{KISS How To} Lamp Makeover

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Keepin’ It Super Simple!

I love my sewing lamp base but to be honest, it has seen better days.  The paint is chipped from the move and I never liked the shade.  So, she is getting a face lift today!

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button


  • old lamp
  • spray paint
  • fabric
Basic Instructions:
  1. Remove lampshade and bulb.  Give lamp a good scrub.  (Yuck, mine was super dirty!) Rough up the surface with sandpaper if it’s super shiny.
  2. After lamp base has dried; apply one to two light coats of your favorite color spray paint.  *Note, it is best to put a drop cloth down when spraying to avoid any accidents.  Put off to the side to let dry.
  3.  While your lamp base is drying, remove all fabric parts from your shade.
  4. To create the fun shade, I thought I would follow the easy “how to” here on The Pleated Poppy.  But after starting the process, I became worried about safety.  So, I untied everything and created this version instead.  This was so much easier, took less fabric and super fast!
  5. Taking strips of fabric about 1″ wide (I just ripped across my fabric) Dab a spot of hot glue at the base and start twisting, angling up as you go.   Dab of glue at the top and you are good to go! Continue to add strips all the way around shade. Be sure to stagger your starting point.
  6. Put all the pieces back together, plug-in and you are all set!


For a quick video on how to create your shade check out the demo I made for Cool2Craft TV.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjVLCx2uaIg&w=420&h=315]

Remember, Keep It Super Simple!!

Happy Crafting!
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  1. What a fun idea!

  2. this little life... says

    Following you from A glimpse inside. Such a cute lamp!

  3. I hopped over from Fun Stuff Fridays. Your lamp turned out so cute!

  4. Oh i LOVE it! What a great use of leftover fabric.
    Thanks so much for sharing on Fresh Fridays!

  5. super Cute! Good job.

  6. Cathy@My1929Charmer says

    Love how you used leftover fabrics. Your little lamps revamp is really cute. Thanks for sharing your treasures at Sunday’s Best!

  7. adventuresindinner says

    Adorable! And your photos are just terrific!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Pin’Inspiration Thursday last week. Hope to see you back again this week 🙂

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