Monday, August 22, 2011

a new lamp

I've been doing some changing and rearranging around my always.  Nothing ever stays the same for too long around here.  When I tackled the dining area, I moved around a few things and found that I needed a new lamp.  Something substantial and that made a statement. 

I think this lamp does that.

I started with this lamp base found at Goodwill that was already painted green.

I gave it a coat of flat white spray paint.  After sanding it down a little so the green would show through, I sealed it with a spray sealer.

For the lampshade, plain white just wouldn't do.  I found some great fabric at Hobby Lobby to cover the drum lampshade from Target.

Now I'm not going to tell you it was easy to cover this.  I made many mistakes.  But I used hot glue as my adhesive so I was able to pull it apart and try again.  It takes double the width of fabric you think you'll need.  Trust me on that.  The little strip shown in this picture was not enough.  I used hot glue along the seem edges, pulled it over the top and bottom and secured on the inside edges with more hot glue. 

I'm really happy with how it turned out. 

Here it is in the room.  More pics of the entire room to come.


  1. OH MY CUTENESS!!! I love the color and the shade turned out amazing! Awesome job! Hey, thanks for stopping by and leaving me some loves! You made my day :) I'm going to follow your fabulousness.

    Jennie{Cinnaberry Suite}

  2. how GREAT is that! I may have to call you and get you to wall me through it! I need a new lamp!

  3. Great idea to paint it one color and then white and sand! Never thought to do that to a lamp. Love the fabric you recovered it with. I just recovered a lampshade last week and I agree that it was a pain! Thank goodness for hot glue!

  4. This is gorgeous, it looks like it was made for that corner....oh, wait, it was! :) Good job xx

  5. I love everything about this new lamp! You did a great job! I would love it if you would come link this up to my link party!!

    xoxo, Ashley J @

  6. I found you on Tip Junkie, and I just LOVE what you did. I know what I'm doing this weekend!

    By the way, I am hosting a giveaway right now & would love to have you check it out!

    Your newest follower!

  7. Love it! Just shared it on Embellishing Life facebook page :-)

  8. Super cute idea! Love the black and white fabric! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Really cute lampshade! Love the quatrefoil fabric :)

  10. Great job on the lamp redo. I love the fabric choice. I would be so happy if you shared this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
    Hope to see you there.
    carolyn | homework

  11. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!

  12. Love it! And I really want that lampshade!

  13. LOVE this lamp! I am so glad that you said that it was not the easiest thing to cover the shade. I HATE covering shades.Mostly because I suck at it.So glad to know that I am not alone AND that I can try again! thanks for the inspiration!!

  14. Aw, what a sweet little lamp! I adore this piece. Great job!

    I would love to have you share this at my link party--

  15. Looks terrific. You did a great job and to think it all started with a great find from the Goodwill. Hugs!

  16. Love this! I need to redo a lamp for my daughter's bedroom but haven't figured out how I want to do it yet!

  17. this lamp looks great! Love the fabric choice!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Plus there is a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  18. I LOVE how your lamp turned out! We'll be featuring your project tomorrow at our {{What I Made Wednesday}} highlights. Thanks for linking up and come grab a featured button!:)



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