Old Crutches Floor Lamp

This project you are either going to love or hate.   There is really no in between.   It is most random and crazy Roadkill Rescue project to date.   It is a floor lamp made out of crutches.   What the?   I know…craziness I tell you.

crutches floor lamp

Pin ItBack in November I was issued a challenge by Indy Style host Tracy Forner. Yes, he is as zany as he looks!

When I was doing my monthly creative segment on the show he issued me the challenge of making over an old pair of wood crutches that he himself rescued from a dumpster. I would never stoop so low to jump in a dumpster…{giggle}.   Actually they were propped up against a dumpster so he able to rescue them without infection or disease.

Roadkill rescue challenge

So I thought…and I thought…and I thought some more and came up with a fun, quirky, modern floor lamp to go in my coral and gray guest bedroom.   Even if this isn’t your style I hope you will appreciate the “think-outside-the-box” idea I came up with.


Wood Crutches

Cotton Poly Rope

Chop Saw

Black Rit Dye

1/2 metal conduit


drill with long 1/2” drill bit



wood glue

lamp kit


hot glue gun

Krylon spray primer

Krylon Satin Ivory spray paint

measuring tape

1.   The first thing I did was cut the top of one of the crutches in half with my chop saw (#1).   On the other crutch I drilled a hole through the top of the crutch (this will be where the bottom of the lamp cord threads through) Crutch #2.

crutch collage

2.   Then I asked a friend (thank you Tim!) who is a contractor to drill a 3/8” hole down the width of the wood where you adjust the height of the crutches (I will now refer to this piece as the “leg”).   I didn’t have a drill bit long enough and I was nervous to attempt it myself.   Then I screwed the threaded nipple that comes in the lamp kit onto the tip of the leg.   This will also be where the lamp cord runs through.

crutch hole

3.   I measured about how tall I wanted the lamp to be and adjusted the leg to that height.   Then I measured from the bottom of the leg to the top of the base and cut a piece of 1/2” metal conduit piping (about $1.75 for 12 feet) to size with a metal hacksaw.

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4.   Next I sanded the entire crutch lamp down with a medium grit sandpaper and washed it really well to prep it for paint.

5.   I strung the lamp kit through the bottom of the base, through the metal conduit and up through the adjustable leg of the crutch using fishing line and a little weight to thread it through.   I also screwed the threaded nipple onto the top of the leg of the crutch.


6.   With the bottom of the base together and the metal pipe in place I adjusted the middle wood part to make sure it was a tight fit with the pipe.   I used Gorilla Wood Glue and clamped the entire piece together overnight.

crutches recycle

7.   In the morning I took the clamps off.   It was starting to look like a lamp.   I taped off both ends of the cord and spray primed the entire piece.   After it was dry I gave it a quick coat of Krylon Satin Ivory spray paint.

crutch upcycle

8.   Meanwhile I took the cotton poly rope (50 feet of it) and dyed it a Driftwood Gray using the color formula guide on the Rit Dye site.


9.   Once the entire piece was dry I attached the light bulb socket according to the directions on the package.

10.   Then I started wrapping the dyed rope around the base of the lamp hot gluing as I went.   It just looked naked and boring without the rope.

wood crutches reuse



11.   I picked up a large shade at Target and popped it on and added a light bulb.

crutches to lamp

crutches lamp

And there you have it.   I bet no one else has a lamp like this in their guest room.   {Giggle}.   I still need to add some art to the right of the lamp to tie the entire corner together. It took a little time to fall in love with, but now I can say I am quite fond of it.

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