5 Minute Lamp Revamp with Spray Paint and Ribbon

June 8, 2012

For a while, I was on the hunt for a pair of lamps for the dining room buffet. They couldn’t be overly large, but something that would be unique and add a soft glow.  I had brought home a few options, but nothing was quite right.  Then one day when randomly shopping at HomeGoods for another project, I spotted this treasure –>

It wasn’t perfect, but immediately I had an idea up my sleeve.

Could I ever just leave anything alone?  NOPE!

My immediate idea was to spray paint the globe, but I wasn’t sure what color.  Should the lamp be subtle or dramatic?  Since the lamps were a nice piece of change (around $30 x 2), I thought a quieter color would “live” longer.  So, I hit up my favorite spot at my favorite home improvement store and chose a taupe color with a hint of gold.  Interesting, right?

The color name is Caramel Latte  – sounds scrumptious (I must have missed my morning coffee that day and got my fix another way, hehe).

Before starting the exciting transformation, I covered all the areas of the lamp that I wanted to protect.  So ONLY the basket-style globe was exposed and ready.

Now, I was armed and ready! I started off spraying my new fav color on the black globe area of the lamp. Nope, didn’t work. 

I wanted it to be lighter, so instead I first spray painted the globe white (basically as a primer)…

…THEN applied the Caramel Latte Color.  Yes, that’s what I wanted!

Perfection – DONE! well maybe not?

You know me…  I can never leave well enough alone.  I wanted to embellish the shades a little, so I decided to add two rows of ribbon in a taupe and burnt orange color.

Adding Ribbon to Embellish a Shade

  1. At the lampshade seam, dab a small amount of hot glue on the shade and attach one end of the ribbon.
  2. Wrap the ribbon around the entire shade (no need to glue all the way around). Trim the ribbon, fold over the edge so it doesn’t fray, and glue.
  3. Complete!

In about 10 minutes (well, for me it was 20 because I had two), these lamps got a total makeover and are completely unique for my space!

I hope I’ve inspired you with my Lamp Revamp to think-outside-the-box and create or transform something in your home.  Sometimes with a little spray paint and an idea, your options are limitless!

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Comments

  1. What an amazing revamp, I love. Thanks for sharing. Will love to share this post on http://www.babydeco.co.uk
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  2. I really like how that turned out! Great job!
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  3. Looks fabulous. Great job. Hugs, Marty
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  4. They look awesome, Jenna!! I love the color you chose. My friend spray painted her metal closet doors that color. They look really nice. And I nearly used it on my sunburst mirror last year. Very nice addition to the dining room. =)

    ~ Catie
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  5. That’s a cool lamp :)

  6. That turned out so perfect! The color makes it look like it’s twine wrapped. And the ribbon and glue tip is one to remember … I would’ve glued all along and it would’ve ended up looking all clump and blotchy!

    :)

    Linda
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  7. I love how these turned out, Jenna! You have reminded me what a big difference a simple color change can make!
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  8. A woman after my own heart. I can’t leave anything alone either, much to my husbands dismay. But we always like the “after”! You did awesome, I love how a few touches can transform just about anything!
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