DIY For The Home

One Lamp, 4 DIY Makeovers

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We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

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.

 

Bedroom 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.

I got busy and came up with 4 different lamp base makeovers – without actually changing the lamp itself.   Each lamp base re-make includes a little tutorial so you can see what I did.

Re-Make #1

Trendy Silver Faux Hammered Metal Pillar     Cost to me:  $5.00
We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

Supplies used:

Empty Quaker Oats container
silver thumb tacks  – used 5 boxes from the Dollar Store  $5.00
batting
scissors
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.

 

Quaker Oats container.

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

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.

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

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.

 

Re-Make #2

Trendy Silver Embossed Pillar –  Cost to me:  $0    I had all these supplies on hand.  Yippie!

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

 

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.

Supplies used:

empty Quaker oatmeal container
silver spray paint
38 gauge metal embossing foil
2-1/4 inch circle punch & 1 inch circle punch
embossing folder
Paper stump
glue
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.

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

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.

Re-Make #3

Covered Triangler Base       Cost to me $1.99

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 . . .

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

Supplies used:

Cardboard (I used the cardboard from a 24 pk of diet coke)
Ruler
pencil
scissors
map paper
Mod Podge
paint brush
duct tape
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.

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

Using duct tape, I taped the 4 sides together.

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

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.

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

After that dried, here is what I had.  It’s okay, but I knew I could do better.

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

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.

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

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!)

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

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.

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

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.

 

Re-Make #4

 Gold Bowl Base –  Cost to me $2.00

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

Supplies Used:

2 plastic (Lucite) bowls from the Dollar Store
Dremel – with standard cutting bit / Eye protection
Gold Spray Paint
Super Glue
small thin piece of cardboard
ruler
pencil
scissors
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 . . .

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

 

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.

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

 

I spray painted each bowl on the outside.  I considered painting the inside, but after the cutting, there were a few scratches on the inside near where the cut was done probably from flying little plastic pieces.   I didn’t want those to show, so I spray painted the outside with 2 coats and let that dry. I took the small piece of cardboard and drew a small triangle pattern and cut it out.

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.

 

We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.
I took my triangle cardboard piece that I made and traced around it using a white paint marker.  I thought the simple pattern added  additional visual interest.   Let everything dry overnight, then spray with a clear topcoat.  Done!
We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.
We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.
Like those little Buddhas?  Picked them up at a flea market – set of six little Buddhas for a whopping 50 cents.  I just love them!
The thing I love best about this project is that each re-make is just a cover that is not actually attached to the original lamp.  I can lift it off anytime I want a change or use the original lamp as it was.
This was such a fun challenge.  I keep thinking of other ways to ‘re-make’ the lamp.   Seriously, how many lamp base covers does a person need?
If you enjoyed this project, we’d love if you’d  Pin It  to share!  Thank you!
We took a plain bedroom lamp & re-made it with 4 different lamp makeovers, leaving the original lamp in tact. We created a lamp base cover in each makeover.

 

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23 Comment

  1. Kelsey Koenig
    April 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

    I love them all! My favorite is your embossed one, but I might steal the tumbtack idea for another project. The map one has a different feel than the rest, bit I really love that one too.

    1. Laurie
      April 9, 2015 at 5:07 am

      Thanks Kelsey! I like the embossed one too, but you probably guessed that already 🙂

  2. Beverly Roderick
    April 9, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Wow! These are all such creative ideas! Your instructions are great for each one of them. I love the metal embossed one, but I'm also drawn to the map one. I've got a small lamp in a guest room that just yesterday I was thinking needed a change, so I just spray painted it, but after seeing these ideas, I'm going to figure out how to use your ideas for it.

    1. Laurie
      April 9, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks Beverly! They were fun to make – I may have to do another post because after I finished these, I keep getting more ideas. If you make one, I'd sure love to see it! I think there are so many possibilities and materials that can be used to make a lamp any style you want it to be 🙂

  3. Celery and the City
    April 11, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    what COOL ideas Laurie!! Love that first one! how creative you guys are!

    1. Laurie
      April 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!

  4. Beverly Roderick
    April 12, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I wanted to let you know, I've nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can find the post at http://acrosstheblvd.blogspot.com/2015/04/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html. Hope you're having a good day!

    1. Laurie
      April 12, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you so much Beverly! I just saw the post. It is truly an honor to be nominated by you!

  5. Krista
    April 19, 2015 at 11:33 am

    You are seriously so creative—I love seeing what you'll come up with next. I wish you lived closer and could help me with a few projects!! Thanks for linking up at MeetUp Monday!
    –Krista
    http://www.thequinntessentialmommy.com

    1. Laurie
      April 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks Krista. I always enjoy being a part of MeetUp Monday!

  6. Kristina Bridges
    April 21, 2015 at 12:34 am

    So much fun! I love all the ideas and especially that they are changeable. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  7. London Accountants Lady
    January 14, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Wow, I never knew you could do so much with one lamp, I love the sort of studded texture on the shade.

    1. Laurie
      January 14, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you. It was a fun challenge to come up with several different styles for one lamp. I think that lamp shade was purchased at Walmart a couple years ago.
      Appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  8. Crochet Hooks
    March 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    goodness not sure which is my fav! I kinda like the fat round one, but then I like the embossed metal and then Mr Hobby's fav is nice too….guess for me #1 is out, rest I would have a hard time choosing 🙂 Thanks for sharing all these great diy lamp makeovers!!

    1. Laurie
      March 28, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you! This was such a fun project to do!

  9. Gail @Purple Hues and Me
    March 29, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Oh my! These are adorable! You could have done a separate posts on each one! All of the base shapes you created are so interesting, but I think I like three and four the best! But the cardboard base really is it for me,too! Cardboard is so versatile for using in crafting! It's amazing what you can do with it!

    1. Laurie
      March 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Gail! It was really fun coming up with all the variations!

  10. Kathleen Aherne
    March 30, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I want to know which one made it to your desk. These are just so lovely, I think I like the second one. I love coming here I never know what wonderful thing you will come up with next.

    1. Laurie
      March 30, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      lol, Probably not surprising, they all made it to the desk. I change switch it out every now and then, just to make it interesting 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by Kathleen!

  11. Wendy S
    April 1, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Wow, those are so cute! I have that exact lamp (well, actually it is white) and I've been wondering what to do with it. You are so creative, Laurie! I like them all, but if I had to pick, I think I would go with the silver one…or the map…or the round gold one… 🙂

    1. Laurie
      April 4, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      lol, isn't that funny how that works? I appreciate your visit 🙂

  12. Sherry Nappa
    April 2, 2016 at 1:49 am

    These lamps are perfect! I love the transformation and the way you decorated them.

    1. Laurie
      April 4, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks so much Sherry!

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