We recently moved and as we've been unpacking, organizing, and rearranging, we decided that our bedside lamps were a better fit in our guest room. That left us without bedside lamps. I honestly wasn't really looking for new lamps when I walked into one of our local Habitat Restores, but I spotted two lamps with great shape for $8 each. They clearly needed some updating but I saw the potential.
Dingy, Dated Lamps to Clean, Modern Lamps
Here is what I started with: shiny gold lamps with long, fringed, pleated lampshades. The gold was also starting to wear in some spots so it was a little blotchy.
The first thing I did was remove the lampshades and cover the bulb sockets and cords. I used an automotive primer because I knew it would hold the paint well on the shiny, smooth metal. Fun side note: I was originally going to use the primer and then cover it with a light gray, but after two coats of the primer, I was happy with the primer gray color and didn't end up using any more paint.
While the paint was drying, I started working on the lampshades. Removing the fringe and pleated fabric was a very easy task. I wanted a shorter lampshade, so I cut off a small chunk from the bottom. Before cutting, I measured an inch and a half up from the bottom and marked it all the way around to ensure an even cut.
I picked up one yard of fabric (on clearance!). I rolled the shade on the fabric, using a pencil to create a line for the pattern. You may not be able to see in the photos, but I cut about an inch above the line, to make sure I had enough material to fold over the ends of the shade.
The Gorilla Glue spray adhesive worked great to adhere the fabric to the lampshade. I would spray a small space and then slowly press the fabric into place.
Once the shades were completely covered, I knew I was going to need a bottom trim to give it a more finished look. Instead of buying or making a new trim, I cut off the fringe from the original trim. Using a glue gun, I wrapped the trim around the bottom.
Before and after.
And here they are in their new home.