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Friday, February 25, 2011

Lamp Re-Do

Remember the lamps I got from the first sale of the new year! They were only $15 each. I thought I could use them but when I brought them home I felt like they where too dark for my sun room. They really are nice but not for in here.

So I first decided to cover the dark shade. I bought a drop cloth yes I said drop cloth and covered the shade. They are a cheap alternative for a great look.

The first thing you need to do is lay the shade on its side and roll it to trace the shape. I cut the fabric leaving an inch around the pencil line. Next I clipped it tight to the shade.

Go hear to see the inspiration.

Ballard Designs

This is the Pottery Barn/Ballard Design inspired shade. I used a glue gun to glue the top and the bottom to the inside of the shade and down the folded seam. After placing it on the lamp I noticed the base was still very dark.

So I added a creamy eggshell paint and brushed it on to give it a plaster look. Kinda shabby but cool texture!
Since this room is so bright I think it did a wonder for the look and it matched with the rest of it. I use a paper towel to take off the paint and smear it around.

I wanted the underneath color to come through. I also wanted to give it more texture.
It already had all the fun details!

I finished it and added the lampshade. I might put a painted pattern on the shade later. I really like the overall look.

This is the before:

This is the after:

It sure did lighten the look and I already had the paint and the material was under $10. I have a lot more left to do pillows for the sofa. Yay! Another project!

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Knock off party :

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CherishedHearts Vintage said...

I love the canvas dropcloths and have been thinking of using them for my craftroom.

Wonderful job on the lamp!

Holly said...

What a big change! I really like the aged look you gave the really looks quite a lot like the Ballard lamp.
Thanks so much for joining my party!

Deborah Jean said...

I love this transformation.. Been thinking of a similar treatment for two yard sale lamp finds of my own.. I think I'll go for it!
thanks for the inspiration!

Dayhomemama said...

That's fabulous! I did a lamp recently too, I just changed the switch last night because it was so hard to turn, when I took it off, you could tell it was the original...yikes!! They just do 't make lamps as nice anymore, so it's great to re-do an old one!

Pamma said...

Looks great! I am going to do some fabric on a lamp soon...I have seen so many that look great! Love it!

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Looks great!!!!
I am so lovin drop cloths!!!
I bet the makers of them are wondering what is going on with all the sudden purchases of drop cloths!!

freckled laundry said...

It looks beautiful! Thank you for sharing with air your laundry Friday!