Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Repurposing - Lamp Revamp

Good afternoon everyone!  I hope you had an enjoyable, relaxing, and/or fun holiday weekend!  We took the kiddos and dog camping for 2 nights and we all survived.  It was fun, but tiring.  Plus, we came back with a bunch of stories.  One story a certain child might not like us repeating when he's a teenager.  I even got photos to back it up!  *hee, hee*

On to the topic of the day....repurposing.  Biker Boy and I are big on using what we have.  Sometimes you just need to repurpose things or give them a new look.  Think outside the box or inside the box or around the box. 

We have a trio of lamps that my parents gave Biker Boy and I when we first got married and lived in a one bedroom apartment in St. Paul.  Brassy gold colored lamps with pleated cream colored shades.  Yep, we're dating ourselves here.  12 Years!  We've had them nearly 12 years.  (Whoa...12th anniversary in less than 2 weeks!)  After a decade, I decided it was time to give them a new look on a budget.  At least two of the lamps.  I've got one left to work on someday.  It's all a work in progress.  We slowly work ourselves into the modern era.  By the time we get there....it's already passed us over. 

A little spray paint and some fabric can work wonders.....for a lamp.  Not for me.  I taped off electrical cords and light bulb things and sprayed the lamp bases with a semi-gloss white spray paint.  I ripped the old fabric off the shades and recovered it with half a yard of new fabric.  (Tutorial and tips on that in the future!)  For just a couple of bucks, I've got two new looking lamps. 

Take a look at the before and after:

It's amazing what a little spray paint and some fabric can do!  Let's take a closer look:

Yep, they really are the same lamp.  Oh...you want another side-by-side look?  Even if you don't, here it is:

Plus a look at the reading lamp I made over:

What have you repurposed or made over for cheap?  What's lighting up your world?  I've got some exciting news coming up that will light up someone's world.  Stay tuned....

Enjoy Your Day!

For more Lamp Revamp Ideas, check out:
Revamp a Lamp with Color from DIY Network
9 Ways to Revamp Plain Lampshades from BHG

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