Thursday, May 3, 2012

{Craft Room Redo: Vintage Lamp Makeover}

Y'all, I am getting so close to being finished with my craft room makeover!  I need to make two curtains, decorate over the desk, find a floor lamp, and put out my new rug.  Then I can finally post the final reveal!  (Do you remember what it looked like before?)  I want to share a project with you that I just finished and that I am SO HAPPY with!  A while back, I found this pair of lamps at my local thrift store.  


I knew they had potential, and the price was right: they were $4 each!


One of the shades had a tear in it, but I figured I'd do something totally different with the shade anyway.  


The first thing I did was take out the old wiring.  (They might have worked, but I wanted to rewire them to be safe.)  Before rewiring, I primed the lamps with Rustoleum's metal primer.  


Then I painted them with a pretty turquoise Valspar spray paint.  (It's the same paint I used on the bench I saved from certain destruction.)  


After the lamps had a new finish, I rewired them with a kit.  At this point, I realized both lamps were not going to fit in my craft room.  So I just started focusing on one of the lamps.  Of course, something had to be done to the torn shade.  I wanted to try the plain wire frame look, so I ripped off all the fabric.  I liked it, but I wasn't in love with it.  Then I stumbled on this tutorial from Holly at Bella Nest on a link party.  I then knew that I MUST put chicken wire on my lampshade!  I found a roll at the Feed n' Seed in town.  The lady working there thought I was pretty strange when I said I needed it for a lampshade.  


As soon as I got home, I started wrapping the shade with the chicken wire.  I used small pieces of wire to attach the chicken wire around the frame.  And let me give you a warning: when you do anything with chicken wire, wear gloves!  No matter how careful you are, you will probably cut yourself if you don't.  After cleaning the weird greasy substance off the wire, I primed the shade with the same primer I used for the bases and then sprayed it white.  I couldn't leave it plain after seeing Holly's rolled flowers, so I made different fabric and felt flowers of my own.  I used vintage earrings for the centers of two of the flowers.  I attached the flowers to the shade with hot glue by sandwiching the chicken wire between the flowers on the outside and felt on the inside.  


The final touch was adding hot pink ric-rac to the top and bottom of the frame.  


When I finished today and put the frame on the lamp and the lamp on the table my dad and I built (I'll share the tutorial for it and its aged wood top later.), I can't lie that I kind of did a happy dance because I love it so much!!!  I'll let the pictures do all the talking.





After seeing the lamp (and a sneak peek of my new gallery wall) are you excited to see the reveal?  I know I'm excited to share it with you!  :)
UPDATE: You can find the room reveal {HERE}.
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67 comments:

  1. I love this lamp. Wonder if might be able to get something like this for my house? Or I could settle for the re-do of an old chicken pin. I love you Mrs.Pitter and Glink

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  2. LOVE this!!! I cannot WAIT to see the entire finished room - I know it will be fabulous! And I'm dying to move into my new house in a month and start my own renovations :) Thanks for the inspiration, as always!
    ~Kirsten, One Tough Mother

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  3. So unbelievably cute!!! Seriously I LOVE this, the colors, everything, just amazing! I can't wait to see your room!

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  4. This turned out adorable!! I'm dying to see your full reveal! Loving the colors!

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  5. Very cute! Love the color. Looking forward to the BIG reveal!!! Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share!

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  6. I like the chicken wire aspect! So glad that you shared. Thanks for helping make Things I've Done Thursday a success!

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  7. What an awesome lamp makeover! I love the colors you chose, they're so happy! I'm glad I found your blog!

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  8. Oh wow, Bethany! Beautiful makeover! What a great find and gorgeous rescue! Love it!

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  9. Wow...that lamp is beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing at Homemade By You!

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  10. Really beautiful makeover!!! :) Thank you for the inspiration. Newest follower at http://www.craftycagirl.blogspot.com

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  11. That's so amazingly adorable!! I want one! I'd love it if you linked this baby up to my party. :) http://www.thelittlegiggler.com/2012/05/love-it-and-link-it-up-7.html Have a great weekend!!

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  12. Very cute! I haven't seen anything like this before, love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. That is really cool Bethany!!!! I am not a big chicken wire person but you won me over with this shade!!!

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  14. I especially love the ric-rac, it's the perfect finishing touch. I love these old wire lampshade frames, there's so much you can do with them. Can't wait to see the finished room!

    Nikki @ the ambitious procrastinator

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  15. If that lamp is any indication your room is going to be fabulous! I knew I was wise to save all those wire lamp shades...and my hubby just thought they were junk...you showed him! Can't wait to see the rest, Lori

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  16. It's adorable! The colors are beautiful and I love the shade! So clever! I'm glad you linked it up!

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  17. I ADORE this lamp, every single thing about it, I can't wait to see the craft room. I want to hire you to do one for me, only problem is I don't have a spare room! Can you do a craft corner for me in my bedroom?! Great job on the lamp.

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  18. This is really a great make over! Your lamp looks gorgeous!! Liz

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  19. I absolutely LOVE this lamp makeover! You have to link it up to my party girl! http://lovingthiscrazylife-melissa.blogspot.com/search/label/POC%20LINKY%20PARTY

    I'm pinning it and WILL be doing this for my girls new room when we move to our new place this summer!

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  20. This is such a fantastic makeover!! Just genius. Love it.

