Revamping your lampy

revamping your lampy


So, if you’ve ever worked on a DIY project then you know sometimes projects go your way and other times things go astray. On this DIY project, a few things went astray but the good news is, I’ve learned a few tips I plan to share with you!

Over the Christmas holiday, I decided to revamp some lamps in my bedroom at home. My mom had mentioned buying new lamps, but I wanted to give a crack at giving these old lamps a new look.

The colors of my bedroom are yellows and greens, so I wanted the lamps to coordinate accordingly. I bought this primer, along with this yellow spray paint and this green spray paint from home depot.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Spray Paint
  • Spray Paint Primer
  • Paint Tarp

Now, I made my first spray paint oppsie and I wanted to pass it along to you. Since I was only home for a few days, I was under a tight deadline to complete this project. Unfortunately, the two days I had time to work on the lamps it was rainy and because of this the air was super damp outside.  This caused the spray paint to take extra time to dry. The tall lamp I spray painted yellow even bubbled from the moisture when I sprayed the second coat on. So lesson of this story, don’t spray paint outside when the air is super damp.

spray paint lamp

So back to spray painting. I laid down a tarp and spray painted a layer of primer. I let the primer dry for about 6 hours (considering it was really damp), then spray painted the first layer of spray paint. I then let the first layer dry over night. The next morning I spray painted the second layer (this is when things when awry). I’ve spray painted things before and based on that experience, I definitely gave these lamps enough time to dry.  Darn you moist air!  How dare you throw off my DIY timelines!


While I was waiting for the paint to dry,  I started working on the lamp shades. Another recommendation for you. The first time you try this project, start with a drum shaped lamp shade (pictured above). It is much easier to recover than recovering one of these. I did cover two others, one bell shaped  and another empire shaped but it was pretty difficult and although the shades turned out pretty good, I was much happier with the drum shade.

Second tip: pick a light fabric, like a cotton fabric, to cover your lamp shades. With a lighter fabric light can still shine through.

I’ll share my steps for the drum shade, as I kind of just winged it with the other two.

Supply List:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Clothes Pins

Steps (sorry I don’t have more photos, like I said I was under a tight deadline):

  • First I measured the height of the lamp shade. I added 2 inches to the measurement. One inch for the top and one for the bottom.
  • I then measured the circumference of the lamp and added 2 inches.
  • Then I cut the fabric.
  • I first used a couple clothes pin to hold the fabric in place.  This helped to pull the fabric tightly. Make sure to align the seam of your fabric with the seam of the shade.
  • I then glued the fabric, using a hot glue gun, to the seam of the drum. Next I glued the fabric to the top and the bottom of the shade about 3 inches at a time, making sure to pull the fabric tight. Looking back it would have been helpful to have another set of hands to help with the pulling.
  • After gluing all the fabric onto the shade, I then went back and trimmed the excess fabric from inside the shade.
  • After I was finished with all of the shades, I ironed them to smooth out the fabric even more.

diy lampshade

Here are the finished lamps! I still have some touching up I plan to do, like sanding the areas that bubbled and re-spraying them.  I plan to also glue some ribbon inside of the shade to cover up the fabric edge and to add a pop of fun.
spray paint lamp

diy lamp

spray paint lamp

Here are my tips:

  • Don’t spray paint outside when it’s damp and rainy
  • For your first lamp shade project, start with a drum shaped shade
  • Buy light fabric to cover your shade
  • Recruit a second set of hands to help pull the fabric tight as you’re gluing it around the lamp shade
  • Buy ribbon to cover up the fabric edge

I know my blog post was lacking in picture steps so here are a couple posts that will help you on your revamping journey!


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