5 Minute DIY Spray Painted Planter

DIY Spray Painted Succulent Planter | Revamperate DIY Spray Painted Succulent Planter | RevamperateIf you’ve read the blog before, you know the plants and I don’t normally get along, but I have managed to keep my succulents alive for quite a while now, which has a lot to do with keeping them away from the cats. I learned early on that Oliver liked succulents a little too much, and they were quickly torn apart if left on a low table. Even the ones on my windowsill are not entirely safe from the cats (nothing is safe!), but they’ve been doing pretty well regardless.

A couple months ago, I shared the basics for how to make a terrarium. After I made that post, I thought I’d take a second to share the 5 minutes it took to make my spray painted planter with the teal bottom. First of all, that funky little square vase cost me $3 at Michaels and I already had leftover Montana Cans spray paint from my triangle painted vase project. Win, win. I love cheap projects!  

DIY Spray Painted Succulent Planter | RevamperateTime: 5 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Clear shallow vase 
  • Bright color spray paint 
  • Trash bag or newspaper
  • Masking tape

I taped down a cut up trash bag as my base for spray painting. My neighbors must hate me for spray painting in the complex…especially when I leave marks on the pavement outside my door…There may or may not be some yellow and teal paint on the ground outside my door still. Oops…I swear it does wash away after a while though. But learn from my mistakes – always put down an extra large base when painting even small items. Spray paint travels more than you think it does! 

Wash the vase and remove any stickers. Place face down in the middle of the base and lightly spray the bottom of the glass. For something as shallow at this vase, I had to be careful not to spray too much, otherwise it wouldn’t give me the look I wanted. Since I was going for color that only sprayed about halfway up, I kept the spray paint can up high and did not spray the sides at all. Instead, I sprayed the bottom of the vase and let the paint splatter travel up the sides on its own. 

Let dry and come back later to make any necessary touch-ups. Then fill it up! 

Add your rocks, sand, soil and plants and top it off with additional rocks or other materials to finish it, and now you’ll have a cute terrarium with a bright painted bottom! Display in your home or give it away for a thoughtful gift. Mine has a perfect spot in my office, and the color matches perfectly with the brackets of our new shelves. Happy crafting! 

DIY Embroidered Copper Desk Accessories

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Copper is my new favorite fad. I’ve slowly been painting everything I own copper with no plans to stop any time soon. Copper everything! That’s my motto right now. Case in point, I shared my copper vanity chair makeover last week. Naturally, I had to bring some of that copper love into my home office, which is basically a catchall for every random thing in our apartment.

Apartment living is hard when you’re a packrat, and our cluttered office is a huge point of contention for me. No matter how much I clean and organize it, it never actually feels clean and organized. Nonetheless, I continue to try and hide as much junk in the closet as I can, and I purge from time to time to reduce clutter, but it doesn’t change the purpose of the room – a dumping ground. Plus, it’s the only room truly safe from the cat since we almost always have the door closed. I have big plans for that office, but big plans take big money…

So let’s start small! Little pieces, like these embroidered copper desk accessories, are a great way to begin the makeover with little cost. These mesh accessories are very cheap (most of them are available at the Dollar Store!) and easy to brighten up with a little spray paint. Plus, the embroidery adds a fun colorful element with my favorite DIY flare. While the embroidery will take you some time and effort, it’s easy to do while you sit back and watch TV or something. I went for a chevron print and did a funky back and forth type of stitch through the mesh to make it look fuller.

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Time: 45 minutes + dry time

Supplies:

  • Wire mesh desk accessories
  • Copper spray paint
  • Embroidery thread (at least two colors)
  • Needle

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First, spray paint one coat of copper paint on the wire mesh, let dry and spray again. Let dry completely before beginning the next step.

Thread your needle and, starting at the back of the accessory, tie a knot through the mesh where you want to start your pattern – a pencil cup, for example. Thread the needle through every other piece of wire for about five stitches at a diagonal, thread it back down and back up again. This creates a thicker stitch and is the beginning of your chevron pattern. Without the thicker stitch, it’s hard to distinguish the pattern. Tip: you can use use yarn for a thicker look but I preferred the feeling of the embroidery thread.

