Are you anything like me and have a bunch of this around the house?
And by this, I don’t mean a counter full of groceries waiting to be put away. I can’t really decorate, blog, and work around the house, can I??? Something must suffer.
Well, I do have a lot of this. Lamps that I find on clearance, don’t really have a place for, but just can’t leave on the shelf.
Lucky for me, I have a classroom (a really big classroom) that was just begging for some feminine lamp love. How about these?
Are you noticing a pattern to these at all? I’ll tell you. Bright colors. I’m a neutral girl, remember? Being in my classroom allows for me to decorate “out of the box” so to speak. Plus, the color makes me smile when I’m grading my 3,426th paper.
Just in case you’re wondering what one of my all-time favorite decorating tips is (and I’m sure you’ve been wondering that for a long time), it’s changing out a lamp. Think I’m joking?
None of these lamps came out of the store looking like this.
A little extra cording here, a little splash of paint there…
And, of course, the ol’ fabric on the lampshade trick is my favorite.
That’s just a sampling! Seriously…I have more. Well, I hope you enjoyed the little tour! I’ll come back later to show you what the lamps look like in their new home.
Let it Shine says
Those are so stinking cute. Love the funky and colorful shades. And the turquiose lamp is precious!!
That turquiose lamp is freakin' fabulous!
mrs parker says
OMG those are amazing and adorable. You're so crafty!!! Can't wait to see what they look like "at work"!!!
Now those are some cuuuute lamps. And I do have a few of them just hanging around. Care to share you how-tos?
Please show me how! I love the bright color lamps. I want a cute one to go in my new crafting space.
Seriously, we need to know your lamp shade make it prettier techniques! Please, do tell!
I love the lamps with the polka dot shades!!
So cute! I love finding lamp shades on clearance, because then they're BEGGING for some fresh love!
Country Dreaming says
Love them all. The ones for your classroom will work well. Can't wait to see them in their new home!
I love the fun, bright colors. How do you attach the fabric to the lamp shade?
I love photo #4. Adorable.
The Little Red Shop says
You know, I do…I have lamps waiting to be re-wired, painted re-shaded, re-worked..all over my house, storage, shed,…um…carriage house… hee hee.
Those cheerful lamps for your classroom are really cute!
Mandi @ Finding Home says
Lamp love baby! I recently have been recovering some of my fugly lamp shades. It really makes a difference! I haven't yet ventured into patterend fabric…but seeing your results…especially the little green and white floral shade, has me wanting to take the plunge. Is that a run on sentence?
Mom's Place says
You are so creative! Those are way cute!!!!!!
*Hubby is saying (dad of 4 girls) "Ewwwwww….girly"! LOL
I have just begun my love affair with lamps. I don't know why I never thought of it before. I just put one in my dining room and I every time I look at it, I smile. I love all of the lamp shades you've done. So cute!
Jodee Leader says
Those lamps are fabulous! I especially love the fun bright fabric for your classroom!
Cereal In My Stiletto says
ooh, love these! I am feeling inspired as I stare at my white lampshade. 🙂 Yes, I agree, what's your how-to??
Gorgeous 🙂 And I think you have your priorities right! House work is always there the next day!
HOw cute are you and your lamp remakes!
~ Kelly Ann ♥ says
So darn cute-
Sherri S says
I LOVE them! Now just how do you put the fabric on there and get them looking so FABULOUS? I bet it makes your students smile too!
Lacie @ Creative Attempts says
I was looking for a perfect lamp today and i think i found it that blue round one will be perfect…oh wait it's not for sale?? jj these are great
So, so cute!!
Melody B. says
Yes, please share your wealth of talent with us…HOW do you recover the lamps? SO CUTE!
The colors are happy! Was the shade that has the concave curves harder to redo?
Yummy…. not the food; but the lamps! Bright and spunky. Love it. Let us know how you did it. Kudos!
Beth@The Stories of A to Z says
Yay for color! Love it. I'm so glad you're going to show us what they look like in their new home.
Caro's Thrifty Adventures says
WOW!!!! ALL your lamps are jaw-dropping beautiful!!!
I love the pattern on the ones you just transformed!
First off, I love ALL of your lamps!
But I would really love to know where you got that green houndstooth (is that how it's spelled?) fabric??? That would be perfect for a project I'll be doing soon!!! If you could shoot me a quick email I would be your new BFF!
I ♥ all of your lamps! Especially the new ones for your class. They are so cute!!!
Ok, I am ready for the "how to" cover a lampshade. Share with us!!!
Love the pops of color, cant wait to see them in your classroom. Care to share your tips on covering a lamp shade.
Farmgirl Paints says
LOVE THEM! Can you share a tutorial on how you did that??
Bonny Day says
Hey! I love your blog! It's one of my favorites, You have the cutest Ideas! Anyways, I was wondering, how does the whole giveaway thing work? I just started out a few months ago, selling my bows, and its pretty popular locally, but I want to get my name out there! Sorry to leave this on a comment,but I couldn't find your Contact info!
Wow, they are all really amazing, such talent! 🙂 x
Rachel and Jacob says
I love this blue lamp! I also noticed that you had a frame in the same color in a post below, what kind of paint did you use for them?
They look great! I have a lamp that I'm revamping right now, too. Thanks for the inspiration…again! 🙂
I love the green houndstooth fabric on one of the lamps. So chic!
What kind of paint did you use on the turquiose lamp base? Did you use primer? I have been looking for a lamp to makeover but wasn't sure what paint to use on a shiny surface. You should do a lamp makeover tutorial!
Totally inspirational! We need a "how to" though! I'm afraid mine would be dripping with glue gunk all crooked!
Oh my gosh I just LOVE that turquoise lamp! And if you get a chance I would love to know where that awesome fabric is from. I want me some!!
Lindsey @ Better After says
That is so funny, your first pictures… Yeah, my entire house is a disaster right now. I can't seem to make myself clean anything. Love all your lamps. Do you have a tutorial on how to make fabric lampshades? I've tried with ribbon once and just embarassed myself.
Hillcrest Acres says
Love the shades!!!
Lil' Woman says
Love all the lampshades..esp. the bright colorful ones! 🙂
Wow, I suddenly realized that I have not appreciated lamps as much as I should! Love them!
Kimm at Reinvented says
Oh my, I SOOOO love what you did with those lamps! That blue is fabulous and I heart the fabric on the shades!
They look fabulous! I love the first two shades & that blue one is my fave!
Lettered Cottage says
Chris- those lamps look great!
I have one in the Reading Room I need to do something with. Is it easy to wrap the fabric around it and make it look smooth?
You don't really have to answer me, I know you're up to your eyeballs in papers that need grading. It just felt It just felt good to ask that question out loud. It forced me to start thinking about the answer and inspired me to get that bad boy done once and for all!
I cant get enough of your blog. I want to curl up inside of it and never come out! Your ideas are fantastic! Keep em' coming!