I love a great thrift store repurpose.
In fact, It’s my absolute favorite kind of DIY project.
With my magic list, I can usually make a sweep through my nearest store in about 5 minutes. And when I see a gem like this:
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No sign of a lampshade, and I have no idea if it even worked at all.
A working lamp was not important; it was the body I was after. One of my thrifting criteria is great form – and this lamp had it!
And the best part of its gorgeous shape is that bowl-shaped top. Doesn’t it look perfectly suited to hold something?
Instead of function, I look for a shape that remind me of something else. It usually only takes a few adjustments to give a piece a different function.
I’ve also trained myself to look beyond finish or color because paint can do wonders, yes?
This time of year I’m itching to get some new outdoor projects done, so I decided this lamp base would make a fabulous repurposed plant stand.
It only needed minor modifications:
- First, I removed the wiring. Gutting a lamp is simple – start at the socket and unscrew the bare wires; straighten them a little if needed, then pull the whole cord out from the bottom.
- Next, I removed the socket. This one was a little stubborn and I totally demolished it getting it off. No worries – garbage anyway.
- Finally, I gave the whole thing two coats of spray paint and set it aside while I worked on the pot.
I originally planned to use a terra cotta pot, but as hard as I tried, I couldn’t find one that fit perfectly into the rim.
I did find a grey plastic pot at Home Depot that worked though.
Grey plastic wasn’t ideal, but I could handle that –
Paint can do wonders, right?
I think it did a great job of taking away that cheap plastic look (although it really is inexpensive…and plastic – with a paint job).
When everything was dry, I added a few pretties to the pot, dropped it into the base, and voila, a plant stand like no other!
This isn’t the first time I’ve made a planter from thrift store pieces. It’s my go-to project when the spring breezes start blowing in and I get that itch to get my hands in the dirt and plant something pretty.
Check out these past thrifted planter projects for more easy repurposed inspiration: