$3 Lamp and Lamp Shade Makeover

This past weekend I decided to work on a small project for the guest room that was sooo easy to do.

Here’s a peek at my lamp shade makeover. Can you guess what I used?

Lamp and Lamp Shade Makeover

Here’s what the lamp looked like before. I found it at a thrift store a few years ago for $2.

Lamp and Lamp Shade Makeover

I taped off the light switch pulls because I wanted to keep the brass, and simply taped across the front of the sockets so no paint would get inside.

Lamp and Lamp Shade Makeover

The gold parts are metal, and the green and white areas are plastic. I spray painted the entire thing with a lovely white for metal and plastic.  It looked sooo much better already.

Lamp and Lamp Shade Makeover

The dark green fabric and trim came off very easily.

Lamp and Lamp Shade Makeover

So here’s what I used for the lamp shade cover… a pretty green knitted-in-the-round $1 thrifted scarf. I have a small collection of these fabulous stretchy scarves, which I don’t buy to wear around my neck, and I’ve used them in various colours in several past projects.

I fit it over the shade and cut it off around the top. It couldn’t have been easier!

Lamp and Lamp Shade Makeover

The scarf hugs the shade very nicely and just sits softly over the top.  I didn’t paint the inside of the shade because the pale yellow gives it a nice glow when either one or both lights are on.

Lamp and Lamp Shade Makeover

So here’s the before again.

Lamp and Lamp Shade Makeover

And the after. I really love the brass dangle light switch pulls. They have a lovely patina, and remind me of earrings.

Lamp and Lamp Shade Makeover

It always amazes me at what a difference a little spray paint can make.

This was such an easy lamp and lamp shade makeover.

I didn’t adhere the scarf to the shade in any way because I like the fact that it can be easily changed whenever I want. The colours in this room are blue, green, and white… with hits of yellow here and there, so I can use scarves in any of those colours to replace this one. I already have a white one, and I’ll be on the lookout for yellow and blue. It’s fun to change things up every once in a while.

I have something in mind to bling up the lamp shade a bit, but I haven’t found it yet. Hopefully, I’ll have it by room reveal time. Wish me luck!

Thanks so much for reading! Have a great week!


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  1. Now the weather has improved in the Uk I am itching to get my paints out and get on with all my diy jobs. Need to get some spray paints – so quick and easy!

  2. Do we win a prize or something for guessing correctly?
    What a great idea Tuula !!!
    And what a score with the lamp – 2 dollars – love the 2 chain pulls – soooo pretty!

  3. Ingenious! How creative! I thought it was fringe trim that I pay $2.99 for a small package! GW has the scarves all the time in every color! Thanks for the tip!

    Have a great week!
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  4. So much better now! It really is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. The scarf was a perfect choice and those pulls really do look like earrings. Great job.

  5. What a fun makeover! I have some lamps and shades that need some desperate help. Thank you for coming by and sharing this on Fluster Buster's Creative Muster Party.

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