Don’t toss that ceramic lamp! Instead, give your old lamp a whimsical new look with an easy lamp makeover.
When I saw the old white lamp in the basement during a cleaning binge, I nearly donated it. The lamp had clearly seen better days, sitting there forgotten with a few chips and discoloration. It used to light the children’s nursery, but was replaced with cuter lamps when my son and daughter got their own rooms. Fortunately, I am terrible at throwing things out so it was relocated to the basement.
At first, I was begrudgingly going to put a new lampshade on it and call it done. But my office is a sanctuary for my work, and the lamp really wasn’t a good fit as is. But late one night, while making plans for projects I wanted to do, I was struck with an epiphany: I could totally rehab that lamp with some paint and the packages of Mod Podge and glitter I have stashed away from other projects. It could be a total shiny masterpiece. The next day, as I was spray painting our old mailbox to remove all signs of graffiti (thank you local high schoolers circa five years ago), I decided to spray painting the lamp black would be a perfect first step.
Here’s how I gave this old lamp a whimsical new look with an easily (seriously — if I can do this, anyone can) lamp makeover.
This old lamp was fine the way it was — minus a few impections from getting knocked over from time to time by the kids. But I wanted something a little whimsical and edgy for my office.
I started by taping off all the areas that I wanted to remain white — the power cord and light socket, namely. Then I spray painted the lamp black — two coats ensured that I got every nook and crevice.
Next, came the glitter. Using Mod Podge paste, I first applied glue with a foam brush and then sprinkled a very thick coating of metallic blue glitter on the base and drizzled spots on the body of the lamp. Once it was dry, I gently brushed off the excess glitter.
Now, the lamp was glittery but matte, so I applied three coats of Mod Podge Super High Gloss Spray which both set the glitter and gave the lamp an awesome shine all over.
Finally, I used my hot glue gun to apply ribbon detail to the lamp, finishing it off.
Yes, it’s a little silly, but I love the fun lamp that now sits on my desk.
What you need for this lamp makeover:
- Old ceramic lamp
- Painters tape
- Black matte spray paint
- ModPodge glue
- ModPodge Super High Gloss spray
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Lamp shade
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.