Lamp Re-Do

We have a serious shortage of lighting in our house, and where we do have lighting it seems I’m always replacing lightbulbs! My wonderful mother-in-law was kind enough to give up two lamps. As soon as I saw them I knew exactly what I wanted to do – and it only took me 6 months to finally get around to it! haha!

Here’s the before shot:


gorgeous isn’t it? okay maybe it’s not your cup of tea, and it wasn’t exactly mine either – but the bones were there.

I used a can of metallic krylon spray paint (I really wanted the looking glass paint, but it’s not available in canada), and I bought two rolls of twine from the dollar store. I’ve never spray painted before, and this was easy peasy!! I put some tape to cover the bulb area and the cord and sprayed the base.

For the lamp shade – I pulled off the pink fabric and just had the cream coloured base of the shade (it came off pretty easy). I grabbed my hot glue gun, glued a little portion of the twine, wrapped it a little bit and glued some more. I found it helpful to glue 4-5 times in little lines for each time you wrapped the twine. It made the string much more sturdy and held it really good in place. Here’s the after shot:


doesn’t it look SO much better?!? All in all – this project cost me less than $10!!!

I have another pink and gold lamp that I’m going to re-do for the man cave in the basement, and a mirror project for the guest room as well. We have company coming in march so I have a deadline for these projects!