Thift-Shop Upcycled Lamp- Adorable!


Before! (sort of lol- you can’t really tell because I got excited and didn’t take a true before picture- but the base was a brass color- icky!)


This was another super duper simple project.  I started with a thrift shop lamp base (that worked- duh!) and shade- just look at the bones- don’t get caught up on colors or patterns….people, they don’t have to match- that is exactly the point!  And, please please please (I beg!!)- look for a good price ;)….I do most of my thrift shop hunting on 50% off day- why pay full price at a thrift shop (sheesh!).

I picked up a couple of cutesie things for the lampshade design (Michael’s)- and some burlap (Joanne’s).  I had the paint on hand….here are the supplies:

cutesie things!

cutesie things!

Paint (purchased at Home Depot)- Heirloom White i believe (I can fly!!??)

The rest was a piece of cake (not that the first part wasn’t…the shopping/designing in my head as I go part is allllways fun!)….

All ya gotta do is:

  1. Tape off the part of the lamp base you don’t want painted with painters tape (like the switch)
  2. spray paint (you may want to sand lightly first- I did not)
  3. second coat- usually a good idea- play by ear- how does it look after one coat?  not so good- ok, apply another (it’s a very *fine* science ;))
  4. third coat- ya, i never go there
  5. For the shade- now I’m not saying this is the best way to do this…this is just how I did it lol (and I probably would have taken more care if I was selling it- but it was just to adorn my daughter’s dresser- so nobody was going to be inspecting it tee hee)…take your fabric, lay it out and wrap the shade in it so you get a rough idea of where to cut.  Leave some play on the top and bottom- and cut your fabric down to size.
  6. Take your handy dandy hot glue gun (safety first- but I usually just expect to be burned- it goes better that way- and by burned- I mean, ow that hurt- not get out the burn ointment and bandaids…now, this is a low temp glue gun- just as a disclosure)…work your way around the top and bottom of the lampshade and glue down as you go, pulling the material tight along the way- it doesn’t have to be perfect- worst case just rip some off and reglue- you got this!
  7. use your cutesie accessories and accessorize- apply with hot glue gun
  8. wa la- you are finished- put the shade on the base- and take some pictures to post to your Facebook Wall- you are a do-it-your-selfer!!! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

Traci 🙂


adorable, ya?? 🙂


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