Friday, 1 March 2013

Standard Lamp Makeover

Another one of my collections involves standard lamps. It isn't huge but I am sure that it will grow, I just can't help myself. I own 3 so far, I have now re-covered two of them and I have big plans for the third. It involves the colour red.

Another thing I have to mention is why are before photos so terrible! (well mine usually are anyway) I think it is because by the time I remember to take a photo I am already in the zone of deconstructing - usually late at night - and who wants to ruin that zone! Well, that's my excuse anyway.

I had the fabric for this project lying around for about 2.5 years but it was disguised as a tablecloth and I had totally forgotten about it. I did a quick visual estimate and determined that I had enough material to tackle this project and I was away laughing.

I used some black trim on the top and bottom of the lampshade - inside and out and I used a total of 5.5m (I bought 6 - good guessing!)

Primer (at Dave's insistance)

First coat of black
The shade with the old wooden base

Let there be light!

The pretty turned base. I used matt paint but put a coat of clear gloss so it looks quite flat. I like it.

What do you think? Would this old piece fit in a modern room now? 
Would it be put in a corner or would it be pride of place somewhere?


  1. LOVE IT!!! So awesome Amy.

  2. Yup, it's awesome. Is the same paint as the bike, by any chance....? Lol. I can't wait to get my lamp done!!

    1. Not quite the same, but similar, I think Dave used decent rattle but mine is just from Super Cheap Auto.
      I can't wait for you to get your lamp done either!

  3. oh it looks fantastic - well done you are very clever!!

  4. This looks fantastic Amy!! Just gorgeous, thanks for linking up!

  5. Love it! I have the SAME lamp - and desperately want to re-do it! Thanks for the gorgeous idea!! :)

  6. Just wondering if you have the instructions on how you recovered the lamp? I have the exact same lamp and not sure how I go about making sure the fabric will fit. did you draw up a pattern?


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