paint: Cincinnatian Hotel Hannaford (3007-10C) by Valspar through Lowes
Lampshade fabric: Alan Campbell’s Zig Zag in Jungle Green (AC302-32SUN) by Quadrille
Custom shades: fabricated by Shandell’s
Napkin pillow fabric (Napkins made into pillows): Las Palmas Napkins in Aqua/Green through World Market
Tray tables: for a similar look try, Tray top accent table from Target
Tray table paint: Jalapeno jelly (6005-6A) by Valspar through Lowes
Lantern: 14-inch Hex Iron Lantern (painted white) from Jamali Garden
Candles: Classic pillar from Creative Candles