I bought two lamps from Kirklands on sale several years ago that I liked but didn't love. I needed them for my bedroom, and the price was right, so I went ahead and purchased them, knowing at some point in time I would make them over.
This is what they originally looked like. I love the shape of them, and the fact that the shade is removable. What I did not like was the swirly decorations on the outside, doesn't quite mesh with my rustic/farmhouse style. Yesterday I decided to finally begin my makeover.
I totally stripped the outside off, was pretty easy and only took a few minutes. This is what I was left with.
I replaced the shade, and actually thought of leaving it this way. But I forged ahead.
I have a confession to make-I am in love with THIS STUFF! I find so many ways to incorporate chicken wire and hardware cloth into my decor. For this project I used hardware cloth, but you could also use chicken wire.
I measured around the lamp, and used my wire cutters to cut a piece of hardware cloth slightly larger than I needed. Since I was working in my bedroom, I placed a piece of white paper on top of my busy quilt so you could see it more clearly.
I began bending it around my lamp form- not an easy job with arthritic fingers. Once I had in the shape I wanted, I took it outside and spray painted the wire black. I forgot to take a pic.
I began bending the wire edges around the lamp, on the back side. Don't worry about the scratched off paint, I resprayed it when I was done.
This is the back side after I attached the last side with wire and touched up the paint. Since it is on the back, I wasn't too concerned about it being perfect.
And here it is, all finished!
Fits my style much better now.
I originally posted this using the term chicken wire and some folks weren't happy with me about it, so I changed my wording. You could use either one for this project.
- Hardware cloth (Home Depot)
- Lamp (Kirklands)
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