DIY Modern Table Lamps with Paint and Twine

INSIDE: How to refurbish thrift store mid-century modern table lamps with paint and twine.

My husband has a problem. He is “addicted” to a Mid-Century Modern For Sale group on Facebook. I can’t tell you how many times he has tagged me on an item he thinks we should consider purchasing.

Ten dollars later, this is how we wound up with two retro-inspired table lamps sitting in my foyer. And those lamps sat there for at least two weeks, as I walked by multiple times per day, trying to figure out what to do with them.


Apparently, my first attempt at updating them was a Big Time fail. Or as my husband called them “clown lamps”. Can’t win them all but here’s how we compromised with DIY Round Two…
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Like I mentioned, this is a DIY home project that unwittingly had two parts. Here’s how we started:

I was super excited when I pulled out a variety of colors and painstakingly spent the better part of a day adding colorful details. And then my husband came home and gasped at what he defined as “clown lamps”. Ugh.
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On to Round Two of the saga of the $10 lamps.

Supplies:
– Spray Paint (paint + primer)
– Lamp Shade
– Craft Twine
– Craft Scissors

After taking apart the lamps, pulling out the wire (yikes!), my husband was kind enough to spray paint these “clown lamps” a more calming color combination. Once it was dry and put back together, I updated the lamp shades.

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Using some craft twine, I  cut a super long piece. I began to wrap it around the bottom half of the lamp shade.
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I then made a small knot in the twine at the very back of the lamp shade, where it wouldn’t be noticed.
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And here are our $10 retro-y mid-century modern table lamps that underwent a couple wild transformations!
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Off to check my Facebook notifications for what my husband has just tagged me on! 😉

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20 thoughts on “DIY Modern Table Lamps with Paint and Twine

  1. Maureen says:

    I am glad I am not the only one who needs a take two on some projects!! I love the red and black base, and the pop of colour on the shade is a nice touch!!

  2. Ali B says:

    It’s good to know that I’m not the only one that sometimes has to do a second try when updating items. The lamps look really nice now. I love the colored twine on the lampshade!

  3. Shirley Wood says:

    Living in Georgia, those lamps would go great in a game room of a Georgia Bulldog fan. I know the feeling of putting a lot of effort into something and then your hubby isn’t seeing the same creative idea 😉 Great makeover of the makeover.

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Thanks Chelsea! I think the twine (and a fresh coat of paint) helped the whole “situation”!

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