Trash to Treasure: Nursery Lamp Makeover

October 3, 2011

It’s always fun to make treasure out of trash!

A few weeks ago I was visiting a friend and sharing with her my experience on revamping a recent lamp project.  In turn she said she had acquired a lamp that was from her husband’s childhood, but had no idea what to do with it.  After a trip to the basement to scrounge through a few boxes, she came back with quite the “trash”.  It really wasn’t trash, it was just in desperate need of a makeover to give it new life.

To keep it in the family, her desire was to put it in her son’s room and I had the perfect idea!

Once I got the lamp home, I took it apart from head to toe and snapped a picture, just in case I forgot how to reassemble it later.  The lamp needed to be rewired and since I had just finished my How-To Rewire a Lamp tutorial, I was experienced enough to make the proper updates.  As you can see from the before pictures, the brass had tarnished from age and the colors were drear and in need of a revamp.

I started off by hand sanding each part of the lamp to give it a fresh start before painting.  The horse was a little tricky to sand, but I was able to get into some of the grooves…

Armed with “my staples” (not real staples, I mean spray paints), I was ready and off to transform this little horsey!

Ba-bye colored horse – Now you’re going to be a horse of a different color.  I spray painted the horse with 3 coats of Rust-oluem Winter Gray (same color as my lamp revamp), the other parts of the lamp (base and tubing) white, and finished it with a top coat of crystal clear enamel.

I had mixed feelings about the lampshade.  I actually had planned on replacing the old shade with a new crisp, white style.  I even bought a new one but it didn’t seem to be the perfect fit.  The existing shade was oval shaped to match the lamp base.  So I said, O heck with it, let’s reuse the shade and simply dress it up by giving it new life with a stylish ribbon.

Before being completely done with this Lamp reVamp, the horse was missing something… he needed a bit of color, so with a small brush and cobalt blue paint, I outlined the edge of it’s saddle to add the perfect finishing touch.  And then…

… it was done!

Again, here is the before…

And here is how the trash was turned into treasure…

Thankfully my friend LOVED the lamp and was so happy to add this new treasure to her son’s bedroom!  What treasures have you made from trash?

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  1. Very nice Jenna. It’s amazing what a little paint and a couple strands of ribbon can do.
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  2. That lamp looks so much better. What a great friend you are. I noticed that I was able to read your entire post in Google Reader. Coincidence or did you do something different?
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  3. It turned out great! I love that soft shade of blue you used! Lucky little baby.

    • Thank you so much Kim for the kind comment. Blues are definite a favorite of mine lately and I’ve been trying to incorporate this cooler color into my warmer toned home. Thanks for stopping by SAS Interiors! xo Jenna

  4. Hi Jenna-

    Nice transformation. What would we do without spray paint? – best decorating invention ever. I do like your clever use of the wire rack as a spray rack. I see a lot of these at thrift stores – now I know what I can do with one. Thanks for the idea.

    My best- Diane
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    • Thank you Diane for the kind comment! Spray paint can definitely make a world of difference – and you’re right, what would we do without it?! That wire rack is from our old refrigerator. It was my husbands idea to keep it and it’s really come in handy – I use it for alot of spray paint projects! Thanks again for stopping by. xo Jenna


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