Chic Standard Lamp Revamp

I picked this baby up for $25 on eBay. Here it is before:

Looks better in the above pic than it did in reality!

It looks lovely lit up at night.


Using fabric trim is such an easy and affordable way to customise, well…anything really!
For anyone wanting to attempt this type of re-furb, a word of warning though….
….unless you have a drum shade, remember that wide lace trim is ‘flat’ and in order to get a consistent finish on an angled shape there is quite a bit of (jigsaw worthy) cut-and-paste required (I certainly learned this the hard way!).

Anyhoo, here’s the basic process….first, the polished brass base was thoroughly cleaned, any cords and fixtures masked to avoid overspray, then lightly sanded and coated with three fine layers of hammered charcoal spray paint.
I did need to buy a new shade for this project as, unfortunately, I had none the right size lying around. I elected for a natural ivory linen one from Target to contrast with the formality of the lace. Next, two different widths of lovely scalloped lace trim and some fabric glue – fini!

  1. chair up says:

    Hi Kristine. Thanks for the sneak peeks:o) Your lamp is great. How on earth did you get that lace to lie flat???? Well done! Love all of those tripod lamps, very cool.

  2. Kerri says:

    Hi Kristine, your lamp looks fantastic! Nothing I like better than a good before-and-after. Thanks for popping in to my blog, it led me here to yours!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
    Kerri x

  3. Sarah says:

    Hi Kristine,
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog & leaving such lovely comments! **Blush**
    Great job with the lamp, I am glad I am not the only ebay addict! I love it!!!
    Have a great week.

  4. Patti says:

    Your lampshade is fabulous!

  5. Linda says:

    I luv what you did here with that lampshade…come by and show it off at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY…hope to see you there:)


  6. Beautiful transformation! I love lamps, and this is a good one! The tripods are amazing too! Good luck and great job!

  7. mishebe says:

    Cute lamp shade, love the lace.

  8. Nice transformation. The lace shade is very pretty.

    I hope you’ll drop by AtticMag to see Jane’s Met Monday post.

  9. great transformation and thanks for the tip about shade shape..

  10. Barbara says:

    Love and I really mean love the lamp makeover and I have one just like it….will try.


  11. Denise Marie says:

    Wow, I can’t believe it. It is as nice as the other projects you’ve been showing.

  12. Sylvia says:

    Wow..that turned out pretty…I can’t wait to see more of your creations.


  13. Kim says:

    It looks like it’s found a nice new home. So pretty.

  14. I love the lamp. Be blessed. Cindy

  15. Super job. I love that trim on it. You have a beautiful house.

  16. Bobbie says:

    that looks so great!
    Thanks for linking up to check me out saturdays

  17. Linda says:

    Thanks for coming to the PAR-TAY…hope you are having a FUN time:)


  18. it turned out beautiful! tripod style lamps are so unique and timeless

  19. Beautiful transformation. It’s gorgeous now.

  20. Laura says:

    I love the way the lamp turned out! So pretty.


  22. Very cute changes to the lamp!

  23. I just love your lamp makeover! It looks so chic now! Well done!

  24. Nancy says:

    Very enlightening indeed! I love the lace on the shade. It looks beautiful lit and unlit alike!

  25. Stef says:

    Love it!!!

  26. Ahh such a great transformation! Love it!

    Kendra “Domestic Princess in Training”

  27. I’m lovin this lamp!

  28. Lee Laurie says:

    I love your lampshade. So pretty.

  29. helenabelle says:

    Great job! I know first hand how difficult that shade must have been but it looks wonderful.:)

  30. Lori says:

    This is wonderful! It turned out so great!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!
    Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! I’ll announce the winner at my next week party.

  31. Sheryl says:

    What a beautiful lampshade!

  32. The lace really makes that shade. You are scoring some great deals!

  33. I love the lace on the lamp! Especially that it is black lace! Gives it a bit boudoir style.

  34. Your lamp is beautiful, I love the lace trimmed shade and I’m loving those tripod inspiration photos too!

    Kat :)

  35. Kelly says:

    Very cute…the lace is great!

  36. Rose says:

    Great makeover. It looks so much better. Love the lacy shade too.

  37. Shannon says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by my place! I absolutely love your lamp redo! The lace is just perfect. I am definitely going to try this. I have been browsing and I can’t get enough of you cabinet redo’s! They are fantastic!

  38. LOVE this. It turned out so well! I hopped over from CSI. . . thanks for sharing :]

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