Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lamp Redo - Redone!!!

So - - I was really NOT feeling the love for my lamps I redid last week.  They looked, well, sad....  kinda frumpy..............  not hip!!

Yesterday, the hubs and my SIL and my niece and I went shopping.   Hobby Lobby was the first store we went to.  I knew that I wanted some toile - - off white with brown.  Got it picked out, then went to go get some burlap...........  and put the toile back.  (And sooo happy I did!!)  The toile was on sale for 30% off of $7.99 a yard.  The burlap was $3.99 a yard!!

We went to Lowes and I got some hammered spray paint, but brown, instead of the blue/gray I picked up and used last week. 

I took the lamps all apart (BTW -- I had hot glued the material to the lamp shades last week - - and boy did I do a good job with that......... Did you know that you can use your embossing gun thing to warm up the hot glue to get it runny/soft enough to pull the stuff apart??  wow -- - it was soo cool!!)

I spray painted the bases (again) with the new color - - I love it!!

For the lamp shades, AFTER I took the material off, I spread out my burlap on the table.  I laid the lampshade on it's side, and had the seam of the shade laying right on top of the fold of the burlap.  Then I took a pen and drew a line about 1/2 " to 3/4" away from the top of the shade.  I rolled the shade and continued my line until it rolled around and back to the fold.  I did the same thing for the bottom of the shade.  Then I cut it out.  (Hopefully these pictures will show you how I did it better than I can explain it....)

I cut the burlap on one side of the half circle I made and lined it up with the seam on the shade.  Then I sprayed some super tacky adhesive on it (a little section at a time) and rolled the burlap onto it.  I started by lining up the cut edge with the seam on the shade and just worked around.  I smoothed it as I went just to make sure it was going where I wanted it to.  When I got all around the shade, I over lapped it a little, again, at the seam and then cut the rest of the fabric off.

I cut a "W" out of a piece of vinyl with my cricut.  I weeded the "W" out so I had a stencil.  I put the stencil on the lampshade and painted it in with some espresso acrylic paint.  I didn't go over it very heavily because I wanted it to look worn and old.....

I removed the vinyl to reveal the "W" - - YAY!!  It looks GREAT!!  (The font is LordFontleroyBrown)

Then I discovered that I really didn't leave quite enough fabric on the edges to tuck under and glue.... dang it...  I took some twine and wrapped it around the top edge and the bottom edge and secured it with hot glue.  I'm really loving how it turned out. 

I am soo much happier with it now!!!  What do you think??


Last week's after (this week's before):

And this week's after:

So much better!!!

Thanks for looking!!  Have a great week!!

Hugs~~ Suz

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I'm posting this project here:

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Boogieboard Cottage


  1. Oh my goodness! I love this lamp! AMAZING :) Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier & for the sweet words!

  2. This is an awesome post, I would really love it if you linked this up to Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage as well! Have a nice Week! Mary :O)

  3. Soooo much better! I would buy that lamp if I seen it in the store. Outstanding!

  4. That came out so nice! I love how simple it is.

  5. Hello! I found you through Teach Me Stuff Tuesdays. I have been looking for ideas to spruce up a bedroom lamp. Your second "after" is GREAT! I love the burlap. I'm your newest follower, too!

  6. I love this! I have a thing for burlap :)I am going to feature this tomorrow. Thanks for linking it up!

  7. This turned out so cute, I really love the monogram!

  8. The final redo is so great! I love the twine wrapped around the bottom. It adds perfect texture & dimension! I'm a new follower of your great blog. Glad I found it!

  9. Dear Suz,
    I am your newest follower! I really like your lamp...I have a question...what is Sure Cuts A Lot? Can you use it with the Cricut? I loved the monogram...I didn't think I recognized the monogram from any of the cartridges I have! Thanks for dropping by my blog...come visit anytime!

  10. Great job on the lamp re-do. They look sooooo much better. Cute blog love your creativeness. Check out my blog

  11. and wouldn't you know I have just the sad little lamp that would look so cute with this on top- too creative!

  12. Thanks for stopping by. The lamp turned out totally cute. I love to see the creative process. I think I always have one idea when I start a project, but then it always ends somewhere different and better.

  13. Yes, burlap is definitely a textile! This lamp is very pretty. Thank you for linking with air your laundry Friday, again!


  14. I just saw your lamp re-redo. I LoVe it.

    Peace, Love and Decorate


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