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A few weeks ago I was checking out free items on Craigslist and came across a coffee table that was close by so I thought I’d go pick it up. While I was there a man and woman were pretty much completely getting rid of everything in this house. I don’t know who’s home it was but guessing it may have been a grandmother or grandfather who had passed away. Most of the funiture was dated and either needed to be thrown away or made over! It was kind of a dream for me! 🙂
The man helped me carry the coffee table down to the car and then proceeded to tell me I could take anything I wanted! I kind of got giddy and started looking around. I came across a two tiered end table similar to the one I had redone before. I’m so excited to try a different look with that table. I also found 2 HUGE outdated lamps. I’m talking super huge…the shades alone are 17 inches tall. I decided to redo this lamp first because I loved the lines in the base of the lamp.
All you need are few items:
1. Spray Paint
4. Hot Glue Gun
The process is fairly simple. I started by spray painting the base of the lamp with a white primer by Rustoleum. I actually loved the matte look so I left it the way it was. It had great coverage and looked beautiful so why mess with something that’s not broken?! I also gave the cord a little bit of spray paint so it matched nicely and didn’t have a brown cord.
My original plan was to use a gold oil-based paint pen and fill in the indented areas, but as I started doing it I wasn’t a huge fan. I really liked it just plain ‘ole white! I spray painted that area again to cover up the paint pen. I like how the base of the lamp is simple but also dramatic with its detailed lines.
I wanted to create focus on the lamp shade so I found a fun, bold floral pattern that matched with the colors and decor in my living room. I adhered the fabric to the original lamp shade with spray adhesive. You can use most multi-purpose adhesives but make sure it is compatible with fabrics. (Side note…I sprayed the shade with fabreze a day earlier because it had an old “smokey” smell to it.)
I sprayed the adhesive onto the lamp shade itself with a generous coat. I then layed the fabric onto the lamp shade and rubbed my hand around the area to ensure that it was laying flat. I would then rotate the shade and do the next section. I did this until it was completely adhered to the entire lamp shade. I then folded the ends of the fabric to have a crisp, clean line that would go in the back of the lamp shade. I let it dry for about an hour and then I folded the edges over on the top and bottom of the lamp shade and glued the fabric to the lamp shade with a hot glue gun.
I kind of am obsessed with the end product and I’m even more excited that I completed the project for about $5. I already owned the primer, spray adhesive and hot glue gun. I have one more lamp that I got for free at this house and I am excited to try something completely different with that lamp. I also plan to give a more detailed tutorial on how to recover a lamp with that DIY lamp revamp.
Have you ever given a lamp a makeover? Has it completely transformed your room? Well I’m hanging out in Lake Okoboji this week with my family and I’m really looking forward to the 4th of July. It’s kind of a big deal in our family and in Okoboji. While I’ve been here I’ve taken some photos of my parents cabin and I can’t wait to share with you the before and afters on Wednesday! Happy Monday!