At this point you should be at the top, so repeat the same process down at the opposite diagonal. Continue all the way around the cup, keeping a close eye on your pattern so your lines come out even. When you reach the end (where you began), tie another knot. The pattern may not match up perfectly where you started and that’s ok. Just tie the knots and make that the back of your accessory.

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If you run out of thread at any point, tie two pieces together and continue the pattern. Most likely, you can hide the knots on the inside of the cup so that it’s out of sight. After you finish the first color, use another color of thread to repeat the pattern below the original. Repeat with as many colors as you want!

Once done, trim any loose threads to disguise the knots and fill ’em up! With so many types of mesh accessories available, you can do this with anything. Fill with your fun copper office supplies and display on your desk. Happy crafting!

DIY Thrifted Vanity Chair Makeover

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One major downside to living in an apartment is the space. It kills me every day not to have a backyard for spray painting and a giant kitchen for baking and a large room dedicated to my craft supplies. I dream of having that one day, but for now I make do with a lovely two bedroom apartment that really is a steal for the area I live in. Nonetheless, it makes it difficult to pursue my new hobby – furniture makeovers.

Every time my mom and sister come to town from San Diego, we go to a swap meet in Huntington Beach. If you live in the LA/OC area, I highly recommend the swap meet at Goldenwest College every Saturday and Sunday. It’s like a giant garage sale that always has new stuff. You know the expression “everything and the kitchen sink?” I’ve literally seen the kitchen sink for sale there, among anything else you can possibly imagine. It’s my favorite place to find things like this darling thrifed vanity chair for only $8. I couldn’t believe it. Had to have it.

A while back, I performed one of these makeovers on a much more hopeless case – these vintage dining room chairs. They came out so well that I was really excited to perform some spray painting and upholstery magic on this chair. This one was in much better condition than the dining chairs, so fixing it up was a piece of cake, and here’s how I did it.

Time: 2 hours (including dry time)

Supplies:

  • One can of spray paint (copper is my fav!)
  • Sandpaper
  • 1 yard of fabric to match
  • Staple gun
  • Power drill

Here’s what it looked like when I started – a little dirty and scuffed up, screaming for some new paint.

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First, I used the drill to remove the seat from the chair frame. Save the screws!

Then I sanded down any uneven edges in the metal. For the most part, the color was worn but the metal itself was in decent condition, so the sanding was minimal. That’s a great thing about metal. Then I spray painted the chair with a light coat of copper spray paint and let it dry before spraying a second coat, making sure to coat the sides of the legs and underneath. Those are the tough to reach spaces.

While the paint dries, you can begin reupholstering the chair seat. In some cases, you need to completely remove the padding of the chair if it’s old and falling apart like my dining chairs were. Lucky for me, the chair was in very good condition so I didn’t have to remove the padding this time.

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I laid the round piece down on the backside of the new fabric (heavier fabric is better, but I chose a thin cotton fabric). Trace a 2-3 inch circle around the seat to allow space for the fabric to fold over the entire seat, and cut with fabric scissors. Lay the seat cushion top facing down onto the backside of the fabric and fold over the fabric to make sure you have room to staple. Begin stapling down the fabric every few inches around the base of the seat (closer to the edge is better), and keeping the fabric taught.

Continue stapling tightly all the way around, pleating the fabric around the edges of the seat as necessary. Because it’s round, some pleated will be necessary. Now you have a beautiful new seat cushion. When your spray paint is dry, you need to secure the seat back to the chair frame. It’s a little difficult to line up the existing holes in the bottom of the seat with the holes in the chair frame, but when you do, screw the original screws back in to place. That’s it!

Making over furniture can be pretty easy, depending on how damaged the the furniture is. From start to finish, it really didn’t take me long to fix up my thrifted vanity chair. Still figuring out the best place for this gorgeous chair, but it will find a home soon!

What’s your favorite thrifted find?

