Double Take: Lace Lamp Makeover Before & Many Afters

Happy Monday everyone! It feels like it has been days since we’ve updated and it doesn’t help that the weekend just flew by! The weather hasn’t been best in Baltimore for most of the week, but yesterday the rain held up and allowed us to fit a few projects into our busy weekend! Why were we so busy? We attended two birthday parties for our younger cousin and “godtwins” (easier than saying twin godchildren-even though I just said it!). And we’re still feeling the effects from those parties! Now I know why I don’t bowl regularly, it is indeed a workout and I think I may have pulled a glute!

Anyway, the project of choice was a lamp. What? No, chair? No dresser? Yes, a lamp sorry to disappoint you all! However, it is a pretty lamp. It started out as a black lamp base as you can see. This makeover involved a few makeovers before we liked the final result.

Lamp Makeover
First, I added some lovely floral fabric to the lampshade to spruce it up. While I LOVE the fabric, it didn’t really fit with the other patterns in the room. It’s a good thing I only taped the fabric to the lampshade, right?

Lamp Makeover

Not to mention, the black was a little too bold for the room! Primer to the rescue! After a coat of primer we spray painted the lamp in Robin’s Egg Blue by Design Masters from Michael’s.
Lamp Makeover Lamp Makeover

The shade of blue was a lot lighter than we expected, so when all else fails paint it white. Now that the lamp base was white and looking spiffy, we (Milla) decided to take the makeover a step further and cover the lampshade in lace. I blame pinterest for this result, but at least it turned out great. See!

 Lace Lampshade Makeover

Lace Lampshade Makeover

We couldn’t find any hot pink lace at Joann’s so Milla mixed up some textile and craft paint to achieve this custom color and brushed it on the white lace with a foam brush.

Lace Lampshade MakeoverLace Lampshade Makeover

This process can get quite messy, especially if you decide to forgo brushing and just use your hands like Milla, or if you have a cat with no respect for diy. But I guess that’s what happens when you block access to his food bowl by having the entire kitchen floor covered in lace and paint! Sorry we didn’t get a picture in our haste to keep Breeze from destroying the project.

We allowed the lace to dry and put it in the dryer for a few minutes to allow the fabric to cure. Covering a lampshade with fabric is a simple process and it’s even easier with a self-adhesive lampshade purchased from Joann’s. So there you have it! After many makeovers we love the final result and you already know where this lamp is going…yes in a girl’s room!

We’re linking up at these parties.

Coastal Charm- Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays
Primitive and Proper
Savvy Southern Style- Wow Us Wednesdays
Domestically Speaking-Power of Paint
Handyman Crafty Woman-Wicked Wednesdays
Saved by Love Creations
Shabby Creek Cottage-Transformations Thursdays

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, fabric, Painting Projects, Tutorials

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Kahli was born one minute after Milla. She is a pinterest addict and will dedicate numerous hours to cataloging inspiration.

28 Responses to Double Take: Lace Lamp Makeover Before & Many Afters

  1. Sarah

    Omg. I love this. You’ve totally inspired me to create something like this for my mantle!! Thank you!

    • Milla

      Thanks Sarah! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  2. Marilyn

    This a amazingly fab..I love it..Found ya on hop and officially subscribed as a reader :)) loving your blog..I’m Marilyn via .Hope u can visit sometime…TY..

    • Milla

      Aww thanks Marilyn. Glad to have you as a follower. I will head over to your blog later

  3. cassie

    oh i love the lace lampshade on it! see, together the two of you created the perfect lamp! :)

    • Kahli

      If milla speaks about I didn’t do squat lol. We did fight about it for a little bit. Involved some slamming of the door too but we still love each other and it turned out great!

      • Milla

        Thanks for telling the truth Kah. Love you

  4. Deborah

    LOVE usin’ lace as stencils…YUM to your lamp!!

    • Milla

      Thanks a bunch Deborah!

    • Kahli

      Thanks Deborah!

  5. Julia @ 551 East Design

    Bah! Love it! Your photos are fantastic too!

    PS I have a $50 cash giveaway going on at my blog this week. Come by when you get a chance! :)

    • Milla

      Thanks for visit Julia! Ooh a giveaway? We will be sure to check it out

  6. Ricki Jill Treleaven

    Very cute lamp! *love* the shade 😀
    I am visiting from Mod Mix Monday.

  7. Just Jaime

    Love the lace! What a great idea. I’m always looking for ideas for my lamp shade.

    • Milla

      Thanks Jaime. Glad we could help.

  8. SJ

    Oh, my goodness! Such a lovely transformation.

  9. Amanda@relovedrubbish

    That lamp is gorgeous now! I love how it looks in white and the shade is amazing!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Come enter my giveaway too.


    • Milla

      Thanks very much Amanda!

  10. Jaime at crafty scrappy happy

    are you getting used to me saying that I adore everything that you link up yet?!?!? Because once again I am in LOVE with this lampshade re-do! It is perfect! anddd I haven’t seen anyone use lace like this before really! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

    • Milla

      Aww Jaime, we appreciate all of your wonderful comments. Glad we could inspire you!

  11. Jennifer

    Awesome!! Lovin’ anything lace right now!! You girls are great!
    Thanks for linking up to Show & Share!!

  12. Lesha

    AWWW! Amazingly cute. I have had a lamp i want to do something with. Like this idea

    • Milla

      No problem. Thanks for visiting Lesha

  13. Courtney

    Hi there- this is lovely!! What a great idea! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

    • Milla

      Aww Thanks Courtney. Thanks for hosting

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