Friday, July 15, 2011

90's Lamp Update

   Hi, everyone!  Yesterday was a very busy day for me.  I worked on three different projects at one time: a dresser and chest of drawer, a lamp, and a table top.  I only finished the lamp, so I wanted to share it with y'all.  I am so happy with the way it turned out!
   My mom had this lamp at her house.  It was banished to a room where, right now, there are a lot of things stored.  She and I have been talking about a project at her house for a while now.  We talked about getting an old milk can to make into a lamp.  The other day we were sitting in this "storage room."  I saw the lamp and thought to myself, "You have got to get mom to get rid of that lamp.  It's so 90's country!"  As I was looking at it, I realized that it was shaped like an old milk can!  I pointed this out to mom and told her we could spray paint it and use it!  (Boy, did I get excited then!  I love reusing things and saving money!)
  So yesterday, I pulled out my Krylon burgundy spray paint and got to work!  I taped off the top of the lamp and the cord and sprayed the lamp.  I realized after two coats that little miss bunny was not going without a fight!  I sprayed her with Kilz spray primer.  After the primer dried, I sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper and repainted that part burgundy again.  (Everything I know about spray painting I learned from All Thing Thrifty's spray painting tutorials and tips!)  After the new paint job, the lamp looked much better!  But I wasn't finished yet...
   I recently purchased a Silhouette machine, and I am in LOVE!  I used my Silhouette to create a label for the can out of re-positional vinyl.  (I'm glad it was re-positional because it took me a few times to get it straight!)  And here is what the finished lamp looks like...
   Isn't she so pretty now!  The lamp is still country, but a retro/modern country!  My mom and dad loved it!!!  So take time to look at items before you give them away or throw them in the trash.  They may just need a little tender care to turn into something you no longer want to part with! ;)


  1. This is a really fun project - I LOVE old milk crates and I think the update you gave that lamp is fantastic! Great inspiration!

  2. I love the update! MUCH better than the bunny. I'm a huge fan of saving things from the trash and updating them. :)

  3. I love the makeover. Great color! What a show piece you have created. Country but contemporary at the same time. Love it!


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