Upcycling a Rusty Septic Pipe



Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

I know you’re curious and that’s why you’re here.  What can you do with a rusty, dirty, previously used, septic pipe. You gotta admit that that is one fine looking poo pipe, a nice round circular shape, nice rusty patina, a little bit of architectural detail.  No? Well, I’m gonna change your mind.

This particular pipe was found by the side of the road where it probably had sat for at least 20 years.  Any odor from it’s previous job had long ago vanished.

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

First order of business was to take off the end cap which revealed a still intact rubber gasket.  After the rubber gasket was pried out, I was left with a raised rim around the pipe.  I was hoping that the pipe would sit flat on a table, not on a rim. hmmmm… I’ll have to get back to that.

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

I’ve had this pipe for a few months now and I must admit my hubby has given me that look more than a few times…You know the one…Seriously a septic pipe?? Surely he must see the hidden potential.

Unfortunately I couldn’t do anything with the pipe until I could cut it. The pipe was about 6 inches too long.

I finally got my big chance to bring the poo pipe out of the garage when my kids gave me an angle grinder for my birthday (that, and a kreg jig..they know me so well).

After cutting, sand down the pipe as much as you can, removing any chunky rust or dirt.

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

Back to the bottom; this 7 inch round disk is the perfect diameter, but in order for the pipe to sit flat I’m going to have to cut a circle out of the middle.

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

If you have never cut an interior circle, mark your hole then simply drill a hole wide enough to insert a jigsaw and cut away.

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

The wooden circle was attached with builders adhesive.

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

It’s the same idea for the top but constructed a bit differently since there was no rim.  

Cut a circle out of scrap wood the same size as the interior of the pipe.  Attach a wooden disk, another 7 inch round, to the circle you just cut.  I used finishing nails and wood glue to attach the two pieces together.

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

Place the scrap wood and circle thing you just created on your pipe.  Drill a 3/8″ hole in the center of the wooden disk, insert a nipple and tighten with a locknut.

Can you tell what I’m making?  Did you guess a lamp?  Poo pipes make great lamps.  Who knew?

For complete lamp wiring details  with lots and lots of pictures see my post here.  With a kit, it is so much easier than you think.

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

Glue the top disk in place with builders adhesive. The builders adhesive is spread between the inner wood disk and pipe. With a level make sure the top disk sits flat while the glue is still wet.

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

Any gaps between the pipe and wooden disks can be filled in with a paintable caulk once the adhesive dries. 

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

Once the caulk is dry, it’s time for paint. The pipe and wood were sprayed with white rustoleum…wouldn’t want my pipe to rust now would we? White paint was followed by painters tape filled in with gray chalk paint.

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

A little sanding followed by a coat of clear and tinted wax brings out the lamps character.

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

The lamp wiring is completed.

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

Rusty Pipe Lamp diy

Quite a transformation and just by looking at it you would never guess what it was originally used for.

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