Simple Lamp Makeover using Metallic Spray Paint and Jute Twine

Today I decided to update an old lamp my parents gave me in the '80's when I purchased my very first bedroom set. Back then brass lamps were the rage and so my parents gifted me this lamp for my new bedroom nightstand.

Well as the years flew by and trends changed, my little lamp ended up being a pretty permanent fixture in the attic. Then the other day I was going through the attic to pull out my Halloween decorations and I stumbled upon this long forgotten lamp. 

Now I knew I was going to need another lamp for my living room sofa table, so I brought it down and placed it next to the pretty mercury glass and jute lamp already in the living room...and it was a perfect size to balance out the other table!

Below is a pic of the lamp already in the living room.

So I taped up the anything that wasn't brass and sprayed on a fresh coat of Valspars' metallic silver.

Next I added some jute to the white part of the base by spraying it with adhesive and then simply wrapping the jute onto the lamp. I also added a cute tassel to the neck of the lamp.

The lampshade was a simple score from Walmart...the cost was somewhere around $10 - $12.

Now I have the perfect compliment to my other table lamp! Thank goodness I didn't go out and buy another lamp...I think Mr. Rosemary Lane would have clocked me over the head with it!

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  1. It's great to updo an unused item from our home. It looks so new and pretty now. It really matches/compliments your other lamp too. Amazing how easy it is to make something old new again. So wish I could do the updo to myself!

  2. How fun is this. I love the jute trim and the tassels. Great makeover.

  3. Lamps are my weakness...I already have a silver one down in the basement just need some twine! Yours is beautiful and you have me wanting to make one!

  4. Love it! The lamp looks beautiful!

  5. How clever! I love the new fresh look.

  6. Wow, Barbara. Just Perfect!!! I've told you before how much I like the original lamp and thought you had made it. This is the perfect compliment to it.Do you just spray on the adhesive and do you have to keep doing it until it's all covered? I have only used Tacky glue and put a very little at a time and boy, that is a mess. It looks good after it has dried but during the application it is a sloppy mess and seems like it would take a lot longer than the way you did it.??..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  7. Great job, Barbara! We did something similar with a couple of brass lamps that we found in storage, while renovating my childhood home for our girls. I think I used mirror glass paint to give them a mercury glass look. We found a couple of burlap shades at Lowes and created our Pottery Barn knockoffs!

  8. Barbara, it is just perfect now! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at The Round-Up from the Before and After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House! Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/10/the-round-up-from-before-after-wednesday_29.html Hope to see you tonight at the Before & After bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. I love your lamp makeover, so pretty!


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