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By Momof1 from Wilkesboro, NC
Lamps are so expensive now, so reinventing an old lamp with a new look saves a lot of money.
Personally, I think lamps are so over priced to begin with. I have taken parts from discarded lamps and made new lamps, even drilled holes in a ceramic vase to incorporate into a "new" lamp; new wire and a socket are inexpensive. I have used hanging lamp globes from yard sale finds and made them into table lamps. Use your imagination and save big time!
I had a '70s lamp with a gold globe and this is what I did.
I bought some eggshell colored wrapping paper that had a sparkle design on it. I tore the paper into small pieces and decoupaged the torn pieces to the globe. It looks really nice; kind of a lacy look from a distance. This lamp also had a small light in the base that you could turn on or not, separate from the main light. I turned on the base light and it added to the decoupage effect.
Let's bring life back to an old lamp.
For Christmas: Spray with gold then get red or green ribbon (whatever colour) and tie onto shade. Then glue on a Christmas ornament, flowers, or bow
For Valentines: Take off the Christmas ribbon and ornament then purchase pink ribbon, and pink hearts. Or red hearts and red ribbon.
When you are following this process, be careful not to tear the shade when removing the ribbon or flowers from shade or base.
Shade needs to be material and not the old ones that have folds.
I know that you will be pleased with the look, I know that I am. When money is scarce, crafty ideas look great.
By Janet from Toronto, Ontario
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By weinerdog41 from Ft. Worth,
Perhaps you could cover (wrap around) the chain with things such as garland, ribbons, bows, flowers, etc. That would hide the chain and make it look pretty. You could even do seasonal themes like Christmas, Valentines Day, etc. Good luck!
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I bought some wrapping paper with a neutral background that had sparkles. I tore the paper into small pieces and used Plaid Decoupage Glue in glossy finish. I started to paint glue onto the gold colored glass globe base, piece by piece until I covered it.
During this first process, I let some of the glued pieces dry a bit before pasting a new batch of pieces of paper overlapping the others. Continue, pasting until you are happy with the results, then give the covered globe several coats of the Plaid Decoupage gloss finish glue, let dry between coats.
The added bonus, the defused light in the base showed through some of the glued pieces.
The photo shows the before and after!
By Syd from Dunkirk, MD
That looks great! Thanks for sharing. (06/07/2007)
Call me crazy, but I actually love the original lamp. Another way to update it would be to get a more contemporary shade, maybe a shorter triangular one.
You did a great job though. Easy and clear directions, and the pearl one looks very professionally done. (06/07/2007)
I'm impressed! I would change the shade though. (06/07/2007)
That really does look updated! Nice work, you have an eye for current style. (06/07/2007)
By Kim Ch
This is just the idea I need! I have a lamp close to that style, only smaller. The shade is a dusty rose color and the glass is an awful gold! Ewww! My mom bought it at a garage sale for 50 cents. Thanks for the directions. (06/07/2007)
This is Syd. Thanks for all the positive comments.
It's hard trying to find a shade that's reasonable. I looked at a few in a lighting decorator shop...Wow! This lamp sits on a marble coffee type table in front of a bow window, so a taller type shade is needed. Maybe I'll find one at a yard sale! The best part is that I still have an old gold one as well as the updated one, in case I want to change things around. (06/08/2007)
Love this idea! Looks really nice! (06/08/2007)
Suggestion; replace the electric cord. If it's from the 70s, then it's plumb worn out. Your lamp conversion is truly inspired. (06/09/2007)
What a great idea! I have thought of covering different things with paper or cloth in the past, but have never gotten around to it. I see this type of lamp at the thrift stores sometimes, and I love the light in the base, but never the color of the glass. Next time I come across a pair cheap enough, I might just give your idea a try. Thanks for the inspiration.