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  21. This is so cute! I love using chicken wire in my projects! I would love for you to share this at my link party on Tuesday over at http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/

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  22. this is awesome!!! love everything about it!!

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  23. Love the lamp Bethany! Great job and so fun :0)

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  24. cute lamps! great advice about the chicken wire--it does bite!

    gail

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  25. Super cute lamp! I love the touch of the pink rick rack. I bet it looks great in your craft room.

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  26. Love your lamp! so creative!

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  27. Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up!

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  28. OK, this is so amazingly awesome! Thanks for the step-by-step! Thank you for also stopping by my blog to comment on my roses. I am your newest follower, hooray!

    Blessings!
    Janiene

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  29. I absolutely adore this lamp! Now I can't decide whether to try one for my daughters bedroom or make one for a friend that I know would do a backflip over this style!! Thanks for sharing, and I am so thrilled to be your newest follower!!

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  30. This is such a great project! Would you consider linking it up to my Pinworthy Projects Party? I'd love to have you join the party.

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  31. Oh I love this idea - Thanks!
    - Natalie

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  32. Hi, Bethany! You did such a great job on this! It's soooo adorable! Thank you for the shout out too, that was very sweet of you! *hugs*

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  33. I saw you featured at The Answer is Chocolate today. I had to leave a comment there on how much I loved this lampshade!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  34. I'm featuring your beautiful lamp at The Little Giggler! http://www.thelittlegiggler.com/2012/05/some-awesome-features.html

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  35. I think your lamp is just the absolute cutest!

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  36. Very, very cute~Love the remake!

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  37. This is adorable and I have two lamps in my living room that look like those. :) I like 'em brassy, but this is super cute. :)

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  38. Seriously, seriously adorable. I love it, so darn creative, really can say anymore than WOW!!! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best!

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  39. Congrats on the SpotLight! Your blog is so fun~

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  40. Forgot to let you know I'm now following!

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  41. This lamp is so pretty and girl I know what you're talking about with that chicken wire!

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  42. I am in love!
    Pretty... pretty!

    You are getting a sticker from me soon!

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  43. So cute Bethany! Thank you for sharing it at the party. You are one clever lady!!!
    Thank you again for helping me out during my vacation. xo

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  44. I would happy dance too!! I love how this came out!! Gorgeous!!

    Thanks for linking up last week! You are being featured this week! :)

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  45. Bethany your lamp turned out so cute!! Thanks for linking up - I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/05/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-49/

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  46. Totally CUTE! Featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

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  47. This is totally awesome girl! I have a lamp and a naked shade that it is sitting in my garage just waiting for something fun. You have completely inspired me! If you have a sec this weekend, I would love for you to link up at my Get Schooled Saturday link party going on now until Monday night!
    xxx
    Kim @ Too Much Time On My Hands
    http://too-much-time.com/2012/05/get-schooled-saturday-22-and-burlap-fabric-giveaway.html

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  48. Oh my goodness this is awesome! It would make a great Mother's Day gift.

    We would LOVE for you to stop over and link these up in our Crafty Saturday Showcase. It is just our 2nd week. Your blog is cute and we can't wait to look around some more! I love the name of your blog!

    Thank you!
    Susie @Bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/05/12/saturday-showcase-craft-projects/

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  49. Hi Bethany! LOVE this. I'll be featuring it on Monday evening at Project Queen's Highlight Party. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  50. I love the funky new lamp you've created!!!

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  51. Love it, love it, love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  52. Hey, just wanted to let you know this will be featured tomorrow at http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/

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  53. I really love how that looks. You did a great job. I hope you will come and share this at the Sunday Round Up party next week.
    Rose
    http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  54. Awww, so pretty! Love the turquoise and pink combo. I think I might try this for a lamp redo, but I'm afraid it would be too bright and blinding... we have fluorescent lights and had the shade off for a while and every time I'd look in its direction I'd have purple vision; needless to say I got tired of that! BUT if I cover it with tissue paper on the inside... Hmm, that could work! Thank you for sharing!! Looking at all your tuts, and your craft room reveal, it's just so lovely!! The perfect combination of whimsy without being too much, just my style!

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  55. WOW! Don't be offended, but I'm gonna copy this!! I must have one:) LOL
    my question is: did you make those fabric flowers yourself and if you did do you have tutorials?
    thanks

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  56. I only had time to look at your lamp, but I'm your newest follower. I just asked my husband to figure out a lampshade like that for me. I love the bases too!

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  57. What a super cute lamp, the shade it too cool! I'm going back to look at your craft room progress because I'm starting a craft room makeover myself and I need some inspiration.
    Your new follower ~ ♥Terrie♥

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  58. i love this lamp! oh my gosh - how cute!

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  59. I LOVE this lamp!!!
    I would love for you to share this on my linky party!
    http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html
    Thanks, Marcie

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  61. I love this idea for old lamps! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  62. I would do a happy dance, too! Love this lamp...so much so, I think I'll become your newest follower!

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  63. This is the cutest idea, and one of the most original I have seen, found this through Pinterest. I am definitely going to try this, have tons of lampshades and a big roll of chicken wire. If you have time, I would love for you to share this at my link party that runs through Sunday at midnight. Thanks!

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  64. Thank you so much for sharing, definitely featuring! Have a great weekend. -K

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