Friday, July 13, 2018

How to make a Garden Chandelier

Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
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These days you can actually make the perfect 
lighting fixture suited for any home decor or themed event, and the garden is no exception.
In this short post we will take a common galvanized aluminum with copper lining watering can and turn it into an illuminated garden chandelier that will sure add a pop of glam and sparkle to any outdoor space. 


Below you will see a few of the items used to repurpose this gardening tool.  

Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
In the above image you can view the gardening watering can which was an inexpensive purchase at a local home improvement store for about $16. 
What caught my attention about this item, was the ability to remove the watering head as you will see below.     

Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
The removal of the head or spout of the can allows for a greater watering flow when needed. The Head of the can is normally used when also wanting to water the plants foliage. 
Also note the generously sized pre-drilled holes that can be viewed from the inside of the head. This is key to making our desired project work, as you will see below.  

More on why this option works best for the overall outcome of the project at hand. 

Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
In the three photos above (left) shows the interior of the can and the nozzle opening  that leads up towards the cylinder and tip. the (middle) image shows the nozzle opening at the tip of the cans cylinder and the (right) image simply shows the same nozzle tip at an angled view were the watering head or spout is normally attached. 
Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
Above is a picture of the LED string lighting used for this project. We chose a 5-foot strand, but the choice is absolutely yours. In the image to the (right) we have the included battery box and switch used to operate this string light.

Note:If are going to use this project in an area that will be subject to moisture and rain, my suggestion will be to waterproof the battery box by using some clear silicone to seal any openings including the area were the fuse is covered by the plastic tubing.     

Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
Here you can view how the LED light strand have been fed through the interior nozzle opening of the can all the way up and out the watering nozzle head and or cannula.

Note: These LED strands are very inexpensive and very malleable so you can maneuver small openings as you will see in the latter images.    
Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
This next image shows how the strands were fed up and through the nozzle tip and bunched inside the watering head opening (right image),as means of having the light reflect through the pre-perforated holes, giving a nice shimmering glow to the crystal teardrops. 
Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops 
Ornament hooks were used to attach the crystal garlands to the head of the watering can, by simply inserting them into the pre-perforated holes on both the garlands and the head of the can. A pair of pliers was used to twist the hooks to each other keeping them in place and then bent inward to conceal them into the head of garden can. 

Important: It is important to notice that you must first insert the LED string of lights into the head prior to attaching the garland with the ornament hooks. Inverting the steps will make it difficult for the insertion of the lights. 
Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
The head of the gardening can is now screwed back onto the nozzle (Top Left) and we have now hung the teardrops in the desired lengths to get that cascading effect. 
Now you are ready to hang this gorgeous piece anywhere you like. As you may have noticed in the images above, we chose to hang it in a roofed outdoor patio area were we grow most of the herbs bushels that require mostly shade. 
Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
Another image of this gorgeous outdoor chandelier displaying all of its shimmer and glory under the duskly, nightly skies.

Note: You may also omit the use of LED lights and simply use this piece as an outdoor suncatcher chandelier. The organic flare of the sun reflecting on the crystals will display a prism like glow of colors throughout your garden and or sunroom. 
  

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Repurpose a Wooden Ladder into Linen Rack

A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Linen Rack
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In this short tutorial we will take a simple and weathered old wooden ladder and repurpose it into a practical linen rack. 
Considering that wooden ladders are very much a thing of the past,giving ways to the most ingenious metal ladder designs available on the market today, you may have to opt for looking at your local thrift shops for this forgotten relic.
A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Towel Rack
Above are a few close up shots of the spray paint colors used to refinish this wooden ladder. We decided to go with the soft sheen of satin white and the reflective tones of the metallic chrome.
You may also notice that we decided to leave some inconspicuous areas of the ladder where the natural wood tones are shown.  
A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Towel Rack
In the collage of images above you can see how we grouped a series of 7 towels. this particular ladder with an average height of 6 feet could easily rack 10 towels. Not to mention the top of the ladder that could also make way for extra folded towels and or rags.  

A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Towel Rack
In the set of images above we added a few items that can also be displayed ready for use. Amongst these are body wash,sugar scrubs and aromatherapy products. 
You can chose to display any color towels of choice to match your bedroom or bathroom decor taste.    

A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Towel Rack
On the top shelve of the ladder we were also able to place extra towels neatly folded and or bath rags, and glass jar for easy access to bath sponges and soap bars.
As you can already see, this old wooden ladder has been resurrected with new life giving it meaning and purpose. 
A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Linen Rack
We added some gorgeous throws and scarves ready for the picking. You may choose to hang many or just a simple few adding character and punches of color to the your decor theme.  
A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Linen Rack
In the above images you can see how it transformed from a common regular household handyman/handywoman tool to a creative, functional and integral display rack fit for any interior decor. 

