lamp update

lamp update

oh this was a fun project!  i love those ones where you hardly spend any money and they turn out so fun!

so i have the fun job this year of helping to do some decorating work at our school – yay me!  i started a pinterest board for all the fun ideas i’d love to incorporate somehow.  and if you’re confused about my kids going to school when i say we homeschool, well… it is a little confusing.  we homeschool 3 days a week and they go to school 2 days.  its pretty awesome.

so back to the lamp.  i have a very limited budget and need to make a big impact.

lamp update

 at our local flea (basically a giant garage sale – some junk, some good), i found this lamp base for $2.

lamp update

 after taping off the cord and the “mechanicals” with painter’s tape, i sprayed the base with several coats of a high gloss grey.  its so pretty, isn’t it?

lamp update

 when i found this tutorial by mandi i knew i had to try it!  her instructions were great and it was a really fun project – a great way to inject a burst of color.  i bought a plain drum lampshade at target for around $10 and used yarn i already had in my stash.  while mandy’s lamp shade has an awesome ombre effect, mine worked better for the colors of this room.

lamp update

 and here it sits in the reception room of our admin offices, on top of a $3 dresser i repainted.  love it!



  1. 1

    LOVE this project! it seems so easy and simple and the results are amazing!! you did a great job :)

  2. 2

    Love it! I’m not sure I could keep it that even and crisp looking. It looks like a $$ shade from Anthropolgie.

  3. 3

    I LOVE this! You have inspired me to try it! Thank you!

  4. 4

    The base looks like a totally different lamp after you put on the grey! Our habitat for humanity is having a huge clean out sale next Monday, so I will have to keep an eye out for a lamp base with a nice ‘silhouette’!

  5. 5

    gorgeous! love this!!!!

  6. 6

    That lamp is crazy cute…love your style!

  7. 7

    LOVE it! love the cute dresser. your school is blessed to have you! happy weekend!

  8. 8

    Oh wow! I love how it turned out. THIS is why I keep coming back to your blog (among others). It’s always so inspiring to see what you do with the junk (or treasures) you find.

  9. 9

    Lindsey! it’s just cuter than cuteness! i love the variegated colors of the shade :)
    i’ve been a longtime follower of the Pleated Poppy, just wanted you to know how much of an inspiration you are :) spiritually & and crafty wise (heehee)
    have a wonderful weekend! ♥ loves to you…

  10. 10
    Melissa Scott says:

    Could you plz give the all the 411 on the grey spray paint? I love the color!! Thanks!!! And beautiful job!!!

    • 11

      oh goodness! this post was from 3 years ago and i have no idea! i do know it was a high gloss grey, but thats about it – sorry!

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