Don't throw away that blender just because you want a new one! Turn it into a lamp! I'll show you how easy it can be to turn your blender into a light source.
Step 1: Prepare the blender jar
I chose to use this attractive Back to Basics Ice Master 3000 Blender for my lamp. I highly recommend Back to Basics blenders/smoothie makers!
You can choose to leave the blender jar as is, meaning a glossy, transparent glass. I think a frosted look adds a little more and helps to diffuse the light so it's not so bright and harsh.
I had this particular jar sandblasted at a local trophy/sign shop. Since I used to work there I got it done for free, so I'm not sure how much something like that would cost. I blasted the inside and out to give it a nice frosted look.
Step 2: Get a light socket, cord, switch and plug
I looked around for cheap parts at places like Home Depot and Lowes for these parts, but couldn't find anything worthwhile. Lo and behold, IKEA--came through! Go to the 'As-Is' section and look through their baskets of misc. parts and hopefully you'll find these! They're extra parts from some of their lighting. It's all one perfect useful piece. It's exactly what I was looking for. A socket, switch, cord and plug on the end ready to use! And yes, that price does say $.19! I would have spent all kinds of money at Home Depot for these same parts to assemble myself. Blessed Ikea! I pick these things up every time I'm at Ikea. For 19 cents, you cannot go wrong!
The only thing is that they come in white only...at least that I've found.
Step 3: Remove blade assembly
Once your blender jar is frosted and ready, reassemble the base without the blades.
Step 4: Remove bottom housing
With a screw driver, remove the bottom housing.