Monday, March 8, 2010

Lamp Makeover & Such

I started this last week and just finished it last night..

I was watching TV not too long ago and looked over at this lamp and noticed how dated it looked. I can't tell you how many times I walk past or glance at it and it just hit me that it looks so sad.

This lamp has served me well, I've had it about 10 years..maybe longer. I spent $10 for it and another maybe $50 on the shade and trim...
not feeling the love anymore, that's for sure.

(Since we're here, I'm going to camo this cord.)


This is not the permanent location..I just put it here attempting to get a good picture in natural light.

I painted it satin black, popped on a new shade with grosgrain ribbon (leftover from the bathroom project) and added a tassel & initial. I like the white shade.
I'm on a mission to brighten my living room

My projects tend to snowball...I'll start one and it quickly turns into several more and I still want it all done in a very short amount of time.

So I started on the
lamp which made the cord situation really noticeable which made a fresh coat of white on these baseboards a total necessity for the lamp to look good. See how that works?

Nothing is ever easy!

Here is the after with the cord where I tried to make it blend in, if I was hardcore I would've had the white cord go along the white baseboard.
I'm just not there yet.

One last thought:

I think this bag is so cute. My mom picked it up in the gift department of a little hardware store here in town. It's burlap with a simple handle and stencil/screenprint. It is very sweet and I think it would be a fun project to copy!

I'm posting this at Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts.


  1. I love the tassel and initial! I would never have thought of putting a letter there, but it's so cute. I WILL copy that. :) haha!

  2. What a cute idea of painting the cord! I always have issues with cords and wires. You did a great job on your lamp:)

  3. This looks just fabulous. Love the new shade and the tassel is wonderful too. Great idea. Hugs, Marty

  4. Am here from Make It For Monday, love the redo!

  5. This is a great makeover. Who knew that inside that lamp was an upscale one waiting to come out!
    You did a wonderful job!

  6. i saw (on another blog) that you were looking for Heirloom white paint--try hobby lobby, michael's or another crafts store in your area. very few home depot's or lowe's carry it. good luck!

  7. Wow, you have got it going on... I think it is funny how changing the lamp led to painting the baseboards-THAT is genetic! It looks great, when am I coming over?!

  8. Aww man that lamp brings back memoriess. Key Lime pie ice cream and pizza rolls anyone? Hopefully you won't phump in your box after watching chloe the ear-slicing cook! :) lovve youu

  9. AHAHHAHA! You crazy girl! THOSE were good times! I love you, you little yay-hoo!

  10. Love the new look of the lamp!! Great job :)


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