I love making repurposed floor lamps into solar lights. It's time for our Thrift Store Decor Challenge. Be sure to see the other projects below.
Repurposed Floor Lamps make great Patio Solar Lights
Because this floor lamp had some rust on it, I did have to do some prep work.
But I got such a great deal on it, paying only $5—so I didn’t mind doing a little prep work.
Gut the floor lamp by removing all the wiring
I gutted it, removing all of the old wiring.
Use a wire brush to remove rust
I used a small wire brush to remove the rust, then I washed the pieces and let them dry.
Spray Paint Repurposed Floor Lamp
This is the spray paint I used.
Add Solar Lights to repurposed floor lamp
I tried out the solar lights that I bought for the chandelier. I liked them okay.
However, I liked these better!
To get them to stick I used this Silicone. Hindsight 20/20 I should have used Gorilla Glue Epoxy—that’s what I used on the solar light chandelier.
This is how I used the silicone.
One of the arms on this light was bent and crooked, but I couldn’t straighten it. I used some Scotch Blue painter’s tape to hold the light upright while the silicone set up.
Solar Light Fixture made from a Floor Lamp
This is a small porch that was revealed when I had the bushes removed a couple of months ago. It doesn’t get full sun, but the great thing about these new and improved solar lights? They can charge in the SHADE!
Although I really like this repurposed floor lamp—it’s not the one that I keep on this porch on a regular basis.
This was a more modern lamp I got from a friend. Most lamps are 3 pieces screwed together. On the left is all three pieces, making the lamp very tall. Top right is two pieces, and bottom right is one piece.
Since I was putting on the small porch, I used two pieces. I like that height the best. I have it placed next to my small outdoor garden bench made from reclaimed lumber.
When I round the corner to come home at night, it makes me smile to see illuminate my porch.
UPDATE! This was 2014! Let's see what THIS light looked like earlier this week.
Yes, I have had this floor lamp solar light for 5 ½ years. I'm shocked that the solar light still works. I painted the floor lamp in a hurry last year getting the backyard camper retreat up and running.
Now that I'm spending a LOT of time in the backyard, I decided it was time for another update. Notice that the solar light is the original brushed nickel color.
How to Update Brass Floor Lamp Solar Light
First, I used a wire brush, then I used a sanding sponge. After that I washed the floor lamp with the hose. Finally, it was ready for chalked spray paint.
Prep Solar Light for Spray Painting
I began by cleaning the solar light, dismantling it, and adding painter's tape to protect the photo cell. Then it was ready for spray painting!
Clean Solar Light and Reassemble
Did you know I keep a bottle of very diluted dish soap in the shop? It comes in handy for everything. I used that to clean the glass. Then it was time to reassemble the pieces of the solar light.
It's hard to find the words to tell you how much I love this floor lamp solar light. It use to great me as I rounded the corner when driving, but now it really makes me smile in the backyard.
This isn't a cheap light. I think I may have gotten it at Walmart in the Summer of '14. It really puts out a lot of light!
Before you head over to check the other projects this month. Let's take one last look at my pretty "Camp Wilson". I had so many plans for camping, but all that's been put on home since I'm following CDC guidelines and staying home.
Maybe you have the stuff at home to make your backyard make you smile with a new solar light makeover?
I still have some repurposed lamps to turn into solar lights, way too many in my stash!
Let's take a look at what my friends have been working on for this month's challenge.
House of Hawthornes Thrift Store Decor Bird Nest DIY
Petticoat Junktion Cookbook Organizer
My Repurposed Life Floor Lamp Solar Lights (You are here)
Our Southern Home Painted Stripe Basket Makeover
Sadie Seasongoods Herb Saver From A Decanter Tantalus
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.