I’ve been trying to decorate my livingroom in a more Steampunk/Industrial Old World theme. If you aren’t familiar with Steampunk, it’s * a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates post-apocolyptic technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.
In fact, some Steampunk movies you might be familiar with include; Atlantis, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Van Helsing, Sucker Punch, Sleepy Hallow, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
So as of late I have been trying to collect art, furniture, decor, and lamps that include the Steampunk or Industrial Old World theme, but within a resonable budget. However, this genre is not for the cheap and inexpensive taste at heart. If you plan to be a collector or delve into this kind of decor, be prepared to dish out the cash. That said, when I want something, I will find a way to balance the wallet with the trend, so put my thinking cap on and started to entertain the idea of DIY Projects. Now mind you, I’m a very creative thinker, but I’m not a handy person with tools and measurements and all that jazz, but my husband is an amazing trade skill handyman, so I challenged him to helping me craft my first Industrial Pipe Steampunk Desk Lamp.
The Pipes and Parts
First we had to look up different ideas of what we thought we wanted. There were so many ideas that if you search too much, you’ll become overwhelmed and utterly confused. So we took a simple idea and ran with it, ignoring all the other bigger projects, even though they looked amazing. Remember, in this modern day and age, “simple is better”.
So off to Home Depot we went and we spent a good hour in the Plumbing and Piping Aisle going over the hundreds of different pipe options. This is where I was glad my husband went in on this with me because I became discombobulated simply looking at all the different pipe sizes, sets, parts, and even colors! We picked up a Lamp Kit , and a Victorian Edison LED Bulb along with our pipes and decided to skip the spray paint as I wanted a natural industrial look.
After collecting our parts, we went home and began to organize and puzzle piece together different ways to create our lamp. It’s actually very fun trying to figure out what you want to create. Mess around with it for a while and see what you can come up with.
After a little brainstorming, we began to pull the wire through the pipes once we had an idea of how we wanted the lamp to look, assembling the pipes together along the way. Then we had to drill a hole in the middle “T” pipe at the bottom in order to get the lamp cord through, but we had to sand out the drill hole to make sure the cord didn’t get spliced. The pipe may be a little grainy at first, so smooth out any rough edges.
It took us about one hour to completely finish this project and now we have a gorgeous Steampunk Lamp to add to our Steampunk/Industrial Old World decor.
What do you think of the finished project?