July 17, 2010

A quick little lamp makeover

I picked up this wee lamp at the local auction on Thursday, along with a gorgeous french style iron vintage bed that I cannot wait to get set up in my daughter's room, a kitchen step stool, and a framed shabby chic flower print.  Sorry, I only have photos of the lamp tonight, will save the rest for when I have some 'after' shots!

Anyway, here is the before shot of the lamp:
What a stunner!  As I have never upcycled a lamp before, I thought I would start small, and simple.  I wasted no time in ripping it to bits...
Then I masked the electrical fitting and cord, and sprayed the base with Rustoleum Spray Paint in Satin White (the one that sticks to anything, fantastic stuff!)  I got too excited and forgot to take photos, sorry!  What I did next was cut a piece of my chosen fabric (which happens to be oilcloth), then sprayed it with spray adhesive, and stuck it to my shade.  Gosh I love that stuff!  Next, I tried it on my lamp stand but it looked like it needed a little something more so I found some matching ric-rac braid in my stash, and hot-glued it around the top and bottom.  Put it back together and here it is:
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18 comments:

  1. Wow, it looks amazing! How inspiring - I'll be looking out for lamps from now on. Hope you have a great weekend. Michelle

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  2. What a great idea to cover the lamp in oilcloth. Looks fantastic!
    Pam

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  3. Hi Karen, well your first lamp project, it looks amazing. Somehow I think you will be doing more of these. Love that oilcloth. Have a great weekend and I will email soon. Sandy x

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  4. That lamp looks amazing Karen! Love the fabric and braid you chose. Sandy is doing 2 lamps for me at the moment and she's been sharing some of your handy hints with me re resene sealers:o)
    Angex

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  5. Well done, it looks amazing, cheers katherine

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  6. Oh this is too cute! I love lamp makeovers.
    Kelly

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  7. What a gorgeous little lamp you've done! Thanks for sharing - you make it look easy! Glad I've found your blog, so much inspiration, I'm enjoying browsing through your archives! Cheers, Christine

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  8. So very darling, you'd never know it was the same lamp. I love the fabric you found.

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  9. That turned out so cute! I love the fabric. I have a large bit of oil cloth with sunflowers and poppies that I brought back from Italy and still haven't used!

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  10. You did a great job on the lamp... the fabric is beautiful (never heard of oil cloth). I agree with you, the ric-rac trim was a nice finshing touch.

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  11. You do such great work! It looks so cute and so cheerful.

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  12. It's so cute! The shade is adorable.

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  13. The lamp is adorable! So cheery now! Love the fabric and the trim is a nice touch.

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  14. I love what you did with the shade... was a huge improvement.

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  15. Beautiful. It reminds me of Cath Kidston. :)

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  16. That is awfully darn cute! Great job!

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  17. Love the lamp and love the idea of using oilcloth!!!

    LaKeta

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