Mother’s Day DIY Triangle Painted Vases

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Today I’m celebrating moms with an easy DIY for a geometric or triangle painted vase. Fill the vase with flowers for a lovely homemade gift that the moms in your life will love. I know flowers probably seem like the most obvious and stereotypical Mother’s Day gift, but they’re also a great go-to gift when you’re not sure what to get someone. Plus, the homemade vase adds sentiment and thoughtfulness, making it a sweet gift. Homemade gifts are always a great choice!

I made triangle painted vases in three different colors, and all three came out really bright and vibrant with really clean lines after I removed the tape. Perfect for a springtime decor piece too! I’ll be keeping at least one of mine on hand to fill flowers on our table from time to time. Ok, now for the quick tutorial.

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Time: 30 minutes + dry time 

Supplies: 

  • Montana Cans spray paint
  • Tall glass vase
  • Painter’s tape
  • Flowers (duh!)

I found my vases at Michaels for only a few dollars. First, wash them with soap and warm water and dry well. Remove any stickers and residue with warm water before painting.

Tape off the triangles you want with painter’s tape all around the vase. When it comes to tape, never be cheap! The more expensive it is, the better is probably works, but I used a medium-priced brand from Lowe’s that I was very happy with. You don’t need to follow a specific pattern, but you can cut thicker tape in half if you want thinner lines between your triangles. I wanted mine to be random, so the spacing between triangles varies. Make sure every space that you do not want paint on is covered with tape. You’ll probably use A LOT of tape, and that’s totally fine. Smooth out the tape around the triangles and make sure it is secure so no paint with seep through.

Hint: you can also invert this project so that the triangles are clear and the rest is colored!

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When your tape is secure, spray a coat of paint over the openings, holding the can about one foot away while your paint. Let it dry and spray a second coat. I used Montana Cans Power Orange, Malachite and Teen Spirit for my vases, and they came out beautifully vibrant. I think the Malachite was my favorite though! Make sure to get the corners of the triangles when you paint, and don’t hold the can too close to the vase or it may drip.

Once the paint is dry after the second coat, gently peel off the tape and let the clear glass shine through. The spray paint worked really well on the glass and held up nicely to a soaping wash after I took the tape off.

Fill your geometric vase with your mom’s favorite flowers and give it to her on Mother’s Day with a nice card, and you’ve got a colorful and personal gift that will really show you care. Those are always the best gifts, I think. To all you moms out there, happy Mother’s Day!

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DIY Faux Marble Antique Tray Makeover

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Whenever my family comes to town, we have to go to the swap meet. HAVE TO. It’s a vital part of their routine when they visit OC/LA. Luckily, my aunt lives incredibly close to a giant weekly swap meet that sells literally anything you can imagine.

Last time they visited, I made two really great finds – this antique tray and a vintage vanity chair I’ll be sharing soon. It was love at first sight, as always. So today I’m sharing my marble antique tray makeover that uses a revolutionary supply. Can you guess it? Contact paper! I love the stuff, and it turned out to be the perfect way to brighten up my tray with a faux marbled look. This is what it looked like when I bought it (after I gave it a good scrub down):

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Time: 40 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Metal tray (plastic will work as well)
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Marble contact paper
  • Gold spray paint
  • Masking tape + plastic
  • Flat smoothing tool (for smoothing the paper)

First, sand down any really bad areas of the tray. It seems weird to sand metal, but it really helps in areas with little knicks in them, which were hard to notice in my tray since it looked really tarnished. The top of the tray was glass, so I taped it off, as close to the edges as possible, but I was planning to cover the top later anyway, so it wasn’t that important.

Then I spray painted two coats of gold all over the tray and let it dry completely. A nice feature of contact paper is its lines. The backside of contact paper usually has gridlines, making it easy to cut along them in straight lines. I measured the tray on the paper as best I could from the bottom, but it would still be a little bit large because of the railing all the way around the tray. Well, it’s always better to cut it too big, so I cut the full size and laid it into the tray to better determine the size I needed. Using my scissors, I carefully shaved off the edges so that it would match the antique tray’s glass.

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Once I was satisfied with the size, I peeled off one corner of the backing, stuck it down to the corner of the tray, and slowly began smoothing it out as I peeled off more of the backing. It’s easiest to do it a little bit at a time instead of peeling off the entire back of the contact paper and trying to stick it down in one go. After the paper is laid down, use something skinny and flat to smooth out any bubbles in the paper. I used a paper creaser.

