You Light Up My Life

In our hood, there are no street lights. Every house just has a post lamp at the end of its driveway. Small problem… About six months ago, the light sensor went out and ours stopped automatically coming on every night. Oh yeah, it was also really ugly.

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So, with a dark sidewalk and a house that’s been lacking numbers since we repainted, I set out on a mission to build a new lamp post with a few tricks up its sleeve.

I bought a new lamp online, grabbed some supplies at HD, and went to town on the old post. Two days later, we have a cedar-clad post with illuminated house numbers, an outlet for Christmas lights, and a beautiful craftsman light on top.

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Your move, Joneses.

8 Comments

  1. Ashley said:

    This is really, really nice! Are you going to stain the cedar or let it weather to that classic silver grey?

    March 11, 2013
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    • Kevin said:

      I haven’t quite decided! But if we do anything, it will just be a sealer, to protect the natural color.

      March 11, 2013
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  2. gene5985 said:

    do you remember where you bought the light fixture?

    May 9, 2014
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    • Kevin said:

      Wow, sorry for the delayed response, but it’s an arroyo craftsman post lamp, which you can find online a bunch of places, including 1800lighting.com

      August 15, 2014
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  3. Dan said:

    Absolutely beautiful. Exactly what I’d like to build for our new construction. Do you have any plans, however rough, you could share?

    October 4, 2014
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    • Kevin said:

      Hi Dan – sorry for the delay. Check out my response to Ben’s comment and let me know if you need more detail.

      March 22, 2015
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  4. Ben said:

    Can you tell me how the post was put together? Did you use a 4×4 and then frame out the edging?

    March 22, 2015
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    • Kevin said:

      Hi Ben – What I did was sink a post anchor into the ground with concrete, and then I built a hollow post, with pressure treated 2x6s on two sides, and 2x4s on the other, leaving a 4×4″ hollow center for the wiring, outlet boxes, etc. to fit inside. I set that frame around the post anchor, and used lag bolts all the way through the base to anchor it in place. Then I just wrapped the hollow post with cedar and trimmed it out.

      Hope that helps.

      March 22, 2015
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