Upcycle A Thrift Store Lamp Into A Citronella Firepot!

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This summer in the midwest has been BRUTAL. Not for the heat, but for the bugs. Temps have actually been pretty mild, but we’ve gotten a lot of rain, and therefore, its pretty much paradise for the mosquitos here. Which means my poor kiddos have been stuck inside the house, on days when they should be out running through the sprinklers and playing catch. We love to enjoy dinners on our deck during the summertime, but this summer we haven’t had a single dinner outside.
So I set out to find a solution that would allow us to keep the citronella going, but out of the way of the table. After a trip to the local thrift store and $6 spent, I had everything I needed!
I found these… ahem… beauties at a local thrift store – a copper plate of some sort (NO clue what it would have been used for) for $.99 and an old lamp for $4.99. I was drawn to the lamp because it was REALLY heavy which would serve my purpose well. It also had decent bones, despite its super ugly coloring.
After taking a hacksaw to the top of the lampstand, to remove the wiring and electrical components that seemed to be cemented into the base, I applied 2 coats of Rustoleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to the base.
Then I glued the copper bowl to the lamp stand using E6000, and made sure to wait 24 hours for the glue to set completely.
Add in a citronella candle bucket and some river rocks from the dollar store to stabilize and give it that rustic look, and you're ready for a night free from those pesky mosquitos!!

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Ashley Rader  {Giddy Upcycled}
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  • Shena Shena on Jul 26, 2022

    I was just loading my old lamps to go to dump. Digging them out......

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  • Ardale Ardale on May 29, 2017
    Awesome, not only useful but decorative as well! Great job! Now I'm on the hunt to make one for myself! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!

  • Ardale Ardale on Jul 14, 2017
    Great job and so creative! Would also make a cool birdbath too!