Hello lovelies! First of all, my apologies if you weren’t able to get my site to load on Tuesday. I ran some updates the night before and every so often, things can go a bit wonky. If you missed that post, it was a fun one where I shared these four cabinet doors and what I did with them. I hope you get a chance to check them out!
I am really moving through my latest haul, ya’ll!
Today’s makeover is a two-for with these two lamps I picked up at the same time at the thrift store:
I’m going to show you how I brought them back to life! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Let’s start with the bigger of the two. I picked this one up for $6.25 without a shade or finial. I liked the shape of it though, so in the cart it went.
I started with a good cleaning, followed by two coats of Cotton. When the Cotton was barely dry, I used a damp rag to wet-distress the lamp:
Wet-distressing is simply scrubbing away the paint on the raised areas. This becomes increasingly harder to do the longer the paint has had to dry.
I have a few lamps in my booth already, so I know the chances of selling these more quickly is greater if I stick to a simple white shabby look.
How to Cover a lampshade
This lamp did not have a shade with it, as is often the case with thrift store lamps, so I always keep my eyes out for inexpensive shades.
I found this plain white one at HomeGoods for $9.99 a while back, and it was the perfect size for this lamp:
However, I didn’t want just a plain shade for this lamp and found this fabric in my stash that I knew would dress it right up!
Lyla thought I brought it out for her enjoyment only…
No, ma’am…get your paws off my fabric! (It’s hard to say no to that face.)
- The first step in covering a lampshade is making a pattern. I used brown craft paper. I then rolled the lampshade on its side (starting at the seam in the shade) and traced along the edge with a pencil as I went:
5th grader’s pumpkin pencil optional.
- Next I cut my pattern about a 1/2″ wider than the shade on both the top and the bottom edges:
- Then I pinned it to my fabric and cut:
I cut the fabric on the diagonal. Since my shade is smaller at the top than the bottom, the wording would not have been straight all the way around, so I chose this way instead.
- I used my hot glue gun to attach the fabric to the shade:
I applied the glue to the top and bottom edges.
- I then glued the top and bottom edges down and tucked them as best I could into the ring that supports the frame of the lampshade:
- And this is what that looks like when finished…
I could have called it done at this point, but it seemed like it needed a little something more, so I dug through my stash and pulled out this cording that I scored big time on at a yard sale a few years back:
I got a whole roll of this beautiful trim for only $2!
The finished result
That trim was just what this pretty shade needed to finish it off!
And I love how the pattern looks on the diagonal:
I found this fabric at JoAnn Fabrics last summer. I purchased it for another project, but ended up not using it.
I didn’t seal the Cotton at all…just left it as is.
And I didn’t realize that I didn’t get a shot of the finial I used until I was editing the photos, but I bought a four-pack of these small finials on Amazon that I painted to match.
I have a pretty large lamp hoard and noticed that the smaller lamp looked familiar. Sure enough, I discovered that I already had one like it!
I got a way better deal on that one! This one was $5.25, and the other was on clearance for $1.98, but not too bad at all for $7 for a set of lamps, right?
The only problem was, these were missing shades also and that always adds to the bottom line.
Enter these two cuties:
I had one on a lamp in my booth for forever and it just wasn’t selling, so I switched it out. Then, I found a second shade just like it at the thrift store for $3. I’ve been hanging onto the pair for a while now and luckily, they were the perfect size for these lamps!
And as you can see, I added some trim detail to dress these up also.
I started this set of lamps by taping off the parts I didn’t want to get paint on and then gave them each a quick coat of spray primer:
There is no need to prime under chalk paint. This was just a way to get a first coat on there quickly. I followed up with two coats of Cotton, and then gave them a quick sanding with 220 grit sandpaper:
I just love how this sweet set turned out!
And who’s ready for tulip season??
I hope you enjoyed seeing these lamps come back to life! I’m excited that not only was I able to move three lamps from my stash, but also these two shades!
Revisit any of these makeovers at the links below:
Painting the Smalls, Holiday Edition (Five of these pieces are in this post!)
I hope you’ll join me on Tuesday to see what I did with this mirror:
I can’t wait to see either ha ha!
UPDATE: I think you’ll be very pleasantly surprised with this one! See how it turned out now HERE!
Have a fantastic weekend!!
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