When the contact paper was completely stuck down and smoothed out, the tray makeover was complete! It’s sitting on my table now with decorative little things on it, and you’d never know it was the same tray. It’s amazing what a little spray paint and marble contact paper can do.

DIY Dollar Store Pencil Cup

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It’s been a whirlwind lately. This week, I found out my company is selling to a larger competitor. Although they plan to keep our workforce and our company’s name and branding, it’s a big change. I’m not sure what to expect in the coming weeks, but I see quite a few changes in my future.

In the meantime, my desk at work still feels really bare, which bothers me since I’ve worked there almost a year. It just doesn’t feel like ME. I guess that just comes with working in one of many cubicles. Slowly, I’ve been finding ways to dress it up and personalize my desk with my DIY paint chip calendar and a cute mousepad I bought on Etsy. It’s all about the little things!

One thing I’ve been missing on my desk is a pencil cup holder, so I decided the easiest thing to do was makeover a one dollar wire cup I found with a little paint and ribbon. It’s a great one-hour project that satisfied my itch to spray paint something. Yeah, that happens sometimes!

Supplies:

  • Metal pencil cup holder (I found mine in the dollar section at Target)
  • Colorful spray paint
  • Matching ribbon

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I picked up a basic open wire pencil cup holder at Target (I also recommend checking the Dollar Store, etc.) and cleaned it up. Then I spray painted it a bright turquoise color. Once it dried, I threaded a 1/2 inch wide complementary polkadot ribbon through the holes in the cup and tied the ends into a bow, cutting the ends at an angle. Then fill it with supplies!

Easy and pie, right? Now I have a cute wire pencil cup on my desk that brightens up my cubicle and opens up some space in my drawers. I’m on the prowl for more cute office DIYs for my cubicle, so hopefully you’ll see more from me soon (that is, if I still have a job…kidding!). Enjoy!

Thrifted Copper Side Table

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There’s this great swap meet that goes on in Huntington Beach every weekend at Goldenwest College. It’s right next to my aunt’s house so when family is in town, we go pretty frequently. They literally have everything – even the kitchen sink. Heh, get it? I really did see a kitchen sink there, so I’m not even kidding. About a year ago, I was walking through the swap meet with my mom and sister when I spotted this funky glass side table that swiveled. Immediately I thought it was the coolest thing, and for only $8 I knew I had to have it. Sold!

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Here’s the before. It was sort of beat up and dirty, but I saw the potential in this little table (as I always do). Unfortunately, it sat in the corner, still scuffed up and in need of some TLC for a very long time. Finally, I got around to revamping it into a very stylish little copper side table. Not sure what drew me to the color, but I love the way the copper pops! The matte copper color against glass looks very sleek with my wood furniture and wood floor. I was so happy with how this revamp turned out, so here’s a little step-by-step on updating old metal furniture.

Supplies:

  • 1 can copper spray paint (make sure it says it works on metal)
  • Sand paper

First thing’s first – clean, clean, clean. When you buy thrifted furniture, it usually needs a good scrub before anything else. Then start sanding any scuffed areas of the metal. I know it seems strange to sand down metal, but you’ll need to in order to create a smoother surface. That is, of course, if you have scuffs on the metal.

When the surfaces are as smooth as you can get them, it’s time to start spray painting. Andrew is my spray paint helper on all these projects. He used to work in a hardware store (in the paint section, no less), so I like to enlist his help in projects like these.

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In order to paint my side table, I had to actually take it apart because of the way the top swivels (plus I had to remove the glass pieces). If I had painted it with the top and bottom pieces intact, the paint could have stuck them together and prevented it from swiveling like it was supposed to. Lay down some plastic or some protectant and go to town! Spray paint a thin coat first, let it dry a bit and spray the second. Because all of the pieces are rounded I eventually had to lay the table on its side to get an even finish all the way around. One can of spray paint took care of my table, but I used every last drop.

