Burlap Covered Lampshade and Updated Lamp

So, I have concluded two things after finishing this project. One~spray adhesive and burlap do not go well together...you get wooly mammoth hands.
Two~Next lamp shade I redo is not going to be round, its half near impossible to wrap thick ribbon on the inside of it.

So, on to my project...
Yay! I.Found.A.Lamp!!! (oh, did I already give that away?). Finally!
Its been like forever in the making, but finally, here's my lamp redo :)

So, here was how it started out.
Nice, beautiful, $8, and very seventies....oh and totally not my style.

So, the base got the scrub down, the sanding, and the spraypaint.
The shade got beautified.
The nasty outdated seventies shade got ripped off.

I used the outer layer of the shade as my stencil on the burlap that was going to replace it.

Next, I used some spray adhesive to attach to the burlap.(ugh...worst thing ever...aka. wooly mammoth hands...not.fun,not.fun.at.all)

Finished off the edge with some jute, wrapped some ribbon around it and attached a few embellishments.

As for the base ~painted it white, although I'm still not sure if I should distress it or not. But after putting the shade on the base, I knew it definitely needed something else, I mean...this thing was soooo ugly not even a fresh coat of paint could really help it.
So, I decided to girl it up :)

I attached a cute little ribbon and a pertiful flower.

Although the hubs may disagree (he still hates the thing), I loooove it :)

And it has found a nice little place in our living room.....permanently (sorry babe)

And guess what! The light actually works :) woohoo!

So, I need to still clean up the inside a little bit if I choose to actually keep this on....but still, the darn thing works! Yay!

So after my million years months of searching for a decent, cute, and cheap lamp. I found one :) And it turned out beautifully.

Happy Creating!

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  1. Maybe you should show hubby the before and afters and see if he still doesn't like it! : ) I love the touch of the flower and ribbon you added.

  2. I love your lamp. I've been scared to tackle lamps I have that so need to be tackled, but your post might have just inspired me. And for sure I'm making a tray from a picture frame -- that is such a great idea!

    Had to laugh ... my SIL says fanfreakintastic all the time, and it has become part of our everyday vocabulary. It is totally a word, just like fanfreakinfabulous. :-)

  3. What a great lamp makeover!! :) Love the cute little tassel you added, and it looks much better in white! Visiting from Kimba's party. Hope you'll stop by. :)

  4. Amazing transformation! I love how it came out- my Mom has several wood lamps floating around her house, maybe she'll give me one? :)

  5. Looks great! I just bought some burlap to cover a lamp shade for my daughters room. I hope mine comes out as good as yours did.

  6. I think it looks great! Sucks that the spray adhesive wasn't very neat...because I really love the look!!

  7. I love how your lamp turned out. Gorgeous.

  8. I ♥ this lamp! lol too cute you said"woolly mammoth hands" lol

  9. Ok, what a transformation!! Seriously it's amazing what a little paint can do! I love the girly touch you added with the flower & ribbon, it's simply adorable!

  10. Oh wow!! What a stunning transformation.

  11. What's not to love?!? Great re-do!

  12. Great redo! You are very creative indeed. How disappointing when the dh doesn't like it as much as you, though. Oh well, that is why we take care of the house and they don't! Love it! lol Joining you from Reinvented.

  13. I love it! Especially that sweet little flower. I think I now have to redo my lamp shades. What fun!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I too am glad to know the sticky burlapy fingers happen to others.


happy DIYing! Alicia