Have you ever wanted to replace a table lamp because it didn’t fit with your decor anymore? Or perhaps it’s no longer in style?
I am in need of a lamp for my desk. I have a smallish lamp that is not currently being used, but it’s not the look I want for the desk. I hate to buy something new when I have something that can be used. . . but when I see this lamp, I think bedroom. Today I’m sharing 4 idea for changing the look of my lamp without actually altering the original lamp. One Lamp 4 Ways!
Here is a picture of the current lamp.
So this got me thinking. What if I could redo this lamp by making a cover to go over the existing lamp base in order to change the style of the lamp. Better yet, could I do this for little or no money?
I thought about it for another minute or so before I decided – why not? I like a good challenge.
Empty Quaker Oats container
silver thumb tacks – used 5 boxes from the Dollar Store $5.00
plastic grocery bags
I used a scissors and cut a hole in the bottom of the oatmeal container for the bulb socket and light switch to fit through.
I watched a movie and began pushing in thumb tacks. Depending on how close you put them, you may end up using more or less thumb tacks than I did. You may want to line the inside of the container with batting. Makes it a little easier to push in the thumb tacks with one hand inside the container. You can see I got pretty far before I decided to stop and add the batting.
The batting also helped protect the lamp from getting scratched as I put the container over the original lamp. Rolled cardboard on the inside could do the same thing.
The only problem was, if the lamp was bumped, the container would move. So to solve that problem, I stuffed the inside of the container with plastic grocery bags to make the fit snug so the container wouldn’t move off-center if the lamp was bumped.
I was liking the look of the faux hammered metal, but being the metal embosser that I am, I had to also make a cover that had some simple and quick embossing.
empty Quaker oatmeal container
silver spray paint
38 gauge metal embossing foil
2-1/4 inch circle punch & 1 inch circle punch
plastic grocery bags
Cut a hole in the bottom of the container as described in Re-Make #1 above. I spray painted the container silver. While that dried, I punched out 40 circles. Using the embossing folder and paper stump, I embossed the larger circles with my favorite texture pattern.
I glued the circles to the container. I used hot glue because it dries fast. You must be very careful using hot glue with metal – the metal will get very hot quickly. Alternatively, you can use E6000 glue, but you have to hold down each circle for a time to allow the metal to adhere (I’m just not that patient!). I recommend using a tweezers to hold the metal if you are using hot glue. I again stuffed the inside of the container to keep it in place on the lamp base as described in Re-Make #1.
This was Mr. Hobby’s favorite of the group. He liked the shape. Because this base was wider than the original, I did switch out the lamp shade to a larger shade. But this post is all about that base . .’bout that base, . .no treble . . .
Cardboard (I used the cardboard from a 24 pk of diet coke)
Embellishments of your choice – I used copper metal tooling foil and an unfinished wooden applique that I picked up at Hobby Lobby for $1.99.
The first thing I did was measure my lamp base width and height. I made a pattern out of a piece of cardboard from a case of diet coke. I used this lightweight cardboard because I knew that once I did the Mod Podge and pulled the paper tightly, the cardboard would curve in a little – giving me the shape I was looking for. If you use a heavier cardboard, you may not get the curve effect. After I made the first pattern, I traced and cut out three more.
Using duct tape, I taped the 4 sides together.
After the 4 sides were assembled, I put on a very thin coat of Mod Podge then smoothed on the map paper. The map paper I used is from a roll of wrapping paper that I bought a couple of years ago on-line for another project. So happy to have found another use for it!
After this dried, I put another coat of Mod Podge on the paper. By this time, the cardboard did curve slightly inward in the middle of each side. I cut a slot in the back for the lamp cord.
After that dried, here is what I had. It’s okay, but I knew I could do better.
This is where the embellishments come in.
I used 38 gauge aluminium tooling foil that was copper tinted on one side. This metal is soft and easy to handle without the worry of getting cut with sharp edges. Using an embossing stylist, I drew 2 lines on the aluminium side the foil and cut that out. This created a ribbon-like piece of metal. Using a cup and ball embossing tool, I made the raised circles.
Using hot glue, I attached the metal ribbon piece to the bottom of each side. (Be careful handling metal with hot glue – use a tweezers or tongs to hold the metal because it will get very hot quickly!)
I picked up an unfinished wooden applique from Hobby Lobby for $1.99. Using copper gilders paste, I just quickly rubbed on the copper color with my finger. Then I hot glued this to the front of the base.
Using metal is pretty easy for me because I have the supplies to do it. Alternatively, you could use washi tape, twine, material, strip of leather or anything else you can think of.
Gold Bowl Base – Cost to me $2.00
2 plastic (Lucite) bowls from the Dollar Store
Dremel – with standard cutting bit / Eye protection
Gold Spray Paint
small thin piece of cardboard
White Paint Marker
Spray clear top coat
The Dollar Store is stocked with these plastic bowls right now for the summer holidays. So I picked up a couple for this project. Wasn’t sure if it would work, but I figured if my $2.00 investment was a fail, I wouldn’t cry about it. Mr. Hobby assured me it would be possible to cut away the bottom of each bowl. I wasn’t so sure . . .
I will admit that I did not cut out the bottom of the bowls. I let Mr. Hobby do it. Took him all of 10 minutes to accomplish the task. There were a few very small cracks near the base when he was finished. I wasn’t worried about them as they were so small. But to protect the bowel, I cleaned away the plastic dust then put a small dab of super glue over each crack.The edge was a little rough were the bottom of the bowl was cut away. Again, I was not too worried about this. I just glued a strip of felt over the bottom bowl so that it would not scratch my original lamp base. The top I just left, but you could do the same if you are worried about it.
This is not the best picture, but this is a hard one to get. This is the bottom of the bowl where the bottom center was cut out. Mr. Hobby suggested putting a bead of hot glue around the edge which would cover the rough edge. It was a pretty good idea, but I didn’t try it . . .um . . . because I forgot to.
Once the spray paint was dry, I super glued the two bowls together. I tried it on the lamp for size. Looked good just as it was, but I wasn’t finished yet.