I have a couple of super easy lamp makeovers to share with you today. You could knock one of these out in an afternoon, which is fantastic if you are working around a nap schedule like I am.
This one you might remember seeing when I showed you the first part of our family room makeover.
I found the base at a local thrift shop, if I remember correctly I picked it up for $8. I spray primed, then painted with white gloss spray paint. The shade is available at Wal-Mart, it’s a plain white drum. I measured the circumference of the shade and cut my fabric strips to twice that length. (technically I ripped them, it’s faster!)
A simple basting stitch down the center of each fabric strip, then pull the end of one of your threads working the fabric backwards to make your ruffles. I attached each ruffle with a dab of hot glue every few inches. (you can see the glue if you are looking into the shade, but not through the fabric with the light on or off) I think it’s a pretty fast & easy way to add some personality to your space!
Next up is a matched pair of lamps I did to flank our sofa in the front living room.Ok, this is where I apologize for the awkwardly lit photos coming up! This is a tough room to shoot, and I didn’t quite figure it out;)
Since we are blessed to have a family room, this space doesn’t have a lot of toys/kid stuff. It’s more of a snuggle in front of the fireplace with a cozy blanket and a good book kind of room! It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house, although it is still a work in progress!
I had two lamp bases, originally a gold-ish black finish (and not in a good way!) that I paint with some leftover ASCP that I had mixed for the buffet in the kitchen. I didn’t bother to wax them since they won’t be handled much (I can tell you it has been a month now, and they are still holding up just fine).
To make the shades I found a bunch of French ephemera and printed it out. If you tape your printouts inside and turn the lamp on it makes its own light box. I used a fine tipped sharpie pen (not a paint pen) and simply copied it directly onto the shade.
This one came home with me on our last trip to Saskatchewan. I noticed it languishing in the corner of a spare room in the basement of a friend’s house, and when I asked about it she very sweetly offered it me (score!!) and it fits the right side perfectly.
I tried a few other options to balance out the left hand side but nothing was working. I finally spotted this little guy on kijiji, and it fits perfectly. I love that they are both drop leafs, but have different bases. And once they both get a fresh coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s typewriter black they will balance each other out perfectly.
There you go! Some easy DIY lamp makeovers that anyone can do, I think they add a lot to the space, and for an average of $20 each you can’t go wrong!
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