On October 31st we entered our 3rd year in our home. But since we moved in, the only place I’ve neglected is our guest bedroom. Thanks to Greg and his woodworking skills (a little brag about my hubby was in order, as he really did an awesome job!), the room has a beautiful, rustic, queen-size guest bed, which I topped with really cute bedding. But unlike the rest of our home, our guest bedroom still doesn’t have that homely feel – it’s just not welcoming or warm enough. With the holidays approaching, we decided to give that project a start and step-by-step turn our guest room into an inviting place a guest would feel welcome.
With that plan in mind, I went shopping in our basement. Whaatt? Shopping in a basement for a guest bedroom redo?? Well I have to say, no one should underestimate our basement! It is like a small-scale department store, with all sorts of junk waiting to have a makeover or get up-cycled, like the old lamp I found hidden behind a stack of broken chairs. Although the lamp was outdated and the shade was ripped on one side, I thought trying a little makeover couldn’t make it worse. So I grabbed it and got to work.
First I thought I should paint the main body, but then I decided that wasn’t a good idea, since I didn’t know how to repair the ripped shade. After going back and forth between ideas, I ended up somewhere in between rustic and industrial.
With the help of my hot glue gun, I started wrapping lamp’s main body with Manila Rope. This was a pretty quick process. It took less than an hour to complete it.
As my plan was to add a bit of an industrial look, I took the lamp apart…
…and spray-painted all the metal parts with Rust-Oleum Flat Black. Painting added that little touch I wanted. Then I let the paint dry and cure for 2-3 days.
Meanwhile, I started searching for some ideas for the shade and also searched for affordable Edison Bulbs… and this is where everything started to get really exciting.
While I couldn’t find any spectacular inspiration for the shade makeover, I was lucky to come across The Painted Hive’s post about Parrot Uncle – an online lighting retailer. Oh boy, do they have a cool and affordable line of lighting fixtures! As I lost myself in Parrot Uncle’s online store and drooled over their industrial-style lighting fixtures, I found a good deal on Edison Bulbs. And when I say a good deal, I mean really good deal: $1.99 + shipping for Edison Bulbs! I definitely wasn’t going to pass on that one! But then something even better happened: Parrot Uncle decided to sponsor this post, so they sent me the Edison Bulb to use for my ‘old lamp’ revamp. One lucky girl I am!
Having the bulb ready (thanks to Parrot Uncle!), I got on with putting the lamp together. The moment I lit the lamp I knew what I was going to do with the shade. I immediately tore all the fabric off the shade and spray-painted the frame black.
When the painted naked frame was ready to use, I grabbed the Dollar Store waste basket that I got for my crafts room a year ago. First I placed the waste basket on the shade holder then the naked black frame over it, and voila!
I am so happy with the new look of the ‘old’ lamp.
Here is a close up picture of the beautiful Edison Bulb.
As we are currently painting the guest bedroom, I didn’t want to take any pictures in the room. But I know it is going to look fantastic when I place it right next to the rustic bed that Greg built.
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