Repurposing Old Lamps

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 in Home Page Feature, Living Room


I found these lamps at a yard sale years and years ago.  They have worn several different hats (shades and colors) over the years.  I really love the shape of them and wanted to repurpose them, but they were WAY out of style.  Like many of you, I tend to start a project and then move on to a new one before the first is complete.  Some refer to this as Designer’s ADD.  Anyway, I decided to wait to start on the lamps until I had a vision for them.

First, I tried to make them look like mercury glass.  I had seen some lamps in the Pottery Barn catalog that I really liked, but were out of my budget.  I found a tutorial and did it.  They were fine, but did not really do anything to brighten up the space.  I left them alone and waited for more inspiration.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of this stage.

Then, the other day inspiration hit – I saw this lamp at Target that was quite similar in shape and painted in a glossy yellow, I loved how it showed off the shape of the lamp.  Then I saw a lamp at Anthropologie that was a different shape, but had a white shade with an orange base.  This inspired me to try my lamps in a glossy orangey coral color with a white shade.   I am thinking about adding some navy ribbon to the shade, but I am LOVING them so far.  I think it really modernizes what were some very tired old lamps.  Best of all the new color and white shades really brighten up a dark corner of the living room!  Some of my pillows and artwork in this room have this same color and I think it they have pulled it all together!

This was a very quick (30 minutes total), very inexpensive ($4 for a can of spray paint) craft project that made a huge difference in our living room.  I recently did a post Six Tips for Repurposing that has additional ideas for quick and inexpensive ideas for updating your home.  Take a look and see what inspires you to look at your home in a new way!

Do you like to use spray paint?  What have you spray painted recently?


I am super excited to be linking up to the Spring Decorating Link Party today at Centsational Girl!  Head on over there to see many more spring crafts…



One Comment

  1. Great work @VistaTrail as your creativity is great to follow.

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