Floor Lamp Transformation to Charming Solar Lights

Floor Lamp Transformation to Charming Solar Lights

On one of our many day trips to Asheville, North Carolina, we swung by the Hospice Care Partners Estate Sale (you’ve heard me mention it before). While perusing the remains of the sale (now 50% off) I couldn’t pass up this gorgeous antique floor lamp.

Vintage antique floor lamp to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY solar lights lantern for backyard garden parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So pretty…but in desperate need of some TLC.

It was so elegant- those beautiful “socket cups” with their filigree edges and ornate key-shaped switches. Desperately in need of rewiring and a solid cleaning, we loaded it into the car.

During the drive home, we debated its future- re-wire it and use it in the house? Or upcycle it into something else? In the end, we decided to do both…sort of. I would repurpose it temporarily (i.e., nothing permanent), and then we’d re-wire it at a later time.

I immediately thought of adding inexpensive solar path lights to it- I’d seen this done to table lamps and chandeliers, why not a floor lamp? I went on Pinterest and was tickled to find that my friend, Gail, from My Repurposed Life, had done the exact same thing!

Vintage antique floor lamp to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY solar lights lantern for backyard garden parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

These’ll do nicely…

Vintage antique floor lamp to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY solar lights lantern for backyard garden parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Fits like a glove…if that even makes sense.

Thankfully, the approach I had conjured up was very similar to hers, with just a few minor tweaks… This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

DIY Solar Lights

First, we needed to remove the frightening old wiring. Our graceful, curvy lamp made this quite the chore.

Vintage antique floor lamp to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY solar lights lantern for backyard garden parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let the de-electrification begin…

But, with some tools and determination, we were able to pull all the wiring and sockets out without damaging the lamp. And those pretty socket cups I had mentioned before? This is what several decades of NOT dusting looks like.

Vintage antique floor lamp to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY solar lights lantern for backyard garden parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It’s like a dust sweater in there…

Gross!! Canned air to the rescue- it blew the dusty chunks out in no time. Once everything was disassembled, I wiped everything down- and the lamp was suddenly far more green than grey! In the end, though, the only original electrical parts I kept were the metal socket shells. Why? Because those solar lights fit in them perfectly.

Vintage antique floor lamp to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY solar lights lantern for backyard garden parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

MUCH cleaner!

Because I wasn’t going to paint the lamp, I wanted my brown-toned solar lights to blend in. So, I found a pretty close match and spray painted them- after carefully covering the solar cells with painter’s tape!

Vintage antique floor lamp to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY solar lights lantern for backyard garden parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s color-match these puppies…

After the paint dried, I re-assembled the solar lights (setting aside the ground spike portion) into the lamp sockets. How cute is that? Like a green street light!

Vintage antique floor lamp to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY solar lights lantern for backyard garden parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How cool is that??

Vintage antique floor lamp repurposed and upcycled into DIY solar lights lantern for backyard garden parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

They look like they were made to go together, don’t they?

And then…I waited for dark. Mighty impatiently, I must say.

But when dusk started to fade to black, the magic happened.

A Nighttime Reveal

I had the most perfect solar lights I’d ever seen.

Vintage antique floor lamp repurposed and upcycled into DIY solar lights lantern for backyard garden parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oh…emmmm…geeee….

Like A Midsummer’s Night Dream come to life in my backyard. Or a street light in a fairy world. It was…sublime

Vintage antique floor lamp repurposed and upcycled into DIY solar lights lantern for backyard garden parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Like a fairy tale lantern…

And since the solar lights aren’t attached permanently to the lamp, we can still re-wire it when the desire strikes. But I don’t know…I’m pretty taken by these solar lights. Once the weather cools down and the mosquitoes die off…there will be wine drinking and moon-gazing to do under the glow…

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Vintage antique floor lamp repurposed and upcycled into DIY solar lights lantern for backyard garden parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Love this … I think I have an old pole lamp I have been saving that I can give new life to with solar power.

  2. wow, wow and WOW! Thanks so much for linking to me Sarah! I love, I mean WANT this lamp! It’s gorgeous. I’ve never seen one quite like it before.

    super job blending the colors of the new with the old. PINNING!

    gail

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      It’s a pretty spectacular piece, isn’t it? I couldn’t resist…and now I’m so glad I brought it home! And thank you so much for sharing on FB…you know that means the world to me!! 😀

  3. Love it! What a great idea! I have other solar lights I have made, but never a floor lamp! Pinning!

  4. What a great idea and it looks so nice too! Good Job!

  5. Love this so much! What a great find. And knowing you can rewire in the future when you are ready makes it even better 🙂

  6. What a clever idea! I see old floor lamps at yard sales all the time, can’t wait to find another one. Thanks for sharing this idea at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  7. Oh my gosh, this is so genius! I would love to have a few of these on my deck near the pool. I am going to stalk the ReStore until I find something comparable. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  8. This is such an amazing upcycling project!

