Do you have a tattered and dirty lamp that needs a reboot and refresh? Here is my 5 minute lamp makeover using one of my best tips.
We have three long storage benches on our back porch. In theory, they seem like a good idea; lots of space to store things and they also make for great seating, however there’s a couple cons that overtake the pros in this sitch. One is that they’re heavy and cumbersome to even open, and the second is that once something gets put inside to be stored, that thing is long forgotten. These storage benches are almost like a black hole, although the black hole in this case is only 24 inches deep.
Needless to say, we didn’t have much stored in these benches. So, when Sean and I went to clean out whatever was inside, this lamp was there.
I can’t even remember putting the lamp in the storage bench, let alone remember owning it in the first place. We had put the lamp in a pile to donate along with some other stuff that was uncovered. However, when it was crunch time for our back porch reveal and there was an empty dark corner that needed a table and lamp, one turn to my left and there was that tattered and dirty lamp just sitting there on the pile. There was no time to source and order a lamp, let alone time to shop around locally. I had to spruce it up quickly with supplies that I had on hand. First order of business, the shade needed to be cleaned and made to look new.
5 Minute Lamp Makeover Using One Of My Best Tips
First, I cleaned the base and then lint rolled the shade to get all of the dirt and dust particles off. Since the inside liner of the shade is plastic, I sprayed it with a gold paint.
Good Tip: By spraying the inside gold it reflects the light, giving off a bright and warm glow.
While the inside of the shade was drying, I sprayed the base the same green as I painted the chairs and the papier-maché deer on our back porch.
Then, I used one of my best tips I’ve ever shared on this blog. It’s a tried and true tip that totally makes all lampshades look like new, and it’s a super easy DIY.
Follow This Tip To Refresh Fabric Lampshades
I sprayed the lampshade with floral spray paint. I sprayed with black simply because that’s the original color of the shade, and I wanted to keep it black. Holding the can of paint about 10 inches from the surface, spray in long even strokes until the entire surface is covered. You may need to spray on a second coat; wait until the surface is dry before applying a second coat, if need be. I’m telling you, this really in truly is the best tip for painting fabric lampshades. The floral spray paint dries super quickly and the end result looks like a brand new lampshade.
So the moral to this story, other than the fact that I needed a lamp for an empty corner of our back porch, is to think twice before throwing away an old dirty lamp. Because now we all know that in less than 5 minutes, you can give a custom makeover over to a lamp that will look just like new.
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