Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Floor Lamp Makeover

While we were in the process of hunting for furnitures, we scored a floor lamp for $5 in a garage sale. The lamp was in perfect condition but the metal parts and glass tray in the middle had a lot of scratches and worn out. These kind of lamps retail for $100 to $250. I was sure I can give this floor lamp a new look by spending way less money than the retail price. Let's see how I did.

Materials Used :
Spray Paint - Metallic copper & Black
Galaxy printed fabric
Glass etching Cream
Star Adhesive Stencil 
Black acrylic paint
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Whenever you do a makeover that has a lot of assembling, do take some close up shots of how the parts were assembled before you dissemble them. It will be a lot easier when you are reassembling. As a first step, I disassembled the whole lamp and laid the metal pieces in a drop cloth ready for spray painting. 

Step 2: Except one part, all the other parts were scratchy so I thought there is no need for a primer or sanding and I spray painted directly on the metal parts. In one of the metal part which had smooth finish on one side, the spray paint came off like a sticker. So I sanded that part a bit and spray painted again. Lesson learnt!! 

Step 3: I decided to spray paint the glass tray black on one side as I did not like the look of a plain glass in the middle of the lamp. Also made some star stencil with my silhouette machine and etched stars on the other side to match the theme. I did mess up a little bit while etching the stars but it is not very noticeable unless I point out. ;) Can you guess ?

Step 4: Last thing to tackle is the lamp shade. It was in a beige color with a some kind of plastic on the top. I removed the plastic so that I got a plain shade to work with. I painted the inside black and allowed it to dry. To cover the lamp shade, I just rolled the shade over the fabric and marked the edges with white crayon one side at a time. Repeated the same for other side.Cut the fabric with one inch seam allowance on all sides. 

Step 5: Then draped the fabric over the lamp shade and pinned the sides with straight pins. Made a stitch to secure the sides and draped the fabric back on to the shade. Used binder clip to prevent the fabric from moving on the top and hot glued the base by folding edges of the fabric inside for a cleaner look.Repeated the same for the top. The lamp shade is complete. Assembled all the parts together to complete the makeover. Isn't it amazing?

Night look of the floor lamp - Isn't it gorgeous?

Hope you like this makeover. Share with me the comments below on what do you think of about this makeover. If you were given this lamp for makeover what pattern will you go for regarding the lamp shade? This galaxy print was totally my hubby choice. He did a pretty good choice, right? ;) At first, I was like "No way!!" But now I like how it turned out. I'm sure this is going to be a center of attraction in out living room. What say? 

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  1. I love that fabric. I need to recover two lamps in my son's room and something like this would just be perfect. Thank you for sharing this tutorial at The Really Crafty Link Party this week! Pinned!

  2. Great job, you must be awesome at jigsaw puzzles

  3. You are super creative !!
    You've done a great job. The lamp is so colorful and beautiful now :)

  4. Great job on the lamp makeover! Like the stars and the fabric on the lampshade.

  5. That is adorable!! I always see lamps like this at yard sales and never thought of making them new again! I love it! #HomeMattersParty

  6. That's quite the transformation. I like the style you choose to make it look.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty.

  7. This is awesome! Just love the fabric! Great update! #HomeMattersParty

  8. I like the galaxy print, I think it would go great in a kids room too! #HomeMattersParty

  9. Floor lamps can be so challenging. I have several to make over. Thanks for the ideas and thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

  10. You always come up with the most creative ideas, Sahana! Thanks for sharing it on the party. #HomeMattersParty

  11. Amazing transformation, Sahana! Thanks for always inspiring me! #HomeMattersParty

  12. This would be such a fun idea for a kid's space themed room - thank you for sharing! #HomeMattersParty


  13. Your lamp turned out really cute! LOVE the tip for using a white crayon to mark your fabric -- cutting for circular objects can be so difficult. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting at the #HomeMattersParty - we appreciate you! :)

    Life With Lorelai

  14. I love that you saved this lamp instead of just getting rid of it. The fabric is so cute, and I love the new color of the base. Thanks for linking it up on Waste Not Wednesday. Please come share with us again soon!

  15. Looks great! I love the color of gold paint you used! #HomeMattersParty

  16. It's amazing to me sometimes how others will throw things out instead of updating them. Great find and it looks really good. #HomeMattersParty

  17. Love the copper! My grandma had that same table-lamp combo! #HomeMattersParty

  18. Inspirational! I found a cute barrel base floor lamp with a similar lampshade and want to try this using a busy print. Did you cut 2 pieces of fabric and have two vertical seams and a smooth surface all around the shade? Would it work by cutting fabric like a Christmas tree skirt to have just one seam and a smooth surface all around? I plan finish it off using ribbon and fabric glue to conceal the inner edges and cording to frame the outer edges. It's my first fabric project and I'm excited to try your upcycling idea. Thanks!

    1. Thank you, Susan! I used just one seam. As said above, I rolled the lamp shade on the fabric and marked along the edges. Then, used single seam to join and glued the top and bottom edges to secure. Hope it works for you!

  19. nachttischlampe mond Wow, cool post. I'd like to write like this too - taking time and real hard work to make a great article... but I put things off too much and never seem to get started. Thanks though.