Ugly lamp makeover!

Many people would say this was one ugly lamp before I started but I honestly can’t bring myself to agree with that, I like anything that’s solid wood and I know it took a long time to make! We happen to have a neighbor that’s a good friend of ours that took up making lamp bases in his garage in the winter time. The majority of his lamps are every inch of cool that you can think of, coming out in every shape and form imaginable, creatively using the “imperfections” in wood grain to create truly one of a kind pieces. He decided we needed a new lamp and showed me a few leaving me at a total loss, how do you pick? Then he held this one unhappily up and I knew it belonged with us. He wasn’t happy with the stain and called it the “color of poo” so I brought it home! Joe said nothing but I could see him thinking, Of all the gorgeous lamps to choose from, you picked that one?

Taking a solid wood lamp base that was stained the color of poo , white washing it and giving it a brand new shade for a makeover!

It really wasn’t that bad it was just a combination of the type of wood and the dark stain and boom, it was one big baseball bat of brown. I knew I could sand it down and try staining it something else but the lack of definition in the wood (you can see the one knot at the bottom) would mean that no matter what stain I chose it would be one basic solid block of color no matter what. I went back and forth with the idea of spray painting it something metallic or just painting it white. Then, I grabbed a roll of tape and started playing with different stripe ideas. The first attempt: I was just going to do horizontal stripes running around it but getting them anything resembling straight seemed impossible and I didn’t like it anyway. Then I tried a spiral and Joe and I agreed that we didn’t need a barber’s pole in our living room. Then I did vertical stripes with the tape and thought, this might work.

Taking a solid wood lamp base that was stained the color of poo , white washing it and giving it a brand new shade for a makeover!

Of course, I put several coats of poly over the tape so it would come off clean and the paint wouldn’t bleed beneath it. After a couple of coats of paint I took the tape off and really looked at it. And I hated it. The dark brown by the stark white was just too much. So, I did a dry brush with white paint over the remaining lamp base that had not been painted.

Taking a solid wood lamp base that was stained the color of poo , white washing it and giving it a brand new shade for a makeover!

It is certainly not an ugly lamp any more! You can still see the big vertical stripes but they are subtle and the rustic, hard-core, dark brown, hunk of wood “quality” of this ugly lamp got toned down quite a bit. I headed to walmart and found this shade for $14 and thought that the delicate girliness of it would pair well with the still rustic feeling of the base. All in, we’re quite happy with how it turned out.

Taking a solid wood lamp base that was stained the color of poo , white washing it and giving it a brand new shade for a makeover!

You guys know me so well at this point that I know you’re wondering if it killed me to paint solid wood (even if it was what someone else might call an ugly lamp) and the answer is: Yes, and no 🙂 I hate painting solid wood like that but honestly I really didn’t see any way around it. It was just too hard core for our little farm house. At some point I may attempt some horizontal stripes again but, this time, I think I’ll do it with twine as opposed to paint. We’ll see!

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  1. April 25, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    You visited my website this morning and pinned my lamp. I always love a good lamp transformation so I had to check out all your lamp pins and this one was my favorite. (I didn’t know it was yours at the time) So I’m pinning you back onto my lighting board.

    • April 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Joan, thank you very much!

  2. June 14, 2016 at 4:05 am

    I love what you did! And you are too funny with how you described it all! That shade was the perfect final touch! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

    • June 14, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Kathleen thank you! Yup I think that pretty more girly shade really helped that lamp out!

  3. August 23, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I am one for a good lamp makeover and this is great.
    I once bought a lamp for five dollars at Goodwill and renovated it, like you.
    It is sitting here on the desk as I write this comment.

    • August 23, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Kari, very cool and thank you for stopping by!

  4. September 1, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Wow!! What a transformation!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party

  5. September 5, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    A perfect make over. I would like to invite you to link up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week. Sunday-Wednesday. Check us out

    • September 6, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Charlene, thank you, I’ll be there!

  6. September 7, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Tarah you were able to save the poo lamp and give it a pretty rustic feel. I love your solution, it has texture and interest to it.

  7. Jann Olson
    September 18, 2016 at 3:20 am

    You are fabulous at coming up with solutions and making things over! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  8. September 21, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I love how this looks like old barn wood now!! very pretty! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday! Pinned!

  9. September 21, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    This is just too cute!

    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!

  10. September 22, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I love how your lamp turned out. I know how you feel with covering up wood but I always figure I can sand it off again if I really want too. Funny I came across your post on Monday Mish Mash just when I was thinking of painting a ceramic lamp I have. It’s a dark greenish blue and I thought I loved the color but it doesn’t fit the room. I’ll put it on Monday Mish Mash when I do it. Your lamp looks great!

    • September 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Patty, thank you! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with your lamp!

  11. September 22, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I dub you the official lamp genie, Tarah … lol you have done so many terrific things with an ugly lamps … it just goes to show you what a little creativity can do! xo

    • September 22, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Carla, lol, thank you very much!

  12. September 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I actually really like the tone-on-tone white of the lamp. I know it can be hard to choose to paint wood, but sometimes it really does make a big difference. Thanks for joining us at the #happynowlinkup!

    • September 23, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Leslie, thank you so much for coming by 🙂

  13. September 28, 2016 at 1:31 am

    I love this look! The lamp looks great. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  14. October 6, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Awesome lamp upcycle! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight.Shared

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