Upcycling an Antique Floor Lamp with Small Solar Lights

Upcycling an Antique Floor Lamp with Small Solar Lights

While perusing an estate sale on half-price day, I came across this antique floor lamp that was positively gorgeous. The wiring was shot but it was otherwise in well-loved but decent shape. I didn’t care about the electrical issues, though – as I knew right away it would become backyard decor! All I needed to do was clean it up and outfit it with small solar lights / solar lanterns.
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Industrial Floor Lamp from a Surveyors Tripod

Industrial Floor Lamp from a Surveyors Tripod

A couple of years ago, a local store had a FANTASTIC “yard sale” which was more like a fancy flea market. At this sale, I bought two things- a pretty antique picture frame and a very cool, very trendy vintage surveyor’s tripod. And making an industrial floor lamp was at the top of my to-do list with that wooden tripod.Read more ›

DIY Vintage Brass Lamp Makeover

DIY Vintage Brass Lamp Makeover

I see versions of this project more and more frequently- someone finds an outdated lamp at the thrift store (often brass) and they give it a lamp makeover with some paint and a new shade. And then ta-da, a completely new lamp, for very little cash! So OBVIOUSLY I had to give this a go.Read more ›

DIY Table Lamp from Architectural Salvage: Porch Baluster

DIY Table Lamp from Architectural Salvage: Porch Baluster

Many moons ago, I had spotted some gorgeous- and I mean STUNNING- lamps at a highfalutin antiques shop in Cashiers, North Carolina. Constructed from old porch balusters (the spindle’s more robust cousin), they were striking…and strikingly expensive. I went from defeated to determined, though, when Jon whispered to me in the shop, “We can make those.”Read more ›