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Keep an eye open for big table lamps at thrift stores or yard sales. Remove the top part that holds the light bulb (usually there is a small screw that will release it) and tear out the wiring, so you have just the lamp-base. Place it in the garden or on a deck for a pedestal which can be used to hold a gazing ball, decorated bowling ball, or potted plant
By Penny from Morris, NY
Someone was giving away an older lamp with a dated dried flower decoration in the glass base. I took it and unscrewed the bottom off the base and added some spare Christmas decorations in it for a festive look for the holidays. (those are FAKE candy canes)
You could also add other items if desired; pine cones, acorns, sea shell collections, etc.
You can make a clothes tree of a sort from a curlicued lamp stand! I found an abandoned standing lamp stand, which was quite heavy and had 3 metal curlicue decorations on it around the top of the stand. I cleaned it up and put it in my bedroom and now hang scarves and things from it. I cover the lamp part on top with hats. You can hang plastic rings and/or an embroidery hoop onto the swirled part to make it easier to hang the scarves, or whatever you want to hang. I find I can also put last night's clothes on the top! Price = $0
By Pamphyila from L.A., CA
John and Irina
Did you know that old lamps can be painted? Start by cleaning the lamp of dust and dirt. Then apply Rustoleum type paint with a sponge or sponge brush. It will probably require two coats but the textured finish that the sponge gives is great for hiding flaws. We used this technique to transform an old brass lamp into a wrought iron looking lamp that fit in perfectly with our rustic decor.
By Katie in NY
My husband is a sailor and loves nautical decor. He reproduced a lamp with a nautical theme by getting a plain brass lamp from a thrift shop and then decorating it with a nautically themed wallpaper border. It really looks nice.
By pamphyila from Los Angeles