Happy Monday my friends! I hope you all had a relaxing and restful weekend! Or for all you DIYers, home improvers, decorators and designer...


Happy Monday my friends! I hope you all had a relaxing and restful weekend! Or for all you DIYers, home improvers, decorators and designers out there, a productive weekend! Before I share with you a great make over today, I want to give a shout out to my RAMSIGN winner Sally. SALLY...I have not heard back from you and you did not leave an email for me to contact you. You will have until next Saturday to claim your prize, or I will have to draw another name! Thank you

 With that being said, Let's......

It all started when I found this lovely little light. Well, she is not so little and she's not so light. She measures 33" from top to bottom and is made out of ceramic! I immediately fell in love with her lines. Her style and color, not so much, and I felt the lamp shade was a tad on the big side. Let's face it, it is straight out of the 70's! But I knew I could bring her into the 2000's!

I started by getting rid of the lamp shade. I didn't get rid of it entirely, I kept it for some "future" project. You never know!! I put a coat of primer on the body, the base and the bulb stem thingy. I am sure it has a technical name but I don't know what that is?! I put a plastic bag around the cord and taped it at the base. It already looks better!

I then used Glad Press n' Seal around the top of the lamp, so I could spray paint the bulb stem silver. This stuff worked great. I could get up really close to the edge and not worry about spraying the lamp!

Once the spray paint and primer were dried. I continued to paint the body and base in black, white and grey. I loved the way it transformed instantly!!

The next step was to figure out the lamp shade situation. I found a Self-Adhesive lamp shade online from Hobby Lobby. It measured 4"x11"x7.5". I then found my dream fabric on Etsy. I ordered 1/2 yard! It was the perfect amount. All of the instructions for the lamp shade came with it. It was a no brainer!!

So I began to follow the instructions. I saved the wax paper that was around the lamp shade and traced it over my fabric! As you can see it is not perfectly straight.

I started my fabric at the beginning of the seam of the shade and used my hand to press it smooth and adhere well. Then I glued down the edges using craft glue. I have often seen people use clothes pins to hold down the edges while it dries, but I didn't have clothes pins, so I used what I had on hand. Paper clips!

Once my craft glue dried, I cut the extra fabric out from the inside of the shade to give it a more polished appearance. I then ran a bead of craft glue around the raw edges and smoothed it with my fingers to help seal the fabric and keep it from fraying.

I finished by adding some decorative trim to help tie in the body of the lamp to the shade. Again, I used a bead of craft glue around the shade and slowly pressed it all away around the edges. I made sure to start and stop at the seam of the lamp shade. I also applied a little of craft glue to the beginning and end of the trim to keep it from fraying over time.

I love the way the trim repeats the pattern found in the body of the lamp!

And that was all it took to give this little light a much needed make over!

Where there once once dark, there is now light!

What do you think?


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Linda said...

Beautiful lampshade here. Also the lamp. Take care, Linda

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Love the colors!! It turned out fantastic. Megan

Holly @ Bella Nest said...

What an adorable lamp! Thank you for sharing this tutorial!

Taylor-Ann said...

What a great transformation (i'm loving the yellow and grey). I would love if you linked up to my link party "Show Off Mondays @ Kampen Lane Design". Cant wait to see what you create next.



g*rated said...

wow, what a fantastic transformation! it looks amazing. i'm a sucker for yellow chevron. :p we'd love for you to link this up to our Sunday Best link party going on right now. http://griffithsrated.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunday-best-link-party_22.html

Sammy ~ Renew Redo said...

Hi! Just found you through Live- Laugh-Rowe bloggy hop. My blog is all about vintage and thrifty redo's too! Stop by and visit me sometime. Love looking at all your DIY projects! Newest follower.

Sammy ~ Renew Redo

Amanda said...

Hey Jen! Thanks for linking up with the Networking Blog Hop and for stopping by my blog (Royal Daughter Designs). I'm following you back now!

This is a great remake - I love the chevron lamp shade!!

DIY Show Off said...

Great rescue! LOVE the new look! :)

Jenny said...

Oh my goodness, that lamp shade is amazing! I am your newest follower from the Networking Blog Hop! I would love if you would check out my blog and if you like what you see please follow back :)
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Michelle said...

This is really adorable and I love the fabric that you chose! I am a new follower! What a sweet blog you have here!
Hope you have a great day!

Lori said...

Beside chairs I think lamps are my next obsession! Love the look you gave this old lamp, and I can't wait to see what you do with the original shade. Have a creative week, Lori

Sugarr2518 said...

Loving what you did with that lamp! It really changed the look of it even just with a little paint and new fabric! Fantastic:)

Garage Sales R Us said...

I am loving the lamp shade and just pinned it to my pinterest! I am a new follower form the Monday Meet up! I blog at http://www.garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/ Check us out when you get some time! Can't wait to see what you do next!

Natural-Nesters said...

OMG!! you did such an amazing job! I love this!! I would so love it if you would stop by our party and link this up!


I am your newest follower!

Witha said...

I think its pretty!! Perfect for summer

Visiting from Social Blog Hop
Witha @ withapinkie.blogspot.com

Lauren @ The Well Crafted Home said...

I love the color in the shade! And, of course, the pattern :) I would love for you to link this project up at my link party – Well Crafted Wednesdays! You can find it here:


Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

What a fabulous transformation, just love this project.

D @ The Shady Porch said...

Very pretty...I love the colors you chose! Excellent modern makeover! Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share! I am sharing it on my FB page tonight.

Eclectically Vintage said...

Fabulous shade - I need to do that - thanks for the tute!

Rachel said...

What a great makeover! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

Cherished Bliss said...

Such a great makeover! I LOVE that lampshade! Thanks for sharing at Craft and Tell!

Decor & Harmony said...

Love the chevron :) Terrific!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous transformation! Love the yellow chevron shade. :-) Visiting you from Addicted 2 Decorating. I'm now following and look forward to seeing more of your creative projects! Have a great weekend.

Katie Goldsworthy said...

AWESOME lamp transformation!!!

I love it! It's unique, trendy and has yellow, gray and black. I need one for my basement!


Kristel said...

I love this...especially since I just redid my lampshades in a very similar fabric...ha...too funny, and yes, I have to agree, this color is very cheery, it's one of the reason's I picked it as well, stop by tomorrow and see my post about the lamp shade. Love the trim by the way.


Jami said...

Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Hope you'll come again this week! This month's Pretty Packages party is now up for any of your lovely wrapped gifts!

Natural-Nesters said...

I just love this!! I love the yellow Chevron pattern!

Thanks so much for linking up to the Naturally-Nifty Linky Party! This week's party is up and I would love for you to stop by and link up!


The Lovely Mrs. P said...

Stopping by to let you know I am featuring your Chevron Lamp tomorrow! It is awesome! I would love it if you would stop by and link up again!

Summer said...

Thanks for linking this up! I'll be featuring it on my blog on Saturday!



Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun said...

This is beautiful! I love the fabric. I have been wanting to make curtains out of that type of fabric. Do you mind telling what Etsy store you got it from? I found your blog through Made in A Day. Following you now.


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