Albuquerque the Magazine Thinks I’m Cool! Give a Lamp a Face Lift in 5 Steps

5 Step Lamp DIY

I have told my kids for years that I am cool. They never believed me but now I have it in writing!  I was contacted by Albuquerque The Magazineregarding the June 2015 issue that would focus on Home and Garden.  In this issue they wanted to have an article entitled “Blogger Central, The craftiest DIY home decorating tips from the city’s coolest bloggers!”  YES, you heard it right,  THE COOLEST!  This really was a fun article to be a part of.  

The author of the article, Adam R. Baca, indicated that parameters of my portion of this article were, a DIY project that had 5 steps or less and be for the living room.  It also needed to be completed in a very short amount of time because a photographer would document the project, and would not be able to spend all week with me as I completed all the steps.  I didn’t have a problem with an extra set of hands around to help all week but… I guess the magazine didn’t want to pay the photographer to be my design assistant. OH DARN!  I’m pretty excited with the end result.  I hope you all have fun revamping a sad lamp of your own!  This project gives you a lot of bang for your buck!  You get a fantastic new lamp, inexpensive to accomplish and can be done in a very short amount of time!  Yippie!

If you are local to the Albuquerque area please pick up your copy of the magazine today.  It is jam packed with amazing tips, tricks, and techniques!  If you are not in our local area and would still like a copy here is a link to their website ALBUQUERQUE THE MAGAZINE CLICK HERE

Otherwise check out the pictures below to see some of the snazzy images from the issue and learn how to make this fantastic lamp in 5 steps!

Albuquerque the Magazine Title Page
Albuquerque the Magazine
"Lighten Up a Lifeless Lamp”

How many of us have a lamp around the house that we inherited from our favorite aunt that we just can’t get rid of?  The lamp has a nice shape but OH BOY is it ugly!  Let’s give that lamp a face lift in only 5 easy steps!

Supplies Needed

  • An Old Lamp
  • Decorative Napkins or Tissue Paper
  • Mod Podge (Decoupage Glue)
  • Sponge Brush
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Lamp Shade of Choice
Lamp Steps

Step One-

Ok, I won’t blame this lamp on my aunt.  I actually bought this at a thrift store because I loved the shape but the wood immediately dates this poor thing.  Let’s get started updating her.  First brush the base with a thin coat with the Mod Podge decoupage glue in small patches.

Step Two-

Tear or cut small pieces of the decorative napkins and spread over the Mod Podge decoupage glue.  Be sure the edges of the napkins lay down smooth.  Continue step one and two until the entire lamp is covered.  Isn’t this exciting the lamp looks better already! In only two steps!

Step Three-

Now for the glitzy part!  Brush the entire lamp base with a very thin coat of Mod Podge decoupage glue.

Step Four-

Sprinkle glitter gently over the base of your lamp.  Turning as your sprinkle so you cover evenly.  Shake the lamp over newspaper or garbage can to remove excess glitter.

Step Five-

Place your new shade on your lamp, plug it in and enjoy!  Notice how the light glistens off the glitter!  What a nice detail. Think of all the possible things you can update with just these 5 simple steps!

5 Step Lamp DIY

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