Repurposed Antique Surveyor Stand

So my husband and I have a slight addiction to Craigslist and Facebook Garage Sale groups.  We are always looking for the next great deal, or a new piece of furniture we can restore or something that can be repurposed.

For example, some of my favorite projects are from when we repurposed an antique headboard into a swing (read about that here)…

Back Porch Headboard Swing

…or when I turned an antique ironing board into a front porch welcome sign (read about that here)..


So, a few weeks ago, as I was scrolling through one of the garage sale groups, I came across an “antique camera tripod” for $5.  I had seen a few other people use them in their homes as decoration since they are made out of wood, so I was eager to buy it and go pick it up.

Once we picked it up and got it home, my husband pulled it out of his truck to inspect it in order to see what all needed to be repaired or worked on before putting it in the house. (Items off of these sites almost always need something!)  It was then that he realized we had found something even more beautiful than the antique camera tripod we thought we had purchased.

At first, what looked like an old, dirty tripod (just one leg pictured)..

The Rustic Pig: Repurposed Surveyor Stand

…with dirty hardware…

The Rustic Pig: Repurposed Surveyor Stand

..was actually something pretty amazing.

My husband discovered that the hardware was actually brass!  He was so excited that he ended up spending the whole day taking the tripod apart, sanding down the wooden legs and polishing up all of the brass hardware.

The Rustic Pig: Repurposed Surveyor Stand

Once he was done, it was amazing!!

It was gorgeous!

It was better than we could have imagined, and…

…it was NOT a camera tripod!

We found out that it was actually an antique surveyor’s tripod or possibly an antique nautical telescope tripod.

The Rustic Pig: Repurposed Surveyor Stand

It was then that we realized we wanted to make our little stand into something more than just a tripod that stood in the corner.  We wanted to make it into a lamp.

I’m a HUGE Restoration Hardware fan, but not so much of a HUGE Restoration Hardware PRICE fan.  I immediately went to their page and found this…


…it’s a Surveyor’s Tripod Floor Lamp.  You can purchase this light from Restoration Hardware for only $1200!  Yep.. that’s it!

Well, after seeing this, I was beyond excited to get started on our new lamp!

We headed to World Market and bought a light kit and a lamp shade.

Once we got it home, we set the light kit into the center of the stand.  It fit pretty well, but had just a little wobble to it, so we added some Gorilla Glue to the sides so it would be snug.

The Rustic Pig: Repurposed Surveyor Tripod

Once the glue dried, we screwed the lamp shade on top and added a light bulb.

The Rustic Pig: Repurposed Surveyor Tripod

Super easy peasy!!

So, after spending $5 on the tripod, $10 on the light kit and $25 on the lamp shade, my Restoration Hardware look-alike lamp cost me $40 instead of $1200!!


So, my friends.. be on the lookout for an antique tripod because it could be your next Restoration Hardware look-alike lamp!

What do you think?

Love ya!






My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. I’ve always wanted to do this! Yours is beautiful.
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  2. You really scored with this. Beautiful.

  3. Love this. What a great job. I going huntin’!
    Thanks for sharing this.
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  4. Good for you!! YOu made an awesome discovery and made it be useful!!

  5. That’s gorgeous, Claire! The lamp idea is perfect, too. 🙂
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