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Quinn's Lamp Makeover

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? 

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Reader Comments (10)

Holly - That is adorable and really clever!! Perfect for those little toys that they don't play with anymore but just can't seem to part with.

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizz Allen

My boys now want to come play with Quinn and have you make them a lamp. :)

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Another great idea from Holly! Thanks for sharing. I especially like the lamp shade. I was wondering how you were going to change that, you never fail to surprise me with your creativity!

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShauna Thoene

This is beyond unique! I have never seen anything like it and loving everything about it. Great save on a perfectly good lamp.

Thanks for linking to "Meet Me On Monday"

Take care,

Visiting from Vintage Revivals! I love this idea. I only have girls, but I am guessing that this would be super cute with Polly Pockets, ponies, and a ton of Barbie accessories. Thanks for sharing such a creative idea.

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCrafty Texas Girls

Visiting from Vintage Revivals. Very cute idea! So one of a kind!

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

Love this! And for a room with a specific color scheme, you could spraypaint for a monochromatic look.

Thank you so much for linking to my blog! I absolutely love the way your lamp turned out. You did a great job! I love the little toys on the lamp base. My boys would love this idea.
Thanks for letting me know about this post.
Bless you!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTraci

I was just looking for color inspiration for my new lamp and found your link! I got the same lamp from my grandma when my son was born. Here's what I did to change ours from boys room to mom's lamp...


July 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Such a great idea!

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDear Lillie

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