Monday, September 30, 2013

DIY Project - Lamp Makeover

It's been about 2 years since we had 2 of these Ikea Lamps in our living room. Suddenly, it started growing on me that its plain jane! Hence, I took over the lamp this weekend to make it better looking, while not really flashy, but a bit more classic!

Things required to make over this lamp - 
1. Thick decorative paper   2. Glue gun   3. Ruler, Scissors  4. Bronze Paint   5. Primer  6. Lace / Trim

  1. Begin with the lamp shade. Wrap the paper around. Set the glue gun to lower heat setting and glue the paper to lamp shade. It takes only 15 seconds before the glue dries, so make sure not to exceed the time. Make sure to leave the overlapping part thin. Once the paper is wrapped, glue the trim.                                                                                                                              
  2. For the Base - for any smooth finished metallic surface, it is important to apply the primer. I used a water based primer and applied only 1 coat of it. Wait for 30 minutes, some primers may take 24 hours to dry, so make sure to check the instructions on the label.
  3. Apply the paint, using nicely dipped brushes and long strokes. Ladies (or gentlemen), if you know how to apply nail polish, this should be fairly easy! I left the painted lamp base to dry overnight. 

And that's it, lamp makeover is complete. I am hopeful, that I can use water and wash away the paint, whenever, I am bored of this again. The next time, I am going to make the lamp shade myself.