Gardening and Landscaping
Light Up Your Night With an Easy Outdoor Table Lamp
Hit up Goodwill and the hardware store to make this lamp for a deck or poolside patio in minutes
Shelly Leer June 19, 2013
Houzz Contributor. I've been upholstering furniture for over twenty years. I've been a DIY contributor to ApartmentTherapy Chicago, Huff Post Home, Curbly.com, as well as having penned a DIY column for The Indianapolis Star for five years. I'm excited to share my DIY expertise here on HOUZZ.com.
Houzz Contributor. I've been upholstering furniture for over twenty years. I've been... More
This might be the easiest lamp makeover you'll ever see. A quick trip to Goodwill, where I found a really cool pink acrylic lamp, and to the hardware store and a few minutes with a pair of scissors were all it took to add some soft light to my outdoor space. An electricity-free and battery-free outdoor table lamp like this one — it's solar powered — is perfect for summer nights on your patio or deck
The soft glow of the solar lamp has turned this space into an inviting little evening sitting area.
Materials and tools:
- Solar landscaping light (I got mine at Lowe's for about $9)
- Lamp base (about $5 at Goodwill)
- Lamp shade with socket frame (about $4 at Goodwill)
1. Snip off the electric cord at the base of the lamp.
2. Unscrew the socket and pull out the remaining cord.
3. Cut off the cord at the base of the socket.
4. Remove the metal bracket and screw the socket back on the threaded post.
5. Place the shade down over the socket.
6. Make sure the wire shade frame is snug on the socket.
8. Place the top of the solar light (with the small solar panel facing up) snugly into the socket. My light fit pretty well into the socket, but if yours is wobbly, try using some padding in the socket around the light base. A folded-up piece of scrap fabric, foam or even florist's putty would work well.
Voilà! This cute little lamp looks great outdoors, day or night.
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