Transform an old thrift store desk lamp into beautiful home decor. Learn how to paint a lamp and redo the lampshade in this step by step tutorial.
Do you love to look through other people’s discards to find your new treasures? Me too! The thrift store is one of my favorite places to shop!
This cute little lamp was only $1 and what I wanted to do with it quickly began swirling around my brain.
Supplies Used: Some links may be too similar items when exact items couldn’t be found online.
The shade is the perfect place to start.
Remove all of the fabric and get it down to the skeleton. This is actually harder than you might think. For this particular shade, there is a lot of glue holding the fabric to the frame.
In our garage, I found a bucket of random twines and ropes. I really like the texture of this twine but it is so brown and blah.
Can twine be dyed? Let’s find out! In a large bowl, combine food coloring and vinegar according to the egg dye instructions, and let it sit for several hours.
YES!!! It worked! I was hoping for a coral/peach color, but it was more pinkish orange, but it will work just fine.
Before we move to the next step, remove the twine from dye mixture and leave it out to dry overnight.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to weave the twine around the shade skeleton so I played around with it a bit until I found a technique that I liked.
To weave as I did, wrap the twine around the outside of the shade skeleton and loop the twine around the metal support pieces when you come to them.
The weaving did take a bit to do but doesn’t it look awesome?
Fabric Rolled Flower Accents
The twine wrapped lampshade looks great but I think it needs something more. The fabric rolled flowers that I made for my Handmade Journal would be perfect!
Use a little bit of scrap fabric and follow the tutorial linked above to make your own. Attach the flowers to the shade with a bit of hot glue.
How to Paint a Lamp Base
For the base of the lamp, paint with some white acrylic paint and a paintbrush. Easy Peasy!
The new lamp looks amazing on top of my entertainment center, and now that it is all put together, I LOVE the color of the twine!
What have you DIY’ed from a thrift store find? Share and leave a comment below.
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