Monday, March 11, 2013

10 stylish ways to update a lamp...

I'll confess I have a collection of old lamps taking over the guest room in our basement,
 so it goes without saying I'd have a collection of diy ideas for updating them...some day!
These are from my 'Secret Diy' Pinterest board, but since sharing is what blogging is all
about, I decided to give you a peek at what I put in my private file...

1. Easiest and most popular, recover the shade.

design sponge how to here

sand and sisal how to here 

2. Paint or gold leaf the inside of the shade. 
thomas smythe
3. Paper or fabric on the inside of the shade.

4. Recover the base with something unusual.

5. Embellish the base by adding hardware.
Lisa Mende Design

6. Spray paint the shade and base the same color.

mary mcdonald

7. Rub 'n Buff and a paint brush.
Dana Gibson

8. Add a base and/or feet to the bottom.

9. Add trim to the shade

evolution of style blog  
our fifth house how to here

10. Add a decorative finial.

for the love of a house how to here

Hope this helps if you share my lamp addiction!


Dana Frieling said...

You always hand out great advice! I've never thought of adding feet to a lamp. You can embellish a lamp for my house any day!

My Crafty Home Life said...

I really like #4 that beaded thing. Great ideas.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

all fabulous ideas! that little vignette of carmel's is one of my favorites!

l o v e l y t h i n g s said...

Great that orange one with the shade and base the same color.

Calypso In The Country said...

Love all the ideas. Yesterday I bought a simple shade from Lowe's for my son's room. I wanted to replace the basic worn out one that came with the lamp. It was a quick and cheap update!

ChicLiving said...

Some great DIYs here! I'm actually planning a weekend of thrift stores and antiquing this weekend in hopes to find some I have some makeover ideas :)

Lori said...

Great ideas. I love the added hardware, gold leafing, fabric on the inside. Thanks for another new adiction!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

I had a couple lamps when we were first married and that was the only light we had in our living room. And to plug them in I had to run extension cords around the baseboard and into the other room. Since we redid the room and I have can lights and a center light I have not been able to bring myself to use lamps!! LOL! All the cool stuff out there being done to the shades is making me think it might be time to do a lamp again though!!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Pam...I have a lot of vintage lamps and a couple of them I have been meaning to recover the shades...I love the coral hardware on the blue and white lamp....

Abbey said...

Love number 1 and 3! The wrapped twine looks so rustic and chic at same time :)

Fletcher @ High Cotton Style said...

great ideas. I love a gold leaf lamp shade!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

And once again, we're on the same wave length! Got two lamps sitting outside drying as we speak...posting later this week! Love the adding hardware idea!

Meredith and the New Yorkie said...

Pam, you are a mind reader! Gwyneth and I have been brainstorming ways to update the shades on our new Ikea sconces in the bedroom, and this is just what we needed for inspiration! Thank you!

mk & Gwynnie

Leslie said...

Love the blue and white lamp on the dark wood! This is great Pam.. I need a guest room lamp and I'm still looking for two small ones for the side tables in my bedroom. I'm torn between a more contemporary look or going a little more traditional...


therelishedroost said...

Wow, great blog, I just found this and I am so glad! I love lamps.. they are the little eye candy to a room and you posted some wonderful ones!
The Relished Roost

Nancy said...

I love this post. Lamp enhancements are the most fun and unexpected surprise in a room. I love the insides of shades to be gold or even that ikat pattern! great idea. All of these are spectacular ideas.
xo Nancy

jennifer smith said...

Wow so many good ideas. I will have to take inventory of the lamps in my house and see which could use a makeover, I am not terribly crafty but this looks like something even I could attempt!

Gypsy Heart said...

"Hi, my name is Pat and I am addicted to lamps."

I really have a problem! :) These are so unique ~ thanks much for sharing.


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