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From Yard Sale to the Garden: A Repurposed Lamp

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When I found a sturdy metal lamp at a yard sale last summer, I snatched it up for a DIY fountain I had in mind. Fast forward a year and it still sat in my garage waiting for its transformation - when a new idea trumped that fountain.
Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy
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One of my Quick Tips for Upcycle and Repurpose projects is to look for good and sturdy pieces. They aren't always pretty - but a strong foundation has plenty of options for dressing up. That was the case with this metal lamp I found at a yard sale last summer for just $2.
I had an old domed ceiling fan light cover that I had planned to pair with a lamp base to make a fountain for the garden. I snagged up the lamp, took it home, and sat it aside while I read up on making a fountain.
But I got busy doing other things and that fountain project never got past the planning stage.
A few weeks ago I saw a pin using old lamp bases as solar light stands. I remembered my old lamp in the garage and totally changed the plan. I knew exactly what I'd do instead and it would be a quick and simple project.
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I headed to Lowe's and found a solar light that I loved,
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grabbed a can of Rustoleum spray paint that matched, then headed home to get started.
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I removed the wiring and hardware from the lamp, gave it a couple coats of paint, removed the solar light from its base, and glued it onto the lamp.
While the paint was drying, I headed to the yard to create a new flower bed for my repurposed lamp.
I dug out a circular bed beside our front walkway...
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put the solar lamp in the middle, then filled it in with some hardy perennials. Visit the blog for a list of the plants I used.
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I love how it turned out and when daylight fades, the solar light provides the perfect accent to our walkway.
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Yard sale and thrift store finds are my favorite way to add unique decor to our home and garden. I hope you've been inspired to add a custom solar lamp to your garden now!
For more great repurpose and upcycle ideas, visit the blog.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Old metal lamp   (yard sale)
  • Rustoleum semi-gloss enamel   (Lowe's)
  • Solar light   (Lowe's)
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  • Maude  LaFountain
    Maude LaFountain Kopperl, TX

    I love the lamp / Solar light that is pretty cool !!!

  • Wayne Alsgaard
    Wayne Alsgaard Sioux Falls, SD

    I think I will buy a couple of good solar lights, and make some camping lamps.

  • Wayne Alsgaard
    Wayne Alsgaard Sioux Falls, SD

    I think I will buy a couple of good solar lights, and make some camping lamps.

  • Lin
    Lin Geneseo, NY

    Loved this idea. And pretty easy to do. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dennis McGreevy

    Charge them up during the daylight and use them at night in your house when power is out

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