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Easy Lamp Makeover

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Hey y’all…I’ve been moving around furniture and artwork in the house this week. Do you do that too? I like to refresh the house a bit in the Wintertime. I change out lamps from one room to another for a different look. I move the furniture around too – especially tables. You’d be surprised at what a difference it makes with just a few tweaks.

I changed out tables in the foyer. There was previously a large drop-leaf table that I changed out for a smaller antique harp game table. I also wanted a new lamp for this space. I didn’t want anything too large or bulky. I was shopping around for a skinny, candlestick type lamp. I’ve been drawn to gold and brass of late and started the hunt. I found a couple of very pretty lamps but I wasn’t willing to pay the high price tag.

I’m not one to take defeat easily 🙂 and then I remembered that I had this lamp in the basement…

Easy Lamp Makeover

It would be perfect and easy to do a makeover with this lamp! Do you know that I never noticed that the graphics on the lampshade were upside down until I did this post. How do you like the beaded trim and faux palm tree limbs?

Easy Lamp Makeover

Luckily for me with a couple of twists these snapped right off…

Easy Lamp Makeover

I used pliers to tamp down any sharp edges.

Easy Lamp Makeover

I bagged and taped off the the cording and the top of the lamp so as not to get spray paint on them. I used Krylon® metallic spray paint in Gold Leaf.

Easy Lamp Makeover

Here’s another lucky purchase. Last year after Christmas, Lowe’s had these lampshades on holiday clearance in their lighting department for $5 each! We all know that good lampshades can be very expensive! The only problem is this festive red, green and gold trim wouldn’t work with my blue and green decor.

Easy Lamp Makeover

Not to worry…I pulled this pretty cobalt blue Greek Key grosgrain ribbon from my stash.

Easy Lamp Makeover

I just hot-glued this ribbon on top of the holiday ribbon and it worked out perfectly fine.


Have I told y’all how much I heart this antique mirror?

Easy Lamp Makeover


Can you believe this is the same lamp? It is so much more updated and stylish now.

Easy Lamp Makeover

This brass bull is my newest obsession. I’m a Taurus and when I saw this in Target I just had to have it. Truth be told, I bought two of them…Jenn is a Taurus too!


This small ornate frame was purchased at Marshall’s some time ago on clearance for $3! How cute is that baby? I wonder who it is LOL.

Easy Lamp Makeover

Easy Lamp Makeover

The transformation is like night and day. By just using what I already had in the house, this was a free to me project.

Easy Lamp MakeoverI’m so happy that I remembered that I had this lamp and the lampshade in the basement. I’m even happier that I didn’t spend the money on a new lamp. Even though I am a DIYer this lamp makeover was a great reminder to myself to shop my own home first.

The entire project took just 20 minutes to complete – beginning to end. The paint was very quick drying too! In just a short amount of time I created a new look for my foyer and I love how it turned out. I don’t know why I’m always amazed at the power of paint…it does make a big difference.

Have you done any easy lamp makeovers? We would love to hear about!

Until tomorrow,

XO~Vicki and Jenn



  1. Wow! I love this makeover! Beautiful lamp. You’ve got a good eye for seeing potential in things. I could not have seen this beautiful lamp from the before look. Great job!

  2. Ack! I’m in love with a lamp! LOVE the gold finish and that blue is gorgeous! Perfect for brightening up during a dreary winter. Do even have dreary winters in Georgia? Maybe this beauty should come live at my house where she could make more of a difference… 😉

  3. I love Your work. Thus lamp looks amazing!
    And…my husband and I are Taurus too 😉

  4. What the what! OMG this doesn’t even look like the same lamp. What a beautiful transformation. Very preppy chic, I’m loving it! Hugs, CoCo

  5. The palm tree was the tops back a few years ago but it’s so much better now! Who would have ever thought you could change the look so much. I have 4 or 5 lamps in the closet now…thanks for so much inspiration. Pinning.

  6. Vicki, I can’t believe it was the same lamp. It’s amazing how a little creativity goes a long way. xo Lisa

  7. What a huge difference! I have a few boring lampshades that are desperately needing some spicing up. I need to check out the ribbon department of Joann’s ASAP!

  8. Vicki and Jenn, your new lamp looks great! I love it when I don’t have to spend extra money buying a new project! Thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! I hope we’ll see you guys again this week!


  9. Fantastic redo! Like night and day. Terrific idea to take off the metal leaves. P.S. Also love your hall table.

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