Easy DIY Lamp Makeover

Easy DIY Lamp Makeover

Revamp your lamps with three simple, affordable and fashionable makeover ideas.

Lamps are made to illuminate your space, but they can add a big dose of style, too. Revamp plain lamps or bargain finds from garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets, with these three simple and affordable lamp makeover ideas.

Look One: Colorful Strokes

No matter how tattered your lamp base, brushing on some fresh paint can give it a whole new lease on life. The only rule is don’t hold back. Because it’s a relatively small accent piece, it’s the perfect way to add a pop of color to your space. Try bright green, dramatic shades of red or orange, or vibrant jewel tones. You aren’t limited to one color, either! For a two-toned effect, use painter’s tape to create multiple layers of color.

Tip: To create a single, stunning stripe, paint your lamp base one color, apply painter’s tape at a diagonal, then paint it a contrasting color.

Look Two: Dressed U

Give a plain lampshade a personalized look — and match it to your existing décor and newly painted lamp base — by covering it with fabric:

How to Cover a Lampshade


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  1. Create a pattern by tracing your lampshade onto a large piece of paper. Start at the seam, and trace the top and bottom, rolling the shade as you go until you get back to the seam. Add 1-inch to the top, bottom and one side, then cut out your pattern.
  2. If your lampshade is flared, your pattern will be curved. If it’s more like a cylinder, your pattern will be rectangular.
  3. Trace the pattern onto the back of your fabric, and then cut out your fabric.
  4. Squeeze a line of craft glue along the seam of the lampshade. Press one end of the fabric to it, leaving a 1-inch overhang on the top and bottom. Let dry briefly.
  5. Wrap the fabric all the way around the lampshade, then apply another line of craft glue to secure the loose end, smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles.
  6. Cut small slits into the 1-inch overhangs on the top and bottom, then use craft glue to adhere the pieces to the inside of the lampshade.

Tip: Be sure to outfit your lamp with an LED or CFL light bulb. Because they don’t emit nearly as much heat as a traditional bulb, you won’t have to worry about the craft glue melting once it’s dried.

Look Three: All the Trimmings

As the finishing touch, glue trim to the bottom of the lampshade. These dangling drops of beaded fringe sparkle as they catch the light, but there are plenty of other options. Sequin trim has a glamorous feel, ruffled lace lends an old-fashioned look and braided trim gives off a folksy vibe. Pick from other types too, like pearl trim, fur fringe, ruffled trim, tassel fringe and embroidered trim.

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