Craft-ease: Lamp Re-vamp

 We basically live in a Urban/Suburban Jungle of sorts. The road we live on is pretty busy. (I still stick to the criteria I used as a child: if there are double solid lines on your road, it is busy.) Our backyard is pretty secluded though. We are surrounded my trees on all sides making our neighbor's houses barely visible. There is also a large nut bearing tree in the front yard which provides lots of shade but also blocks the light from entering our living room. ( We think it may be hazelnut, but aren't sure. It is often the topic of conversation among guests some of whom have gone great lengths to try to pinpoint exactly what kind of tree it is. All I know is the nuts falling off have ruined the hood of our car.) Why am I rambling about foliage? Well, all the greenery makes our house, especially our living room very dimly lit. The floor lamp and table lamp we had were not cutting it. We needed another one. I refused to spend retail price for a lamp. I have had this antique one that belonged to my grandparents since we have been married.
My dad gave it to us and we have had it in our bedroom, not getting a ton of use. I have always liked the shape of it, but it was kind of shabby for our living room and did not match our decor. I toyed around with the idea of buying a more contemporary shade and covering it with fun fabric and then spray painting the base white. But then I thought of using some of my fabric flowers for the shade and spraying the base a fun color, and that is just what I did, obviously! I searched for some inspiration online and then combined some various ideas.

 I made rosettes out of some grey fabric I already had and also purchased a bit of burlap for other rosettes. I like the texture it added and think it is well worth the numerous fingertip burns from the hot glue. The yellow flowers I made using this tutorial. My lamp shade is pretty big so I ended up using 19 flowers to get the look I wanted. After I made them I adhered them using tape as I played around with different arrangements until I was happy with how it looked.

I originally wanted to do a green color instead of yellow, but since I already had yellow spray paint I stuck with that, in the name of saving money. The whole project cost me about $5 for fabric. Everything else I already had.  As far as time, it took me about one nap plus an episode of Sesame Street to finish, (so about 2.5-3 hours.) I must admit I am pretty happy with the outcome!

Linking up at Not So Simple Housewife , Today's Creative Blog , A Diamond in the Stuff , Homemaker on a Dime, I HeartNaptime, Tatertots and Jello and Thrifty Decorating.


  1. I love turned out so pretty! Thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday!

  2. Great {re}creation! It turned out so super cute! Thanks for sharing with {re}create into something new!


  3. What a great re-vamp - I love the gray and yellow!

  4. I love the colors and I think its adorable.


  5. Hi, friend! You've got so much creativity here and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there :)

  6. I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)


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