It’s been way too long since I’ve made a trip to a yard sale.
I tend to go in spurts and it was during one of those spurts last year that I picked up this wonderful lamp.
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Not necessarily for its good looks, but for its potential because I had an idea.
I decided it was time to add a fountain to the garden, but didn’t want to spend the money for a new one. I thought it would be fun and easy to make my own with a few supplies, so I went on the prowl for a good lamp to use as the base.
When I saw this one, I knew I had found it.
I brought it home and set it aside while I collected the other materials.
Fast forward a year and the sad lamp was still sitting in the garage. Somehow that fountain idea didn’t materialize.
Another one did though, and I like this project so much that I’m glad my fountain idea derailed.
When I saw these repurposed lamps, I began to think about how I could incorporate a similar idea in my own yard. I thought about the Guara I found on the clearance rack at Lowe’s this summer and the rest, as they say, is history. I was ready to go!
I found this great little solar light at Lowe’s and a coordinating can of spray paint, then stripped the lamp of its shade, socket, and wiring.
The really great thing about this lamp is that it has a nice and heavy metal base. It’s perfect for stability and taking a couple coats of Rust-Oleum spray paint.
After the paint was dry, I removed the solar lamp from its base and glued it to the top of the lamp. Then it was time to head to the yard.
The walkway from our driveway to the front door has no landscaping, so I decided a nice little bed of flowers and decor at the beginning would be perfect. I got to work digging out the sod…
then added the upcycled solar lamp and some plants that I had either picked up on clearance or propagated from our garden before we moved last spring. I’m so happy with how well my little $1 rescued Guara is doing! I love the bright delicate blooms and wispy stems.
I also added one of my favorites – Angelonia – another clearance plant from Lowe’s, a couple of Mexican Heather plants, a balloon plant, an English daisy, and finished with a ground cover of Sedum – which will have the entire bed quickly covered.
One day I may tackle that fountain project after all, but for now, I’m enjoying a bright and lovely entrance to the front door and that old lamp is now useful again.
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