Lamp gets a country girl makeover using license plates! Before and After!

Feb 19 2018
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My new guest bedroom and library needed a reading lamp for the bedside table so, of course, I went thrifting! I found this little dude for only $6 and then went directly to walmart and found what I decided was the perfect burlap lamp shade. From there it was time to decide just how I was going to transform this little lamp into something country and fun! Using two old MN license plates I got to work!

Using my old license plates on my first car I made a base for a dingy old thrift store lamp giving it a full on country girl makeover. Before and afters, with a new drop cloth shade I purchased from walmart this is a transformation you have to see to believe!Using my old license plates on my first car I made a base for a dingy old thrift store lamp giving it a full on country girl makeover. Before and afters, with a new drop cloth shade I purchased from walmart this is a transformation you have to see to believe!

At first I had four plates to work with and I stood them up and tied them together making a rectangle. That was big enough to cover the round, gold base but it was WAY too big for the shade. So I kept the two license plates that were mine (my very first plates ever actually) and experimented trying to bend them. It worked easy! I bent each plate in half lengthwise by pressing them over the edge of my counter. Then, using twin again, I tied them together into a much smaller rectangle and slid it over the top of my little lamp. Then it was time to figure out that ugly base!

Using my old license plates on my first car I made a base for a dingy old thrift store lamp giving it a full on country girl makeover. Before and afters, with a new drop cloth shade I purchased from walmart this is a transformation you have to see to believe!Using my old license plates on my first car I made a base for a dingy old thrift store lamp giving it a full on country girl makeover. Before and afters, with a new drop cloth shade I purchased from walmart this is a transformation you have to see to believe!

At first I was expecting to make a base out of wood but when I looked around my workshop for some ideas I ran into the big rope I used to hang my window planter boxes and it just seemed like the perfect fit! First I did a coat of paint on the base. (The paint is not perfect I just wanted to make sure that none of the gold would show through any gaps.) Then I used a glue gun and I simply wrapped the whole base up with that big rope.

Using my old license plates on my first car I made a base for a dingy old thrift store lamp giving it a full on country girl makeover. Before and afters, with a new drop cloth shade I purchased from walmart this is a transformation you have to see to believe!

I am absolutely excited to see this little lamp transformed. All in cost was $6 for the lamp and $12.99 for the new shade at my local Walmart. The twine, paint and rope I had on hand and that was it! I think the lamp fits right in to my little guest bedroom. Not many more projects left now until I finally get to reveal it here on the blog!

Using my old license plates on my first car I made a base for a dingy old thrift store lamp giving it a full on country girl makeover. Before and afters, with a new drop cloth shade I purchased from walmart this is a transformation you have to see to believe!

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16 Comments

  1. February 19, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    I am such a fan of your projects. This lamp went from ugly to one of a kind fun. I truly do not know how you think of these things, but I love it. I am really enjoying your whole guest room makeover series, great stuff.

    • February 19, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you so much Leanna! I so appreciate you coming by and commenting/checking my posts out!

  2. February 19, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    How creative. I love this! I do hope you’ll come back to the Fabulous Party and link.
    I am sorry I did not get the link up on Sunday. But the party has started now over:
    http://ourholidayjourney.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-better-late-than-never-fabulous.html
    Come and party with us!

  3. February 21, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Love the use of the license plates. You have really interesting license plates in the US ours in the UK are really boring and wouldn’t be any good for any upcycle.

    • February 21, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks Claire! Yeah every state here as their own “look” for sure. I like Minnesota’s because of all the blue 🙂

  4. February 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Very cute! You found that lampshade at Walmart??? Tempted to drive there now!

    • February 21, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Audra, yup I found that shade and a little pillow that matched it just perfect at Walmart one day!

  5. February 22, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    I love it! A good friend of mine collects license plates. The next time I need to replace mine, she’ll probably be gifted a fabulous lamp using your tutorial

    • February 22, 2018 at 5:46 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for coming by!!

  6. February 24, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    That really transformed the lamps! Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

  7. JaneEllen
    February 25, 2018 at 5:10 am

    Think we still have 2 old MT license plates out in shed. How we drug them with us from KY who knows but am glad we did. It’s all we have left of MT. Will use those plates to redo a lamp out in old Suburban.Sub doesn’t run but is sure handy for my own personal storage for my books and etc. Since Mr.Furry always threatening to throw my goodies away, him and youngest daughter..
    Can hardly wait to see reveal of your guest room, you are such an inspiration.
    Happy Sunday

    • February 26, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Hi there, someone told me that we’re not supposed to keep old license plates? I certainly don’t know why not! lol I’m really glad I have my first plates off my first car, there’s something really nostalgic about them!

  8. February 25, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    What an absolutely wonderful idea. I would never have thought to do that.

    Kathleen
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

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