Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lamp Post Revival

I love the character of old houses... but our house, built in the 50's, isn't quite old enough for the type of character that makes me fall in love. Therefore we remodeled a lot of our house. One thing that did appeal to me when we were looking at our house was the old gas lamp post out front. It isn't in working order right now but I wanted to spruce it up a little. Heres the tutorial!
This is the old lamp post, glass removed for painting, was a sore sight. Bees had taken over, rust had formed and years of sun had left it long past its prime.
I wiped it off really well before spray painting it with the first layer of spray paint, a plain brown color from Rusoleum
Not at all the desired color I was looking for, so I added Rustoleum's Hammered Spray in Dark Bronze.
Perfection. We wanted it to match the new porch light we installed and the hammered spray gave it the perfect finish! The final touch to the post was the new garden! The hubbs was gracious enough to build the box for me and I planted purple Irises, Spiderworts, and 2 kinds of Hostas.
(After the plants had some time to settle in!) 
I can't wait to see how nice the plants will come in this year!

Daily Inspiration -
Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105


  1. Love your lamp post makeover! It looks great! I have been wanting a lamp post for so long in my front yard, but after 6 years of living here, I think I have finally given up on the idea! Kind of a pain with the electric & everything! So I will just continue to admire others :)

  2. Tonya, thanks for your comment! Ours is an old gas lamp post that doesn't work anymore.... but it adds such character that I didn't want to take it down! You can always put one in and worry about wiring it later!

  3. Beautiful job on your lampost -- it looks wonderful! Love how you put the plants and made the planting box around it. Great job!

  4. P.S. I just became a Follower, but I don't know why my photo didn't show up! Oh well...