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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
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.
I headed to Lowe's and found a solar light that I loved,
grabbed a can of Rustoleum spray paint that matched, then headed home to get started.
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...
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.
I love how it turned out and when daylight fades, the solar light provides the perfect accent to our walkway.
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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  • Michelle
    Michelle Roanoke, VA
    on Aug 22, 2016

    I love this idea

  • Lindy Iwaszewski
    Lindy Iwaszewski Canada
    on Aug 23, 2016

    wow... and I just got 2 packages of 6 solar lights on clearance at walmart :) a little late in the season now... but for sure will do it next year !! I also put my solar lights into my big flower pot plantings

    • To Work With My Hands
      To Work With My Hands
      on Aug 23, 2016

      Good for you! I love a good clearance sale...Having just what you need on hand when you get ready for a project is so sweet - just get that creativity flowing without having to stop and shop. Enjoy your project! Great idea putting them in large pots. I've used them in a raised bed before. I've got a couple of large pots I could add them too. Now I need to check Wal-Mart's clearance section! :)

  • Peg
    Peg Saint George, UT
    on Aug 23, 2016

    What a genius you are...this is so cute!

    • To Work With My Hands
      To Work With My Hands
      on Aug 23, 2016

      How kind of you, Peg. Thank you. I'm really enjoying it and every time I drive out or in the driveway, I get to enjoy it again!

  • Lynette Clay
    Lynette Clay Chesterfield, VA
    on Aug 23, 2016

    Nice, I love this idea!

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Aug 23, 2016

    Looks lovely in your garden!

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