Revamp a Lamp!

updated 09/08/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bright Stripes

Cut ribbon to fit the length of the lampshade, leaving an extra inch at top and bottom. Use spray adhesive to attach the ribbon to shade. Tuck ends in place with nonflammable fabric glue. Finish the look by covering the ends with ribbon along inner rims.

MAKEOVER COST: $23 for ribbon, spray adhesive and fabric glue.


We bought a $6 lamp base from Christmas Tree Shops and a $12 shade from Target.

4 More Ideas!

Words to Live By

Trace a message on contact paper and cut the letters out to make a stencil. Remove backing and affix letters to shade. Spray the entire shade with fabric paint; let dry. After 24 hours or so, peel off the contact letters to reveal the message.

MAKEOVER COST: $12 for contact paper and fabric paint.

It's a Wrap!

Lay the shade on a piece of fabric and roll it across the material, tracing the shape as you roll. Cut fabric to fit, leaving an inch at top and bottom. Attach fabric with spray adhesive. Fold ends around shade and glue in place. To finish, glue an extra strip of fabric or a ribbon over the ends.

MAKEOVER COST: $20 for fabric, spray adhesive and fabric glue.

Stamp It

Dip a rubber stamp in a pad of fabric ink (ink pads made for stamping paper don't work well on fabric) and apply to shade, or brush fabric paint directly onto the stamp itself, then apply. For best results, stick with similar stamp designs and colors of ink.

MAKEOVER COST: $26 for stamps and ink.


Like the lampshade but hate the base? Transform a plain wooden base with spray paint. We used Krylon's Silver Metallic to evoke the look of old-fashioned mercury glass for this lamp, but it's also available in other metallic finishes.

MAKEOVER COST: $7 for spray paint.

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