I think one of the key elements in making my secret garden look like an outdoor room was the addition of this solar powered lamp. This lamp was an after thought. Originally I was going to put the mirror behind the bench but when I decided it looked better on the other fence, I needed some height on this "wall".
Here is what you will need:
PVC pipe ( there are different thicknesses as well as diameters. I got the thickest because I did not want it bending in the wind)
Lamp Shade ( I got mine at IKEA. I love them because the inside swivels and you can use it up or down)
Heavy gauge Wire ( not pictured)
"Garage Sale" Stickers (*optional)
Electrical tape (not pictured)
The first thing is to figure out how tall you want your lamp. Then add at least 2 feet to that amount (mine was about 30 inches extra). Cut the pipe with pipe cutters or a saw.
I then cleaned the pipe and spray painted it silver. Once it had a couple coats of the silver spray paint, I covered it in the dot stickers. Rub the stickers really well to make sure they are on there really well. Then I spray painted it white. Wait for at least an hour. You don't want the paint to be tacky or soft. It needs to be all the way hard and dry before attempting to peel off the stickers. I was worried about the paint scratching off but had no problems at all.
I decided where I wanted it placed. Then with the help of my husband, I held it straight while he carefully pounded it into the wet ground with a sledge hammer. Like I said before, my PVC pipe was an extra 30 inches. That is how far we pounded it in.
Now it is time to assemble!
I am not going to lie. This next step is not pretty. But unless you squat down and look up, you can't see this part of the lamp. This step is all about function!
I first taped the solar light to the lamp shade. I swiveled the inside of the lamp down (I love IKEA lamp shades!) and went around with the tape about 3 times. Slide the long part of the solar light (the part that would normally go in the ground) into the hole at the top of the PVC pipe.
I had drilled holes a little bit bigger than the size of the wire all around the top of the PVC pipe. I fed the wire through, twisted it, then took the long end and wrapped it around the light and lamp shade.
Do you want to know if it holds up well? Ha! This lamp has survived 3 horrible wind storms we recently have had. We are talking shingles off the roof, giant tree in our backyard uprooted, and neighbor's trampolines flying over fences. An this lamp stayed strong. The lampshade was a tad bit crooked, but other than that it was solid.
The only thing I wonder about is cleaning the lampshade if it gets dirty. It is plastic with canvas on the outside so I should be able to scrub it. Is there something you can spray on it, do you know? Like a scotch guard kind of thing?
I love my lamp! I have yet to sit out there at night but I love peeking out the window and see the light on :)
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