Thursday, September 24, 2009


I love lamps, especially those huge, funky shapes that were so popular in the 60s and 70s. I don't have space in my house for a huge lamp, but can still take advantage of the chunky shapes.

Now, the problem with this post is there is not a photo of the before. I am an impulsive refurbisher and have at times dropped what I was doing to go paint something because it had to be done. NOW!  Bear with me.

The lamp itself is pottery and when purchased was brown and beige with a very nice drum shade. I don't think the shade was original to the lamp because it was really too small. I was drawn to the shape of the lamp base but knew that a taller shade would work better with the high ceilings in the room.

The first thing I did was paint the base. I have an overload of earthtones in this room, an easy thing to do when your home is made of earth. I chose a metallic silver paint to add a bright, reflective spot with a different texture to the room.

I found the shade in a thrift store in ShowLow, AZ. (WARNING: Don't travel with me if you have an aversion to thrift stores, I have a built-in radar.)

I had planned to just paint the shade to freshen it up, but happened on this great fabric that added a lot to a relatively plain lamp.

 I applied the fabric with spray adhesive after painting the shade with a light spray of the silver metallic paint. Jute twine was then glued in 3 rounds as trim for the top and bottom.

After trying the shade on the lamp, I added some of the jute twine to the neck of the lamp.

I like it!


  1. I tell everybody, you're a miracle worker. That was some uninspiring lamp until you waved your wand over it. Wish I had your eye.


  2. Gorgeous! On one hand I feel like nothing next to you, and on the other hand I feel inspired. On the third hand, I feel like I can TRY and then call on you if I blow it!

  3. Fantastic redo! The lamp looks great!

  4. Great solution! The lamp turned out great!

    Thanks for joining the party. We'd love it if you'd add a link to our party so that your readers can see what everyone is sharing today!

  5. You're so crafty! That is a seriously beautiful lamp, thanks to your magic touch.

  6. That's an amazing makeover. I love how they look when lit up.


  7. Wow this looks so great! Wonderful makeover.


  8. Thanks for visiting, y'all!
    And, Linda, I linked to the party on the lead page.

  9. Judy! I love the shape of your lamp! If you like big lamps, you should have seen the pair that I passed up to buy mine. They were about 4 feet tall and screamed 60's. Too bad neither of us have the "right" home for them.

    Thanks for your tip on getting lampshades at Ross. I found some that work great!

    & Carolyn's work at Mutt Butt is to die for!

  10. Gwen, would love to have seen those lamps!

    And, yes, Carolyn is quite the artist with a heart for animals.