Friday, July 17, 2009

Project Day: Absolute Lamp Revamp




I bought this little lamp for a $3 at the dump some time ago. It had been sitting in my back room waiting for some inspiration. Some came yesterday when I saw some photos in a magazine of my friend Anna's shop Black and Spiro. She had the most beautiful lamp! It had a bright blue base, floral shade and red pom pom fringe. It was just stunning. So here's what I did:
  • Took the lamp apart.
  • Painted the base (2 coats).
  • Made a template of the shade on some paper (measure circumference on either end + length).
  • Cut out the fabric leaving about an inch around so as you can tuck/fold the edge under.
  • Hot glue gun around the edges of the top and bottom of the shade and carefully attach fabric to the shade. Fold/glue edges under.
  • Hot glued the pom pom fringing around the bottom edge.
  • Put the lamp back together.
I am so happy with the result. Hooray for inspiration.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. I have had a real tough week and appreciate all your lovely comments regarding my beautiful dog Truman. Thank-you. Simone xx

39 comments:

  1. Hay Simone love the lamp re-do don't you just love it when things turn out even better than you imagined. Very vintage looking and the red base was a great choice in colour. Wood love to see some more pics of your home. Sandy

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  2. WOW, it's gorgeous Simone. You are one stylish thrifty lady.
    x

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  3. Simone - great job, I love the fabric with the pom-poms, gorgeous! I have a lamp base but have yet to meet the right shade (despite my thrifting efforts). Hopefully soon!
    I somehow missed your post of Truman, but he was obviosuly a very special boy and looks like a very loving and loved pet.

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  4. Wow Simone! When I first saw the before pic of the lamp.. I was unsure about it and wondered how you were going to improve it but you totally transformed it! It's lovely!
    xxx

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  5. Hi Simone. You certainly are a clever girl! You've done a wonderful job on this lamp! Maybe I should send you my junk!! Have a great weekend. Julie

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  6. How cute is that! LOVE the colors!!!

    m ^..^

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  7. That is sooooooooooooo cute and smart....I love the lamp base color!...

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  8. I have a few lamps that need some fabric and pom pom trim too!! Your re-vamped lamp looks wonderful!! Take care, Caroline

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  9. That looks fabulous, especially when it is lit!
    Great work!! How clever :)
    Irene x

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  10. Love the base you painted! That lamp looks as if it's purring it's so proud of itself now! A lovely job. I know. It's so hard when you lose your friend and family member. Thinking of you. xx

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  11. How adorable! I love it! Brilliant Simone!

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  12. Simone, this is lovely! So vintage looking, so pretty! I'm always inspired here!

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  13. Pretty rose print, and I love the birdcage and ship in the background. The white chest with the wire front looks really nice, I'd love for you to post more pictures of it!

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  14. It looks so great, you did such a good job!

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  15. I love the lamp! It looks great.. i love your use of color on the base.. very clever..
    xx
    Jolena

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  16. That is so stinking cute!! Did you save the original shade? I'm thinking you could make something from that...not sure what, but it has a good shape and texture. Maybe stick a glass vase inside of it and use it as a "vase cozy" for summer.

    Losing a pet is so hard. I've been there. Just read another blog where a lady lost her dog. :( Makes me so sad for everyone. I know the pain. But it does get better after a while. We lost a dog to prostate cancer a few years ago (I know, who knew dogs could get prostate cancer?!) and it helped me to keep a journal. I was having lots of dreams about him, so I wrote down all of the dreams. I'd also write down favorite memories, etc. because I didn't want to forget anything. ((hugs))

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  17. It looks fabulous! You did a great job!

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  18. What an improvement! Your 'new' lamp is so pretty.

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  19. You are just so so amazingly talented...always inspiring me...I LOVE YOUR LAMP!!!!

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  20. That is absolutely beautiful!Way to go!:o)

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  21. Looks great, Simone. You are a regular Martha Stewart!

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  22. Beautiful work! Love your use of pattern and color, and of course the pom-poms are the perfect touch. I'm always so impressed with your wonderful talents!

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  23. WOW...how awesome is that...you really are so talented and resourceful!!
    The lamp is so pretty now!!

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  24. What a massive improvement! I love what you did with that lamp!

    Hope things are going better for you.

    Robin

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  25. Well aren't you clever! I adore it and you did a fabulous job!!

    xoxo
    Karyn

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  26. You've done such an amazing lamp revamp, it looks fantastic!!

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  27. Oh that is beautiful, fantastic do over to one of a kind unique decor item.

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  28. i'm inspired! (another one with a lamp base, awaiting the perfect shade...)

    a good friend of mine lost her beloved doggie a couple of weeks ago... she is bereft :(
    i hope you can find peace soon, simone, in the absence of your truman xxx

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  29. Dear Simone,
    It was so special to us to see you again. Thank you so much for the visit to your gorgeous home. It was a lovely afternoon. Again I am so sorry about Truman but like me with our special boy, you will be able to go out and talk to him (even if those passing by think you are a little crazy). Trust me, it helps as silly as it seems. The lady who wrote the journal had a wonderful idea. Think I may try it myself as it isn't long since we lost our boy. Your lamp is beautiful, congratulations on a great achievement. Lots of love, Dee

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  30. Major transformation! Looks adorable...
    Beautiful weekend to you...

    xo Laura

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  31. Oh its looking fabulous. Love it!!

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  32. That is fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  33. It is just amazing! What a fantastic job--love the pom pom fringe.

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  34. you're so creative. you've done magic to the lamp, it looks beautiful. excellent work!

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  35. Beautiful! I love the green pom pom fringe and the fact that you didn't do predictable red to match the base. Can't wait to see your next project. Leigh

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  36. Your lamp is so cute!!!! I love it.. how very inspiring...now I'll be keeping my eyes open for old lamps ;)

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