Repurposed projects including lamps, lights, chandeliers and more are generally easy and fun to make. Light fixtures are readily available at flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales. Don’t overlook broken light fixtures. They can be re-wired. Those light fixtures that do work are a gold mine to use as parts. Have an ugly lamp? Gut it and save all the rods and threaded parts for future projects, or repairing a lamp that doesn’t work.
This outdoor patio lighting project consists of an old floor lamp and a chandelier.
A rope wrapped chandelier is an easy project to make a hanging solar light fixture.
Some candelabras are easier to make than others. This chandylabra didn’t even get a paint makeover.
Once you learn how to take apart a chandelier, a romantic candelabra is an easy project to make at home.
Chandeliers are also great for making hanging candelabras.
Repurpose Lamps & Parts
Repurposed ceiling fan globes work perfectly for hanging solar lights
How about this easy lamp makeover? Thrift Store Lamps into Planters.
Floor lamps are so easy to find at thrift stores. If the price is right, pick them up even if they don’t work. Add solar lights and you’re set. Newer, inexpensive solar lights now charge in shady areas making these options perfect for a garden or patio.
Turn an old floor lamp into an outdoor welcome solar light.
Easy Painting Projects
A run of the mill ugly brass touch lamp gets a new chance as a black lamp with an edison bulb!
Don’t pass up a lamp just because you don’t like the color. Paint is an easy fix. This gold lamp was given a fresh coat of white paint, then glazed. Of course you would want to update the shade!
This is my former brass floor lamp. All these years later and I’m still using it and the paint has held up beautifully—even after 7+ years!
You can make lamps out of other things
This Repurposed Book Lamp was made out of an old light fixture and reclaimed books.
Teacups and teapots make fun repurposed lamps. Drilling china can be challenging, but after you get the technique down it can be fun to make lamps out of glassware.
Remember that I said buy lamps for parts? I bought parts for this coffee pot lamp and I paid a lot for new parts. That’s when I realized I should use old lamp parts to make new lamps out of junky finds like this coffee pot!
I have several floor lamps in storage, so if you have other ideas, do share!
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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.