I Love Lamp: Someone’s Trash becomes My Treasure!

15 Jan

Thanks to an amazing neighbor I got these amazing lamps! So far I’ve only done two but there’s six total. But if it wasn’t for my dad I would be at a complete loss because taking these things apart and putting them back together are a puzzle! The first thing to know about disassembling a lamp is take the lamp shade off, bulb out, and then start from the bottom and work your way up. Also take it apart in order so you remember how to put it back together ๐Ÿ˜‰ After it’s all apart make sure you take over all the threading (the holes with the ridges that you put a screw into) and also tape over anything you do not want painted.

The beginning lamp!

All the pieces taken apart (both lamps).

The tools you’ll need. The little driver you will use to undo the wiring to the top pieces of the lamp. There should be a little square or rectangular opening in the bottom of the square pieces you put the light bulb in. If you press down lightly with the driver it will pop the wires loose so you can pull it out. If they don’t release (some old lamps are finicky) you’ll need to use the wire cutters at the bottom left to cut them off and buy a new piece (about 50 cents) for the light bulb.

Spray Paint!!!!! The best part about this project ๐Ÿ˜€ If you notice that I boughtย the nice brand in all the colors and the EL CHEAPO one in white. Since white is only going to be used as primer there is no need to buy an expensive brand.

After you’ve taped all the pieces necessary get on with painting!! I did two priming coats in white.

Then two coats in yellow! I’m redoing my room in black, gray, white, and spot colors of yellow! Once I see if I like it or not I’m either going to leave it or spray paint them gray. We’ll see ๐Ÿ˜‰

The base of the new lamp!

The top piece.

and TADA! The picture is a little dark but I did add a new lamp.

So this whole project cost me:

$7.88 cents for a lamp shade

$3.89 white spray paint

$5.69 for Silver & Yellow Spray Paint (so x2)

Lamp Free

Total cost: approx $21.00

So if you can find a lamp that has an awesome shade that’ll save you $8 bucks and another $6 if you only buy one can of spray paint for the color which would total to approx $9.00. Still not crazy cheap but then again lamps are pretty expensive and it’s so much fun!!

Other lamp ideas:

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Thanks for stopping by! Next change I get I’ll be working on the little rocking chair from the post before this ๐Ÿ˜€

Love Always,


One Response to “I Love Lamp: Someone’s Trash becomes My Treasure!”

  1. Sara Olsen January 15, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    Love them! You did a great job!

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