My son has had this lamp in his room since he was born.
I still like the shape of the lamp, but 1) the fabric shade is horribly dusty, and I can't seem to keep it clean, and 2) I am getting ready to redo the room and I thought I new lamp would be better.
So, instead of throwing this perfectly good lamp away, I decided to give it a makeover. I sent Quinn on a hunt to gather up a bunch of toys he no longer plays with.
Here is what we ended up with.
Next I gave the lamp base a quick coat of brown spray paint--Krylon of course! Then I got to work on the shade. I don't have great pictures or directions for this part, so if you want to try this and need better directions, check out Traci's directions over at her blog Beneath My Heart.
First I took off the "ribbon" around the top and bottom of the shade.
Next I slathered fabric glue one the shade, one side at a time, and just rolled my burlap on. After that was dry, I trimmed the excess off the edges and used my hot glue gun to glue the seam together. I just folded, tucked, and glued.
I also glued the bottom edge underneath the shade.
I trimmed the top as close to the shade as I could, and then I hot glued some jute to the top. I just thought this gave it a more finished look.
By this time, my lamp base was dry. I took the toys that Q had gathered and just started gluing them on the base. Here is the final product:
And here are some close ups just for fun!
This was very fun, very easy, and free! A one-of-a-kind lamp made out of a lamp that was destined for the dump! What do you think?