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After having this table sitting in my living room unfinished for so long, it felt SO good to get it prettied up. The copper really stands out in the living room and looks much more sophisticated. It’s amazing what you can do with a little sand paper and spray paint! Sometimes you just have to see things for what they could be instead of just what they are. That’s the key to a good furniture revamp.

Dining Room Chairs Makeover

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I’m the type of person who sees what something could be rather than what something is. Hence, going anywhere with me might seem frustrating because I’m constantly stopping to see the DIY potential of every little thing, including really torn up old chairs on the side of the road. Andrew rolled his eyes at me with some serious enunciation the day I asked him to pull over and put them in the back of his car. Luckily, he loves me, so we loaded these into the Escort and brought them home for a little TLC.

As you can see, they needed a lot of love:

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It’s amazing what you can do with a little spray paint and fabric – we turned these ratty old chairs into suitable dining room chairs that were such a huge improvement over my original chairs, as you can see below.

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To makeover these chairs, I used sandpaper, three cans of blue satin spray paint, quilt batting, a staple-gun, a drill and fabric. First, we used the drill to unscrew the chair seats from the frame and set them aside. I sanded down the rough areas of the wood because they were old and beat up in some areas. After painting, the little knicks and scratches become a lot more obvious, so it is important to sand the wood beforehand, but it’s also nice to see that the chairs have some character and history with their small paint-covered scratches. I took them outside for a few coats of spray paint – the satin spray paint turned out to be a good choice because glossy would have made it look a little to gaudy (for my taste).

While the frames dried, Andrew slaved away helping me pry out the staples keeping the fabric and stuffing on the chair seats. Trust me, this is the tough part, and because the chairs were so old, the padding was practically falling apart. Once they were torn apart and only pieces of wood remained, I cut pieces of fabric, leaving at least 2-3 inches around the wooden seat. When reupholstering chair seats, you want a tough fabric since it will get a lot of use, so choose something a little thicker. I also cut the quilt batting, which was of medium thickness, and I folded over to make it even thicker, to approximately the size of the seat, leaving only a little space around it.

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I laid out the fabric on a counter, then centered the batting and the wood, and I pulled the fabric and batting tightly over the sides and staple-gunned them down.

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After a lot of stapling, the seats were finished, so we screwed them back on and ta-da! I’m so happy with how they turned out! Even Oliver likes them (He likes them so much that he’s already started scratching them up)!

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Painted Bottle Cap Tray

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IMG_4421I originally saw this great idea a while back on Sweet Something Designs, and I’ve wanted to try it ever since. It was quite a few months in the making because I had to gather all of my materials and find solutions to a few problems. This included drinking enough beer to gather all of these bottle caps. I thought I was drinking a lot but apparently not enough. It took a lot longer than I expected to gather enough bottle caps, so I enlisted some help from my boyfriend’s fraternity, which sped up the process A LOT.

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Can you tell what my favorite beers are?

For my version of this project, you’ll need:

  • A tray with handles high enough to allow for bottle caps
  • Lots of bottle caps (so start drinking!)
  • Two colors of spray paint suitable for metal (I like Rust-Oleum)
  • Clear acrylic sealant spray
  • Acrylic water (I used Quick Water)
  • Disposable mixing container and stick
  • Thin piece of glass or PlexiGlass cut to size of tray

If you plan to create a design like I did, lay out your bottle caps in the tray – stagger them appropriately so that they fit somewhat tightly. Then pick out the caps that will have the first color. I created a chevron pattern. Spray paint these caps with your first color – yellow, in my case. They’ll probably need at least two coats.

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Once dry, you can lay them back down into the already planned pattern. Then pick up the remaining caps and spray paint them your second color – white, in my case. After two coats and time to dry, lay these back down into the preset pattern. The reason I think it helps to do it this way is that removing all of the caps after you’ve planned a pattern could make it difficult to perfectly replicate the pattern afterwards. Do whatever is easiest for you!

Next, you’ll have to mix the acrylic water. This is a two-part mixture that is used to create flower arrangements, so once it dries it has the appearance of water but hardens to hold the flowers in place (or bottle caps, in this case). You can use acrylic water to capture a lot of things, including photos and other trinkets. I used a brand called Quick Water, which I found at Michael’s for a reasonable price. Depending on the brand, follow the instructions on the box carefully. Most likely, it will require that you have a disposable clear plastic mixing container and disposable stirrer.

