I love lamp. I love lamp.
Anchorman aside, I'm not sure that I love lamp. Not to say that it doesn't look way better than it did before. Lets be honest, it is not hard to make a lamp that my mother got from a garage sale while she was in college look better. That lamp is older than I am, it's about time it got a makeover. What I don't like about it is how tall the lamp is. I'm also not sold on the shade I made for it.
being that this lamp has served my family well throughout my entire existence I will give it the benefit of doubt and allow it a spot on my blog.
Step 1. Gather supplies:
- An old lamp. I suggest places like garage sales or goodwill stores. The cheaper the better.
- Spray paint (whatever color you want your lamp to be)
- Painters tape
- Fabric (for the shade)
- Hot glue gun and glue
Step 2. Admire the absolute awful gold and platinum finish and the pleated lampshade. Isn't just stunningly awful?
Step 3. Take the lampshade off the lamp and cover any parts that you don't want to get paint on with painters tape.Step 4. Spray paint lamp the color of your choosing. I decided to go with white, but I think that a light blue could have been really beautiful too. To make sure that the paint didn't run down the sides I sprayed three light coats of paint. If you miss spots on the first few coats don't worry. You can get them the next time. Also make sure you read the can for instructions. With my paint, I had to let it dry for a little while before spraying it again. This is so the paint will stick to the other layers.
Step 5. I decided that I didn't like the deep indents in the lamp, so I grabbed some twine and wrapped it around the lamp. See pictures below. I believe that it makes it look a lot better, and slightly more "beachy". To get it to stay I just tied very tight knots.
And that's it for the base of the lamp. Now we just need a shade that doesn't look like it belongs on The Brady Bunch television set.
Step 6. Most shades that are pleated have an inner base that the pleats are glued to. Pull the pleated fabric off carefully so that you have the base left.
Step 7. Take the fabric that you chose earlier and cut it so that it will fit around the entire shade. If you are good at sewing now would be the time to bust out your sewing machine to hem the edges. If you are like me and would probably spend years trying to figure a sewing machine out there is another option. Hot glue. Flip the edges in and hot glue them down. This will stop the lamp from fraying.
NOTE: you might want to test the hot glue on the fabric first. Sometimes it dries darker and look like a stain. If it stains you might want to purchase fabric glue instead.
Step 8. Wrap the fabric around the lamp and hot glue the edges down. Make sure that the fabric doesn't have any wrinkles. Cut off any overhanging fabric so that only a centimeter or so is left on the inside of the lamp. If you want you could stop here. I decided that I wanted the twine on the lamp to match the shade so I added a twine border on the top and bottom.
Step 9. Cut three long pieces of twine that will fit around the lamp. Braid them together. Glue them on to the top.
Step 10. Repeat step nine. This time glue it on to the bottom.
And here is the finished lamp. I think I might keep the base and go buy a cheap lampshade for it. I'm not sold on the one I made. But it does look way better than it did before. So I guess I can say I love lamp much more than I did before. Let me know what you think!