Hello lovelies! Anyone in the mood for a great way to repurpose an old lamp? Oh, did you think I was sharing old frames today? Well, how about we repurpose both?
I’ve done this same thing with several lamps in the past, and when I saw lamps and frames in my haul, I knew I wanted to do the same with these!
I started with the shorter of these two lamps from my current haul:
And one of these beauties that I shared a peek of on Tuesday, also from my current haul:
How to Repurpose and Old Lamp
The first step in repurposing this lamp is to cut the cord…it takes some guts to cut it, but just do it quickly!
Ahhhh what have I done??
Ha ha…next you will need to remove the cord and the part that houses the bulb. That part can usually be unscrewed from the metal threaded rod that runs through center of most lamps, leaving the metal rod exposed:
Next, you will need to find a frame that is thick enough for that metal piece to screw into.
That’s why these two chunky frames were perfect for this purpose…
I simply drilled a hole using a 3/8″ drill bit:
I recommend adding a piece of tape to your drill bit to mark how deep to drill into your frame. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Next, I added a bit of E6000 glue to the threads and screwed my frame snuggly in place:
The threads of the rod act like a screw. The E6000 is just for added security.
And voila…we’re on our way to creating one-of-a-kind mini message boards!
Okay, THREE mini message boards!
After I got started on the first set, I dug around in my stash to find a lamp that would go with the second frame in the photo above. I also found one more set that I was able to pair up! The other lamp in my haul was a bit too tall to work.
I gave them each a quick spray of Rustoleum spray primer just to give them a quick first coat of paint:
This is my small spray shelter that I’m using…it was a bit windy, and this helps protect the things around me from what I’m painting!
Priming white allowed me to follow up with just one coat of each paint color:
To make the chalkboards, I use hardboard and Rustoleum’s chalkboard spray paint:
Check out more details on how I make my chalkboards HERE.
I secured the chalkboards to the frames using my Logan Point Driver. If you make a lot of chalkboards or repurpose frames and mirrors often, this tool is a must-have!
I love how combining these lamps and frames turned out!
I painted the original set in this dreamy blue:
The White Wax also seals and protects, so this coastal cutie was done!
I also repurposed this lamp and frame:
This frame was on clearance for 95¢ and the lamp is one I’ve had in my stash for several years!
I love the details on this lamp AND this frame!
That antique gold color comes through so nicely!
How about this set?
This is the other frame from my current haul, and I married it to this pineapple lamp:
Aloha! This pretty Farmhouse Green is so fresh and summery!
I enhanced the details on this one with White Wax also:
But wait…I have one more!
This is one I had done a few months ago that I hadn’t planned to blog about. It was just sitting waiting for its chalkboard.
Just one small detail to add some pretty!
I used Fluff on this one…
And I used the cheat method to distress this one!
Here is how I present them to sell in my booth:
The small bag holds two pieces of chalk, and I make those from fabric scraps!
How fun are these?? Wouldn’t they make great gifts?
I hope you enjoyed this crafty project!
Here is another lamp that got the mini memo board treatment…
See how it turned out HERE!
I get to cross those frames off, but the I need to do something with the other lamp before I can call those done!
Missed any?? See what I’ve transformed so far at at the links below!
I’ll be back on Thursday with this hutch:
UPDATE: No need to wait…you can see how beautiful and elegant this hutch turned out HERE now!
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