Hello lovelies! Today’s makeover is a two-for! I’m sharing how I redid two lamps, and as a bonus, I’ll also be sharing how to cover a lamp shade!
These are my subjects for today’s makeover…I picked them both 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.
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, so you want to do it soon after painting.
I have a few lamps in my booth already, so I know the chances of selling these quickly is greater if I stick to a simple white shabby look.
How to Cover a lamp shade
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 lamp shade 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:
Then 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 lamp shade:
- 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 gimp 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!
I hope you enjoyed seeing these lamps come back to life! I was excited that not only was I able to move three lamps from my stash, but also two shades!
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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:
UPDATE: I think you’ll be very pleasantly surprised with this one! See how it turned out now HERE!
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