Asked on Aug 9, 2012

What will I re-purpose this item into?

Kathy BaileySam ChambersAnnie Doherty


Nobody wanted this lamp from a moving sale so thanks to the creative juices that I received from Hometalk, I was able to spot a use for it other than being an antique looking lamp. Can you guess what I'm going to turn it into? P.S. It looks to be of brass. What type of compound would I use to attach tiles or other decorations to it that can withstand exterior elements?
17 answers
  • Becky (J) P
    on Aug 10, 2012

    I would have said something for the fireplace.......take the top off and use it for starter blocks or long matches?

  • Michele C
    on Aug 11, 2012

    I see high end wind chimes using the top piece as the clapper and the round bowl/urn piece to hang the pipes from. (The photo looks as though the top piece separates from the bottom.)

  • Jeanette S
    on Aug 11, 2012

    Compound could be something like epoxy used to fix driveways? It's use outdoors an outside oil lamp with a wick & globe?

  • Donna R
    on Aug 11, 2012

    I use tile adhesive for inside & outside projects. Then sanded grout. I learned thru experience not to buy the combined adhesive/grout. Buy them separately. I thinking the bottom is going to be a pot for a plant and the top will be a candle holder? I'm sure it's something much more creative than that! Btw, you do have to finish off with a grout sealer if your plan is to use mosaics.

  • Diann F
    on Aug 11, 2012

    It looks like it would make a great planter with mosaic tiles around the outside but not sure what or how to protect it from the elements. Could also use it in a water fountain feature...letting the water pour from it.

  • Terry F
    on Aug 11, 2012

    Garden ornament???

  • Jeff C
    on Aug 14, 2012

    Some of you are pretty darn close. Should have know most of you would have guessed it.

  • Becky (J) P
    on Aug 15, 2012


  • Donna R
    on Aug 15, 2012


  • Jeff C
    on Aug 17, 2012

    Can't reveal it just yet. Need to finish it off before the big reveal. Should be within the next few days.

  • Donna R
    on Aug 17, 2012

    Oh, the suspense!!!!

  • Panhandlelil1
    on Apr 30, 2015

    I use the large pieces and make flower arrangement in them, The large piece can be used to hold a small potted plant. It makes a real pretty pot. You could spray paint it any color you would like.

  • Sheila Wayne
    on Jul 19, 2015

    If it is heavy on the bottom I have made garden totems. Use glass parts and metal parts from old lamps. Purchase a metal rod to fit through each part along with nuts and washers and stack up the pieces. Most old lamps come with weights on the bottom. You can use these from the other lamps you take apart to make it heavy on the bottom.

  • Diana Deiley
    on Mar 29, 2016

    waiting for.........................

  • Annie Doherty
    on Jul 3, 2016

    Mosaics would look beautifulm tricky but achievable. Or as it is brass, paint it to emulate the vedigris effect and use as a lamp or solar light, or use as a house number or name hang from the porch or by the front door/gate, I can't wait to see the reveal

  • Sam Chambers
    on Sep 16, 2016

    Sooooo, what did you do??????

  • Kathy Bailey
    on Sep 19, 2016

    i know what i did with mine...........i made candle operas that stand for halloween.....

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