Hey there Creative peeps!
We’re back to share our latest revamp, a macrame lamp that was owned by our grandmother and sat by her favorite recliner for years and years. Over time (and with 40 handsy grandkids) this little lamp was showing some wear and tear. Here’s a little peek at the before… and yes, it could win an “Ugly Lamp Contest” for sure! 😉
Besides missing the original finial, it has frayed macrame everywhere (props to the artist who tied all those decorative knots!) and pieces on the shade are falling apart. It is definitely time to give this piece new life! Start by separating the shade from the base, then tape off where you don’t want paint to touch.
We chose Americana’s multisurface paint in a cheery yellow hue called Lemon Zest that really brightens the lamp up! (Get it, BRIGHTen? Haha!) This paint is really versatile and covered the macrame rope in only one coat just using a cheapie foam brush. Nice! We paired it with a pretty glass finial from our other grandmother’s lamp… we are pretty sentimental, can you tell? 😉
While the paint is drying, take some scissors and cut away allll those knots that look like they took forever to do on the lamp shade.
We spray painted the shade in Krylon’s flat black.
Once the paint is dry, remove the finial (we were just seeing how it looked sans shade) and put the lamp back together. We are always amazed what a little paint can do to transform a piece… and in this case, a little elbow grease with snipping all the lamp shade details away! Here’s a little peek at the new and improved macrame lamp sans original shade…
…and with the black shade. We are loving the exposed lamp shade/industrial vibe trending with lamps right now!
This is Kelli’s favorite look for this lamp but I personally love a little drum shade action!
Either way you wear it, it’s nice to see this drab lamp freshened up and brought back to life! Seriously, are these lamps even related?! 😉
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