  9. Fantastic idea! I’m curious if it is heavy enough to stand up to some wind though, and/or how to weight it down?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Luckily I plan on keeping this on our screened-in back porch. But, I’m sure you could add some quikcrete to the underside of the base…I just don’t want to do that since we do plan on re-wiring it at some point. 🙂

  10. What a fantastic idea! It looks amazing! I’m sure you will enjoy it 🙂 Fiona x

  11. You’re a genius really – the things you come up with !!!
    This is just fabulous !

  12. I hopped over from A Tray of Bliss’s Five Star Frugal #17. This solar lamp is brilliant! The base you used reminds me of a (long gone) floor lamp my parents owned when I was a child. Now I must start checking the thrift stores for my own base.

  13. What a great idea…makes me look at light fixtures in a whole new way…thanks for sharing!

  14. Totally gorgeous!

    You have done a fantastic job with this lamp and the solar lights are a brilliant idea!

    I came by from A Tray of Bliss.

    xTania

  15. I love the way this turned out! What a delightful lamp and of course I love the color. Green is my favorite. Have a great weekend. Dianne

  16. Absolutely gorgeous!

  17. Jann Olson says:

    So cute Sarah! I would love to find something similar for out under my pergola. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  18. karionforward says:

    That is so creative. I love the vintage street like look! And it is eco-friendly. Love this repurposed idea. Sharinfg!

  19. Hi Sarah, this was indeed sublime.. and a half! 🙂

    Love at first light, truly. Now you need to find a few more of these on sale and have yourself a fully illuminated backyard, one worthy of hosting a royal family event or two 😀

    I admire your dedication and persistence in the (re)making of the floor lamp. It came out excellent due to sterling work and bright vision (pun intended) 🙂

    Just think of all the possibilities if you actually had several of those, although not necessarily of the exact same type.

    I only fear those might not hold the candle (oops, I did it again) in the rain. But either way, great find and awesome crafting skills!

    Best regards,
    Christabel Benoit

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so very much for the lovely comment and compliments, Christabel. You have made my day so much brighter. 🙂

  20. Oh I love the lamp! Great find and such a clever idea! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post tomorrow on my FB page. We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!
    Best,
    Kim

  21. This is absolutely beautiful and brilliant too, I might add. I so love this! Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue and on Instagram tomorrow.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much!!!

    • Catherine says:

      Just saw this!!! I have an antique floor lamp that will NOT rewire, lol! It has paper cup holders. (Sorry-newbie, don’t know the correct term). My question is, since I do not have a back porch, this will be exposed to downpours. (When I’m not home), I will move or put bag over in rain. But what else can be done to protect it? Super idea!!

  22. What a wonderful transformation – I love it. Now I will have to find a floor lamp to transform for our outdoor area. Thank you so much for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  23. Wow you did a great job with the transformation of this lamp.
    Thanks for sharing it at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

  24. I LOVE lamps of all kinds! This turned out great!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  25. Love this! Sharing on my facebook page!

  26. You are so creative!!! Such a great idea!!! Thanks again for linking up to Welcome Home Wednesday!

  27. Totally AWESOME!!! What a terrific transformation and thanks so much for sharing and inspiring. Now I’ll be on the lookout for a floor lamp to convert. Best ~ Mickie

  28. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins says:

    Great project!! I adore a good upcycle and this is a great one! Pinning and Sharing. Thanks for sharing at the Your Home Decor and More Party!!

  29. Thanks for stopping by to share and linking on http://ohmyheartsiegirl.com/heartsie-girls-wordless-wednesday-43/

  30. I want one for my deck. So now I’m looking for an old floor lamp to transform. Well at least I have a few months until Spring. Thank you for sharing your genius idea at Vintage Charm.

  31. Great save on that lamp and I have to say I NEVER thought to use canned air like that! I’ve only used it on keyboards. When I get home, guess what is getting sprayed out…only every lamp and sconce in my house!!

    Thanks for linking up with us on Throwback Thursday – we appreciate it, and are always looking forward to next week’s posts, too!! 🙂 Be sure to follow our pinterest board, too! 🙂

    Mollie

  32. This is interesting! Pls do Link UP at the Practical Mom Link Up! I’d love to see you there 🙂

  33. Such a wonderful idea! I always look for ways to reuse the things that don’t work anymore and this always turn to something good. I love creative solutions and this is really a nice one. Using the solar lamps for fixing this floor lamp is great! Thumbs up and thanks for sharing! 🙂

  34. You are so darn crafty and creative! This is a great project! Thanks for sharing over at Celebrate Your Story! I have pinned this one for future reference!

  35. You have opened up a world of possibilities for outdoor lighting, thank you!

  36. Robin~AllThingsHeartandHome says:

    Thank you for sharing your magical light…xo

  37. How do you secure the base of the solar light to the lamp Since the light would eventually need replacing?

    Thank you.

  38. natashalh says:

    Very, very cool! We’ll be without reliable electricity for a while this summer. Last year we used some little solar string lights, but I totally never thought to use a “real” lamp to hold solar lights! And canned air for the win! I love that stuff for blasting out dust.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you so very much! It sounds like this will REALLY come in handy for you. 🙂

  39. Kathy A. says:

    You did it again; you took something we couldn’t see much promise in and turned it into pretty, functional piece.Awesome!

  40. Now this is one of few posts of yours that I missed, Sarah. It caught my eye this morning at the Friday Favorites party and I had to pop over to take a closer look. Love it – pinned it!

  41. That is adorable! Reminds me of a miniature lantern, also love the fact that it’s with solar lights!

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