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The Best Lamp Makeover Ideas

Do you have a lamp that you love but it doesn’t work with your current decor? Well, here are the Best Lamp Makeover Ideas for a repurposed lamp transformation to update decor in your home. This lamp transformation is an easy and inexpensive DIY project that will inspire you to hold on to those old lamps.

My friend recently asked me to update a table lamp to make it work in her recently renovated basement. The lamp was a beautiful coastal inspired design but the colors were all wrong for her new space. So here’s what I did.

The Best Lamp Makeover Ideas to transform and repurpose lamps to save money.  Budge friendly lamp makeover.

What Are Some Lamp Makeover Ideas?

There are several ways to repurpose your old lamps. These are some simple lamp makeover ideas and tips that are cost effective.

  • New Paint
  • New Lamp Shade and/or replace Harp Size
  • New Finial
  • Add accents to the lamp base
  • Replace Harp Size

I have several lamp transformation ideas that I’ve used on thrift store lamps.

How to Make a Distressed Napkin Decoupage Lamp Base and the Easy Earthenware Lamp Makeover both included new paint, accents, a new shade and a new finial to create a fun one of a kind lamps for our master bedroom.

A thrifted lamp transformation usually requires a new lamp shade as well as updating the base.

How To Repurpose An Old Lamp?

Today’s lamp makeover is a relatively new lamp with a great lamp shade and finial, therefore it just needs a refresh to make it work in it’s new location.

The light color of the lamp base was not going to work with the darker shades of black, grey and red being used in the renovated basement.

Best Lamp Makeover Ideas for Coastal Beach Decor.

The first step was to darken the lamp base with a coat of black craft paint. The desired effect was a distressed paint technique which required a dark base.

Paint lamp base black to hide the light color when repurposing lamp base for new decor look.

Add Color To The Repurposed Lamp

Next, add the paint color of your choice for the lamp base.

For this project, we used a red chalk paint.

Paint lamp base red with chalk paint for a coastal lamp makeover and repurposed transformation.

As you can see two coats of red paint were needed to get the desired coverage.

Paint lamp base red with chalk paint for a coastal lamp makeover and repurposed transformation.

In addition, the lamp base was one solid piece and in order to give it more character, I left the bottom painted black to give the appearance of a separate lamp base.

Paint lamp base red with chalk paint for a coastal lamp makeover and repurposed transformation.

To achieve a distressed finish, wipe off excess red paint from the high points of the lamp base with a paper towel. Brush back over the paint with an almost dry brush to even out the paint distribution.

Distress lamp base by wiping off excess paint.

Add Protective Wax

To protect the finish and add additional distressing, apply a half and half mixture of dark wax and clear wax over the surface of the lamp base and buff to a soft shine.

Add protective wax to lamp base tranformation.

Nautical Lamp Transformation

In order to enhance the details of the lamp base, we chose to add a nautical feel with jute rope.

Begin by cutting sections of the rope to fit the areas you wish to apply. I cut all the pieces and held them in place with tape to be sure the placement was correct before moving to the next step.

Attach Rope To Lamp Base

Begin by applying E6000 glue in the areas you wish to add the jute rope.

Add glue to attach jute rope to lamp base.  Coastal Cottage Beach Decor Ideas.

Apply in small sections and then adhere the jute rope, being sure the ends meet at the backside of the lamp base. Secure with extra glue where the rope meets if necessary.

Add jute rope to existing lamp for a repurposed lamp transformation for a coastal beach cottage style.

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Repurposed Lamp Transformation

The lamp looks perfect in its new spot.

Red Lamp with coastal rope accents for Coastal Lamp Makeover Ideas.  Cottage style lamp transformation.

The distressed red color works perfectly with the chair color.

Coastal Cottage Lamp Makeover Idea to save money on existing lamp transformation.  Nautical Lamp

I hope this inspires you to rethink your home decor before purchasing new items.

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The Best Lamp Makeover Ideas to repurpose or transform an old lamp for an updated look.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

It's amazing the difference a lamp can look when you add rope! Love this Rachel.

Rachel

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

Thanks so much Kim.

CoCo

Tuesday 9th of August 2022

This pop of red is so cheery Rachel and I love the way you trimmed it out as well. It looks so good. I can't get over the transformation! Hugs, CoCo

Rachel

Tuesday 9th of August 2022

CoCo, I'm so glad you liked the transformation.

Tammy

Monday 8th of August 2022

Rachel, I love how your lamp turned out. The red really pops. Such a great project.

Rachel

Monday 8th of August 2022

Tammy, I really appreciate your compliment. Thanks so much.

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Sunday 7th of August 2022

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Kristin | White Arrows Home

Saturday 6th of August 2022

You have such great ideas Rachel! I'm excited to share this post with my followers in my weekend round up!

Rachel

Monday 8th of August 2022

Kristin, I really appreciate this.