How to Upcycle a Lamp to Create Something Chic & Modern
I decided to learn how to upcycle lampshades. I started with a very old, plain lampshade. To upcycle my lamp, I used very simple materials that would make the lampshade look stunning at night when it was turned on. Let me show you my DIY upcycled lamp!
Tools and materials
- Macrame rope (approximately 150 rupees/$1.80 USD)
- White craft glue (also called polyurethane glue or PU glue)
- Wall putty
- Palette knife
How to upcycle a lamp
Step 1: Wrap the shade with macrame rope
Take your old lampshade and begin by applying white craft glue to the surface. This adhesive will help the macrame rope adhere to the lampshade securely.
Wrap the macrame rope around the lampshade, starting at the top and working your way down. Press it firmly into the glue to ensure it sticks. Continue wrapping until the entire lampshade is covered. Overlap the rope for a more textured look, if you wish.
Step 2: Secure the ends of the rope
When you reach the end of the rope, apply a little extra glue to ensure it sticks securely. Trim any excess rope to finish neatly.
Step 3: Apply wall putty
To create a trendy raw cement texture, take your wall putty and a palette knife.
Apply a small amount of wall putty to the lampshade's surface.
Step 4: Create texture
Using the palette knife, create a textured finish on the lampshade. You can make patterns, rough it up, or create any design you like. Allow the wall putty to dry completely before placing it back on your lamp.
DIY upcycled lamp
The raw cement finish of the shade gives this DIY upcycled lamp an on-trend look, especially when it’s illuminated at nighttime. You've successfully upcycled your decade-old lampshade into a trendy and eye-catching decor piece.
What do you think of the final result? Every shade will be unique so share your upcycle lamp design with me in the comments.
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