A Lamp Makeover Story.

One of my favorite things is to look how someone takes something old and turns it into something new and exciting!  Today I am super excited to share with you a project that I have been wanting to do for awhile.
Awhile ago I picked up this magazine from the store:
I found so many fun projects in it, but one stood out to me. They gave the idea to make over a lamp by using a paint marker on it.  So that is exactly what I did! 
Sounds a little TLCish right?! 
 First, I found an old lamp at a thrift store in town.  It was perfect for the makeover…good shape and super ugly!  It took just a few steps before I had my final product, which I am in LOVE with!

I taped it up with painter’s tape and  spray painted it a nice yellow.

Then I took off the tape (it’s amazing what a little spray paint can do!).
I found some paint markers at Michaels.  They weren’t as thin as I would have liked, but they did the trick.  Do you love to doodle on paper?   Then this project is perfect for you!  You simply start at the top (so your hand doesn’t run over the drawn design as you are working!) and work your way to the bottom.  Draw any design. I drew a simple flower and added some swirls and lines to finish off the initial part of my design. I decided it needed a little oomph, and the gold seemed to do the trick.  By simply outlining in gold paint, it came out just the way I was imagining.
Enjoy some of the details:

Some things to note:
*Don’t be worried about messing up.  Can you really mess up a doodle? Just keep building on to it. If you are really worried, sketch some designs out on a paper and then go at it!
*Work slowly and keep your hand steady.
I opted on a design that wrapped around one side and added a little design around the top to add a little visual interest.

Isn’t it so fun? I have been looking all over my house since to find other things I can paint. I think I have found a new fun hobby!:)

26 thoughts on “A Lamp Makeover Story.

  1. Rita says:

    I love it! You definitely should submit this to better after!

  2. Sylvie Créative says:

    Congratulations Kiki! So nice and cute!

  3. Barbie says:

    beautiful! way better than anything you'd find in a store!

  4. Alexis @ persia lou says:

    I really really really like this. I need to find myself a thrift lamp to do over. I also need to hear more about this awesome table. Did you make/paint it?

  5. Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes says:

    OMGsh I adore. Adore!

  6. claudia b says:

    this is GORGEOUS!!!

  7. Jamie says:

    I love this idea! I haven't been lucky enough to find a lamp like this to repaint.

  8. Lindsay says:

    So I was googling..LOVE google..lamp makeovers and yours popped up!! I love the finished product..

    Delighted Momma

  9. Andrew Thornton says:

    Great make-over! That's one hot lamp!

  10. Beckie says:

    WOW this is totally amazing!! I love the colors they would be so perfect in my house…I may have to be brave and totally try this some time! Thanks for such a great and fun idea

  11. Heidi Perez says:

    AWEsome!! That would be fun to do on a white fridge or an old pot or… probably anywhere! That turned out so, SO cool.

  12. Kat says:

    Great Job! I'm so impressed 🙂 I have a huge fan of yellow too. Found you via vintage revivals glad I did!

    [email protected] (not liz lol)

  13. Tam @ Sew Dang Cute says:

    Love, love, love this!!! Wish I could freehand that, but I'm a wimp and would have to make some sort of stencil. Great job!!!

  14. Madigan at madiganmade says:

    What a great makeover. So impress you drew those flowers by hand! Love the color, too.

  15. Ali Richardson says:

    I absolutely LOVE this! I love those ugly old lamps with great shape. SO much potential and you nailed it!

  16. content2be says:

    I would never have guessed it was so simple. I thought for sure you used some Cricut cut-out (which I don't have). Love that anyone can do this with a few simple tools!

  17. Erin (Out on a Limb) says:

    Gorgeous! Thanks for inspiring me. Off to the Goodwill store I go…

  18. Esther & Janna says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  19. Meg says:

    BEAUTIFUL!! Well done!!

  20. Heidi von Weitzer says:

    Kiki, fun project, I love it. One of my dearest things to do, is to find something discarded and create a new use for it. In your "lamp case" you won the daily double. Thanks for your inspirations.


  21. Corinna says:

    This is gorgeous! This is something I would totally buy in a store!

  22. Kari says:

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for sharing!

  23. Brittany says:

    This is seriously amazing! I wish I could freehand like that.

  24. Good evening!

    I featured your yellow lamp makeover in my blog series, Get Your Color On: Yellows. My series highlights DIY projects from other bloggers, decorating tips, and decor picks. I love the brightness of the lamp and the texture your pattern adds to it. Great job!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity and feel free to post a Get Your Color On! button!

    Angela Conley
    Creative Blossoming

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