Once mixed well, pour over the bottle caps carefully, starting in the middle of the tray to avoid splashing against the sides. Try to distribute evenly throughout the tray, using your stirrer to move the liquid around carefully. You’ll have some time before it begins to harden, so take your time making sure you’re happy with how it looks. Your bottle caps may begin to float. Watch it closely for a while, pushing down the floating caps and popping any large air bubbles. To release the smaller air bubbles, you can also carefully tap the tray on the table a few times.

Let this site overnight. Quick Water required at least 8 hours without any disturbance and the more time you give it, the better. I found that the spaces between the caps hardened perfectly, but the substance left on top of the bottle caps was tacky. I sprayed the caps with sealant after taping off the sides of the tray. This helped a little, but it was still too tacky.

To remedy this last problem, I went to Lowe’s and bought a thin piece of PlexiGlass that they cut down to size for me. Before you go, measure your tray from the bottom if your tray is shaped like mine, smaller at the bottom and large at the top. Lay it on top and you’re good to go!

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If you’re more comfortable, you can spray an adhesive before laying down the PlexiGlass. I didn’t think it was necessary because I don’t use the tray for a whole lot, but it may come in handy one day.Anyway, this bottle cap tray was one of my harder projects but I’m happy to see that after a lot of recycling and work, it really paid off.

DIY Lamp Makeover

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One person’s trash is another’s treasure. In my life, this is always true. A friend of mine picked up this cute old fashioned lamp at a garage sale and passed it on to me. Recently, I finally got around to making it over with a new color and a new shade, giving it a complete lamp makeover.

For this lamp makeover, you’ll need:

  • Spray paint that works on multiple surfaces (I recommend Rust-Oleum)
  • Clear or sealant spray
  • Fabric
  • Wrapping paper (any)
  • Spray adhesive (I recommend Elmer’s Craft Bond)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

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Above is the original. First, I cleaned the base of the lamp because it was pretty dusty and the paint needs something to hold on to, so the cleaner the better. I removed the shade and took the base outside to spray paint it yellow to match the new fabric I chose for the lampshade. I covered the cord and top with masking tape and spray painted a coat of sun yellow on the base. After that dried for a while, I sprayed it with a second coat. My favorite brand of spray paint in Rust-Oleum, which you can buy at Home Depot for fairly cheap. It works on just about any surface. When it’s dry, spray a coat of clear sealant over it to provide some extra shine and seal the paint.

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While the base was drying, I got started on the lampshade. You may want to iron your fabric first. I always do!

Start by tracing your lampshade onto the backside of a piece of wrapping paper. I recommend using wrapping paper because it will likely be long enough and thin enough to trace, cut and move easily. Place your lampshade at the corner of the paper and roll it upward, keeping track of where you started and using your pencil to trace one side of it. Put it back at the corner and trace along the other side. Depending on the shade, it may go straight or it may curve like mine did.

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Cut out the piece of paper. Lay it around the lampshade to make sure the size is appropriate. Then trace this shape onto the backside of your fabric. Use the scissors to cut approximately a half inch outside of the shape you made on all sides. You’ll want this extra space to fold over the top and bottom and to fold a seam at the end of the fabric. When the shape is cut, once again lay it over the lampshade to see how it will fit. Spray the piece of fabric with a thin layer of adhesive and carefully begin laying it around the lampshade. I recommend Elmer’s Craft Bond for spray adhesive because it is the only one that I have tried so far that truly works for fabric projects.  Ignore the one in the photo. I learned this was not the correct choice for this project. Go slowly, smoothing the fabric out as you go. My lampshade wasn’t flat, which made it more difficult. This project is easier with a flat lampshade.

When you get to the end, fold the fabric over and glue it down. Carefully use the adhesive glue or even a small amount fabric glue to fold the top and bottom edges down into the shade.

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Once the shade felt secure and the base was dry, I put the two together for a cute addition to my desk! Personally, I like yellow in small doses rather than large, and I love the way this lamp turned out with the grey contrast of the lampshade.

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