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.
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.
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.
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.
As you can see two coats of red paint were needed to get the desired coverage.
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.
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.
Add Protective Wax
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.
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.
Repurposed Lamp Transformation
The lamp looks perfect in its new spot.
The distressed red color works perfectly with the chair color.
I hope this inspires you to rethink your home decor before purchasing new items.