I’m so happy to share these repurposed lamp into metal plant stands. They can also be used as candle holders! So, if you're looking for creative lamp base ideas, you're in the right place!
Let’s see how I turned these misfit lamps around.
I sort of have this thing for cheap lamps. It seems I just can’t keep from buying broken lamps of all sorts.
Assess your thrift store lamps
A few of the lamps had already been painted, then put in storage and never repurposed. You can see tools handy for this lamp base project include vice grips, pliers, and wire snips.
Mix and Match Lamp Parts
First, I started mixing and matching lamp parts to see if I could add interest to any of the upcycled lamps.
Remove all wiring
The very tall lamp still had wiring that needed to be removed. This is where the snips come in handy to cut the wires. Whenever I part out a lamp, I save all the bits and pieces for future projects. If the lamp has good wiring, socket and plug—I save those too. In this case this wiring and plug were very old and not worth saving.
Generally to gut a repurposed lamp, you need to work from the base and the socket at the same time. They both are connected to the threaded rod that runs through the entire lamp.
Clean and sand where necessary
This lamp base was a simple fix. I added a small top piece that I found in my stash. See why it is handy to keep nuts and washers from past projects?
Here’s my messy collection of used lamp parts. That large bell shaped piece was dismantled to use on one of my lamp candlesticks.
This piece needed to be sanded and cleaned well before it was ready to be painted.
The large spray shelter can be used for spray painting as well as when you’re using your Finish Max paint sprayers.
Painted Repurposed Lamps
So, basically, spray a coat of black paint, then add the top coat of the chalky paint.
How to distress with an emery board
I’ve been using these emery boards I bought on Amazon for years. Using the emery boards for distressing gives you more control than sand paper on small areas. This is especially helpful when you’re wanting subtle distressing. I continued with this technique on the other two repurposed metal plant stands.
Repurposed Lamp Metal Plant Stands
Do you love them as much as I do? They currently reside in my hallway, and I smile every time I walk by them. The light distressing is a difficult choice—tough to know when to stop.
Candle Holders made from Repurposed Lamps
I have to say that I don’t love them as much as candle holders. What do you think? How would you use these repurposed lamps?
See more upcycled lamp ideas here
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.