Conclusion: It is needless to say that there are things in our living spaces that seem to get old and unpleasant to the sight as time goes by. Nevertheless,with a little ingenuity and "elbow grease" you can turn any old item into a piece of interior or exterior decor item that will be worthy "YOUR" space made perfect. 
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Ideas for Repurposing a CD Rack into Floor Lamp

How to Repurpose a Cd Rack by turning it into a standing floor lamp
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In this streaming digital media world, cd's and dvd's are soon to become things of the past, an anthology if you will. 
In this post we will take a simple floor standing Cd rack and re-purpose it into a work of art that will not only provide warm and subtle illumination to your living space, but also serve as an interesting and unique conversational piece. 

For this project we will only need a few simple tools that any beginner Do It Yourself and/or beginner handyman or handy-woman should have at his/her disposal.

Items Required are
1. floor standing CD Rack

2. 60 x 1 inch Pine wood (Pine wood is inexpensive and we love it because its wood grains are very bold and pronounced when stained.)

3. Metallic Spray paint (your choice of color(s))

4. Lamp Pull Chain & Sockets kit (your choice of 1 or 2

5. Sample size can of PolyUrethane wood stain
(This step may be skipped by simply painting the wood)
6. Staining cloth or lint free cotton cloth (if using wood stain option)

7. 8 x 8 x 1 inch square of pine wood 
These are what some of these items look like. visiting your nearest local hardware store should have these readily available. We chose Minwax Poly Shades for the wood stain because it provides color as well as the protection and sheen of polyurethane (2 in 1). 

Tools Required are:

1. Drill, 1/4 inch & 3/8 inch drill bits

2. Wood glue (optional for a tighter bond)

3. Wood Screw 

4. Cable ties and/or strip of cable organizer/management 


Below are some images of what these items look like as we put this floor lamp together


Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
In this mage you can appreciate the metallic paint color used for the rack. The pull chain was kept in its original gunsteel color. The pine wood was stained,but we will see this up close a little later on. 
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
Seen above is the base of the Cd rack sitting on a 12 x 12 concrete paver. This was a personal choice since we wanted the lamp to stand taller.  
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets,pull chain and lamp finial
You may choose to use any style finial. We opted for this round chrome style. 

Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
We opted to use two Lamp Sockets with Pull Chain,a large detachable harp and low wattage LED bulbs. Left(lights off)Right(Lights on).

Make sure your harp is large enough so that when the lampshade is harnessed it sits above the bulbs without making them visible at eye level. 
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
In the above image we used the 8 x 8 x 1 pine wood and attached it to the 1 x 60 inch long pine wood we used as the support leg for this floor lamp. The square pine wood was attached to the 60 inch leg by lining it up to the back of the Cd rack and applying some glue and a single wood screw.  
Drill to create the  1/4 opening for the pull chain and the light socket harness that comes along with the kit. 
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain

You also want to drill holes about 3/8 inch in order to make the detachable harp fit snugly into the 8x8x1 square base. 

Note: Since we are creating a double light socket floor lamp, "the steps you do on one side must be repeated on the other side of the top square base".


Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp using pine wood as supporting leg
Here is an up close look of the pine wood used as the supporting leg. We opted for a polyurethane stain instead of painting it to give it a more sophisticated, interesting look. 
The entire Cd Rack was painted in metallic steel spray paint. This blended very well with the charcoal background of the wall.
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp using pine wood as supporting leg
Above is a side view look at the rack near completion. A cable organizer was used to neatly keep them in place and tucked from sight behind the leg of the lamp. 
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp using pine wood as supporting leg
A gorgeous oval shaped,charcoal black, upholstered lampshade was used for the finished project.

Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
Notice here that the 1 x 60 inch pine wood used for the leg takes the full length of the rack (top to bottom). We used cable ties to secure it to the bottom of the rack since we did not use wood at the bottom.  
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
Another image of the finished product. We added a few SACDs and Audio Cd's from the owners vintage collection to give you an idea on how this old played out cd rack could still serve its original purpose, while bringing subtle ambiance lighting to the space.  

Note: As we mentioned previously, take notice on how the lampshade sits high above the LED bulbs.This photo taken at birds eye view,shows you how you can't see the wood base and sockets used for this lamp. Mission accomplished.


How to Repurpose a Cd Rack by turning it into a standing floor lamp
Another close up on how the Cd and DVD Media sits on the top rack. This was used in a living room space and by coupling it with a black lampshade and the black steel metallic paint on the rack, it blended perfectly with the  charcoal colors of the walls. 

If you have a dedicated media room such as a Home Theater, this will be a perfect match for such a theme.

Below we have added a short video snippet of the completed project 
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