Revamped Lamp Project
Revamped Lamp Project

From the blogger: "My husband wanted to throw his gaudy old gold lamp away but I knew with a little paint and a new shade it could be gorgeous!"


Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsRecycled Materials

Primary TechniquePainting


Materials List

  • Old lamp
  • New shade
  • Choice of paint plus a brush
  • Twine (for wrapping certain parts of the lamp)
  • Hot glue (or any type of gorilla or crazy glue would be fine)
  • Painters tape


DIY Project Instructions

  1. Remove the shade and bulb.

  2. Tape off the cord so it doesn't get paint on it.

  3. Paint the entire lamp (even the glass!)

  4. Do three coats of paint on the lamp, letting each coat dry thoroughly.

  5. Choose the parts of the lamp you want to wrap in twine and start by carefully gluing the end and then wrapping it tightly.

  6. Once you have the piece covered in twine in the places you chose, secure the twine with more glue and hold it it firmly until it holds.

  7. Put on the new shade, replace the bulb and plugin the lamp in, you're done!

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Yes. Only those who have an eye for beauty will have an idea what to do when they see an old lamp standing on a thrift store. You will never know that his Revamped Lamp Project is that old lamp standing alone and lonely. I love thrift stores because of these useful finds.

This revamped lamp looks great! I am a thrift store shopper and often look for lamps that I can makeover to look nice enough to sell in my antique mall booth. I find milk glass lamps often and find that I almost always need to repaint the metal part of the lamp. My husband rewires the lamps for me so they are very safe and have longer cords than most of the older lamps provide. I also like the idea of using twine to add texture (and cover up ugly parts) to the lamp. Great idea that makes me want to hit the stores to see if I can find a lamp to rescue!

Wow, this transformation is amazing. It looks like the lamp should have looked like that from the start!

This looks so nautical and chic! What a great idea!


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