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DIY Refurbished Lamp

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by in $10 DIY, Uncategorized | 1 comment

I was out for a drive on a back road and glanced over to see an 80s style floor lamp leaning against a tree in a junk pile. I have stopped at this junk pile on occasion to see what treasures I could find. Today, I found a gold and pink dated flower lamp. At first glance, it looked hideous and made me think, back in the day it would have been in a corner of the room with mirror walls and linoleum floors. I knew just how I could refurbish this outdated lamp and turn it into a shabby chic lamp that would be a statement piece.

Here is the lamp when I picked it up on the side of the road.

BEFORE: Outdated 1980s Lamp

BEFORE: Outdated 1980s Lamp

Here is the shabby chic lamp after 5 easy steps!

After: Shabby Chic Flower Lamp

AFTER: Shabby Chic Flower Lamp


Outdated Lamp
White Rust Oleum Spray Paint
Baby Wipes
Sand Paper
Glad Cling Wrap

Remove light bulbs, flower petals, and pink leaves!

Overview of DIY flower lamp

Wipe down petals, leaves, and lamp base with baby wipes. Let air dry before spray painting.
Parts of the flower lamp

STEP THREE: Lightly sand the lamp base with sandpaper to rough up the surface and remove any rust or gloss. Wipe down the base with baby wipes and let air dry. The spray paint will adhere better with a rough, clean surface.
lamp base

lamp base

lamp base

STEP FOUR: Cover the electrical cord, and sockets with cling wrap to prevent paint to cover and damage the lamp.
prepping for painting
cover sockets with cling wrap
Spray paint lamp base with white Rest Oleum. Make sure you follow the directions on the can. When spraying, start from the top and work your way down, spraying from side to side. Do not spray too closely or continually over one spot. The paint will drip and not dry evenly. Wait an hour and spray on another coat of paint.

painted lamp base

Reinstall the light bulbs, petals and leaves.

pink leaves for flower lamp

shabby chic lamp

Finished product: Shabby Chic Flower Lamp

1 Comment

  1. Love this! What a difference. I don’t know if I would have noticed this little lamp, but it is beautiful now!


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