Before and After lamp painting and adding a new shade!

Paint an old lamp white for a brand new look! First, some back story: upon merging our households, Joe wanted to throw most of his furniture away. I allowed it with three pieces: A 1960s round coffee table made of particle board that looked about ready to collapse and two (very old) upholstered chairs, one was an orange rocker (that was broken and on its literal last legs) the other was a big green giant that was mostly held together with green duct tape. My aunt snatched the coffee table before it could be tossed (thank goodness because I was feeling really bad about that) but the two chairs got tossed and I remain pretty disgruntled about it… I mean… we certainly could have put them in the garage for a hang out spot… totally should have saved them. I know, its a sickness, but I’m just not any good at throwing anything away! Anyway, when he tried to toss this lamp I just shook my head at him. It was outrageously gaudy and grungy and not our style in any conceivable way but I knew a little bit of painting might just transform it.

Painting a gaudy old lamp and adding a blue shade for a whole new look @GrandmasHousDIY

I started by taking the shade off and grabbing my can of white paint that I’ve used on everything at this point. Its a flat acrylic ceiling and trim paint and, I figured, if I didn’t like the flat paint I could always add a coat of clear poly to the lamp to make it shiny later. It took five coats of paint for this lamp to totally cover. I did a little scuffing on all of the gold and glass with a fine grit sand paper before painting it. (Note: Spray painting would have been a far better option but we have no place to spray paint here in the winter.)

Painting a gaudy old lamp and adding a blue shade for a whole new look @GrandmasHousDIY

Looking at the very plain white lamp base when I was finished I remembered I had a roll of twine left over from a couple of other projects and thought, “What the heck.” I really didn’t see how I had anything to lose at that point so I got to wrapping the lamp in two separate places. I think the twine really completed it and gave it the whole new look that I was going for. In fact, now with the blue shade, I think it has a little bit of a nautical look that I really like.

Painting a gaudy old lamp and adding a blue shade for a whole new look @GrandmasHousDIY

On planning this lamp project I was in Walmart one day with my mom and we browsed through the lamp shades for a few minutes. I honestly didn’t have much preference except that I knew I couldn’t do an off white or an “almost” white because the base was VERY WHITE. I needed a lamp shade that would be bold enough to stand up to the total whiteness of it all. This blue shade caught my eye. Fast forward a couple of weeks, with the lamp done and ready for a new shade I took Joe with me to Walmart to pick it out. I told him nothing of my previous trip and he headed into the aisle first (who knew I’d find a guy who would get excited to pick out a lamp shade lol) he immediately announced, “Oh I found the one!” and he picked up the blue shade I had already picked out. (Its these moments that make marriage pretty darned cool.) I just laughed and told him, “Great. Put it in the cart!” He said, “Really? You like it too?” I do love that man.

Painting a gaudy old lamp and adding a blue shade for a whole new look @GrandmasHousDIY

The lamp shade from Walmart was about $12 and, besides that, I already had the rest of the materials so, all in, this was an incredibly cheap project and, I think for the little bit of time it took and the little bit of money in cost us, it may be our most spectacular before and after yet. Truly, it is amazing what a little paint will do! The flat look of the paint has really grown on me too, I think it almost gives it a kiln-fired or clay quality, like an old pitcher.

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  1. December 13, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Love this project! It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do to update something.

    • December 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you! And, no kidding! Paint can do wonders!

  2. April 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    This is a great makeover. Loved how you designed it. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog hop!

    • April 29, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Thank you for stopping by!

  3. May 4, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    What a lovely combination of colors and textures, Tarah! You must be so pleased with how it turned out. Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm 🙂

  4. July 13, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    It looks amazing! I have to do this with my lamps!

    Thanks for linking up with Welcome Home Wednesdays! Live every Wednesday at 7AM CT.

    liz @ j for joiner

  5. August 1, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Wow! what a difference! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party – and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party! If you post gets featured, a comment gets it pinned and tweeted too!

  6. August 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Huge difference and great improvement Tarah. I love the addition of the twine as I am a huge twine aficionado myself. And the lamp shade was the perfect way to top it off. Pinning and sharing.

    • August 2, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you Mary! I SO agree! Until I added the twine it was missing something 🙂 Thanks again!

  7. August 8, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    What a great makeover! Love the color you painted it 🙂

    Edye |

  8. August 8, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Paint is awesome. Good for you to see that the old lamp had potential. You have a great creative eye

  9. August 9, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Fabulous DIY I just love what you did with the lampshade. I love the navy and white theme and painting the lampstand. It looks totally different. Thanks for sharing with us at Over the Moon.

  10. August 9, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    love how it turned out love upcycling projects thanks for sharing pinning and sharing have a great week

  11. August 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    You did a fantastic job on this lamp, I LOVE the lampshade and the contrast of the navy and white looks classic.

    Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup and I hope you linked up with our Pintastic Pinterest Party too. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

  12. August 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Very nice, I love the way your lamp turned out! Thank you for sharing at party in your PJs!

  13. August 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    What a great makeover! You’d never know how it looked before. I love the addition of the twine.

    • August 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you Beverly! I’m so glad we didn’t toss it!

  14. August 30, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I love finding old lamp stands and painting them for a new look. Great job and repurposing. I love to cover shades in fabric too. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design.

    • August 30, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you Carol, I’m so glad we kept it 🙂

  15. September 3, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    From a can of paint, oh my goodness this is beautiful!

  16. September 5, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I love, love, love your lamp makeover! The paint and shade really make it look like so fresh!

  17. Jann Olson
    September 6, 2016 at 1:01 am

    You turned an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan! Gorgeous, good for you!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • September 6, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Jann, thank you so much!!

  18. September 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Tarah, It’s amazing how a little bit of paint can make such a dramatic difference. I have re-painted a few lamps in my house to go along with the new décor. I love how they turned out! Thanks for sharing with us at #SimplifyWednesdays Pinned, Shared Tweeted

    • September 7, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you Carla! And no problem with the calling my Tracey, I just updated it! Thanks again for coming by and commenting 🙂

  19. September 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Wow, this lamp went from gaudy to chic-love it!

  20. September 8, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    This is absolutely adorable! I would never have thought to update it that way. I love the color scheme. I am a BIG fan of navy and white! Thanks for sharing this at the #happynowlinkup

    • September 9, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you Jen!! I went off on a little bit of a wing and a prayer, I think the twine was what really made it!

  21. September 9, 2016 at 4:11 am

    What a gorgeous makeover! The lamp shade is just beautiful, and the twine really does finish it off perfectly!

    • September 9, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Thank you Leslie, yup I think the twine was the cherry on the top! I like how it kinda turned out nautical 🙂

  22. September 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    SO cute!! I love how this turned out!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  23. September 11, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Great makeover! Love the shade! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!


  24. September 14, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Quite frankly I also liked the gaudy gold lamp especially the glass part. 😛 Anyway a great makeover.

  25. September 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    You have transformed this lamp into something quite lovely. It doesn’t look a bit like it did before. Great job.

  26. September 16, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Super transformation! Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays 🙂

  27. September 17, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I love the transformation to this piece. You really brought it to this century and gave it a personality. Looks amazing!

  28. September 29, 2016 at 3:01 am

    I love this. I am going to be searching for lamps to makeover now 🙂 THanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week!

  29. October 6, 2016 at 1:06 am

    What a difference! The lamp looks terrific. I really like the touch with twine. Pinned

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