|I was given this giant brass lamp when I moved into my first place alone. It was free and worked for the time being. Fast forward 8 years and we're in our house, trying to make it a home. This lamp hasn't been used in over 5 years and was sitting in our junk room's closet. I donated the lamp shade to the local charity organization (our version of Good Will) and so I needed to find something to do with the base or it was going to be donated too. |
Enter a new project - a couple days ago I saw someone take a lamp base and make into yard art. I figured I could do this and make either a bird bath or a bird feeder. I already have three bird feeders in the yard and although that's never enough for the neighborhood birds (I swear I'm the only one who feeds them!), I really didn't want another one. So I figured I'd make a bird bath. I don't have one yet and it would be nice addition to Lily's Garden.
So, I started with the base of the lamp. After a good cleaning, I was left with this in all of it's brassy goodness:
|Before - brass, ugly, gigantic!|
|Underneath. I cut the wires with my kitchen sheers.|
Now that I had the base ready, I needed to figure out what I was going to make the bowl with. At first I thought a ceramic plate from the garden center would work but they were out of the size I wanted. That ended up being a good thing becauase after "shopping" my home, I found this unused fountain base that I got for free when I was a freshman in college.
|BEFORE! An old bowl from a table top fountain (that was free while at college) that was taking up shelf space in my basement.|
|Before - inside.|
Here's the base all spray painted up... it's a gorgeous metallic color that's part ORB (oil rubbed bronze) and part glittery goodness. The spray paint and the glue are the only things I bought and I have plenty left over of both for future projects.
|Before the disk like shape was glued on (to help support the bowl).|
|Disk placement before glueing on the bowl.|
|Underneath. You can see a little bit of the glue dripping down. Ignore the window behind this... that's our basement and a horrible mess (and curtains from the previous homeowner).|
And here it is! I'm letting the glue dry overnight before filling it up with water. I think the birdies will like it!
|In place behind the hydrangeas.|
|Just waiting for the glue to dry so I can fill it up with water. Don't you like the drift wood?|
|In place. You can kind of see a sneak peak of a future project in the top left corner.|