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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 pam munro from L.A., CA
John and Irina
My statue lamp is no longer doing its job, but I wanted to keep parts of it due to the beautiful and old theme of the lamp. I decided to make one part a candle holder and use the other part as an accent piece. :)
Total Time: 10 Minutes
Yield: 1 accent piece and candle holder
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.
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.