Do You Have An Old Lampshade Like This? You Won’t Believe What You Can Do To It (watch!)

Listen, I have so many plans for this lamp’s glass body (gorgeous home decor)! I am going to try and remove it from the shade and maybe put some designs on the inside of it.

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How gorgeous and simple is the body of this lamp? | gorgeous home decor.

I needed a new lampshade in the hallway and I really didn’t want to come out of pocket for a new one,

and I opted to save an old one by giving it a do-over. So, I went to a thrift store (find home decorating ideas) that was about two blocks up the street and perused for what felt like eternity (they had so many things in there!) until I saw the lampshade that would be mine just sitting on a shelf almost hidden by a giant box of paper plates. I asked the manager of the store to help me get it down and I jokingly asked for some home design tips to make it not so much of an eyesore, he said, you can have it for a dollar if it doesn’t disintegrate when I bring it down because it’s been there forever. I replied that I had some simple home decor ideas in mind for it and I would be glad to have it for a buck.

Honestly, I thought I would have to at least spend about 15 dollars for a lampshade ALONE, but I scored a whole lamp for 1 dollar…hello! Can anyone say deal of the century? I bought a roll of rope (2 dollars) that was also at the thrift shop since I felt like I wanted to wrap the lampshade and tear off the accordion pleats that presently surrounded it and make it look like those upscale lamps that I see in my rustic home decor catalogs.

So, I get home with my prize and start the breakdown process, I carefully cut the old shade off and like the manager suggested the dry rot was very prevalent under the shade, but that I could fix with some sturdy cloth that was the same color of the lamp. I also tried removing the glass base from the shade, but it was attached quite firmly, and I felt that if I tried to remove it I might ruin the whole thing altogether, so the glass body stays untouched. With a damp cloth, I gently wiped away the dust and the dirt from the entire lamp and I begin my repairs on the holes which weren’t too bad once I got started. This was definitely one of my more creative home designs and all I could do was hope for the best. So now it was time to get my rope situated around the shade and I brought out in addition to my glue, some silver hair clips to keep the rope in place while I continuously looped the rope over the glue. I did this in small parts because to do it in larger spaces meant it could create more issues and it just wasn’t worth the stress, I recommend that when you are gluing your rope on to the lampshade use a thick glue, since the one I started with was too thin and the rope kept slipping off. Now that the roping was all completed, I began to sand the very base of the lamp (the picture shows how it looked before the paint job), I had some pinkish colored metallic paint that I wanted to use to finish the look of the lamp. This part was little annoying because I had to put at least 5 coats of paint on it to get a decent cover up, but I got it done and after all the work, my lamp looked like it could cost a million dollars! (smile)


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