This light post lamp looks rough, but it's solid brass under that gunk and black finish, which is why I've held on to it for more years than I can remember. I'd always intended to remake it into an outdoor lantern, and I finally did. First I had pull the wires out. Did that by using a pliers to loosen the nut on the bottom of the fixture.
Then I took the whole thing apart using a screwdriver, which I also used to pry back the little tabs that held the glass in place.
The finial was connected by a hinge, which I removed. I sanded the spot where it was attached to take down the rough metal remaining.
The decorative cuff inside hadn't been painted, so I used a roto tool with a buffing attachment to buff it back to show off it's brassiness.
Then I washed all the parts, let them dry and spray painted all of them (except the cuff and glass, of course) with a Moroccan blue enamel.
After reinstalling the glass, I turned the lamp over and applied a bead of caulk to the bottom and then glued the finial to it. (You'll see what I mean in a sec.)
While that was gluing up, Sweetie Pie cut a couple pieces of boards to size and sandwiched them together--the top one of the sandwich to fit inside the lantern's bottom.
I spray painted them too, and then I attached the cuff to the smaller board. The cuff, as it turned out, fit a 3" battery operated candle perfectly.
Then I slipped the lantern over the sandwich, and I was done. I adore how it turned out. The Moroccan blue and brassy cuff were meant for each other!
And, just for comparison, the before: