Brass Lamp Redo Tutorial

 This brass lamp was only $8 at the my new favorite Thrift Shop, Tickled Pink.

 It had some really nice detail, but I wasn't crazy about the brass.  I painted it black, using ColorPlace Rust Control Black Satin.

 I tried cleaning and then spray painting the paper shade, but it didn't work.  It smelled pretty funky, too. I cut it off the two frame rings.

 I used the old shade to make a pattern on kraft paper.

I used 2 sheets of white poster board to create the white base of the lampshade.  I was able to fit 1/2 the pattern on each poster board.  The lampshade took 41" in length and 13" in height. This allowed for 1" extra on the top and bottom to fold over the frame.
I cut tabs to fold over the frame, glued down with hot glue.

I laid 3 sheets of lacy scrapbook paper over the poster board.

I trimmed away the parts that over laid so the curlies didn't cover each other up.

 I used spray mount to glue the black paper to the poster board.  There were some spots that needed a touch of elmer's white glue.
Fold the tabs over the frame.

Voila!  The finished product.  It took about 2.5 hours overall to make.  OK,  I have to fix the top, I put the top frame on upside down. I will just slide a knife in the glued areas, flip the top over and reglue.  Our family saying is, "It's not a trip without a U-turn."


  1. Awesome project! You rock with the great tutorial...way too technical for me...I would have looked for a short cut and then messed it all up. :)
    Thanks for the follow. Following you back.

  2. That is a really awesome project! Thanks for sharing at my newbie party.

  3. This is such a pretty makeover, I really like the black swirlies you've used to cover the lampshade with - really striking and unusual! Spray paint is something I haven't seen used a lot for furniture here in the UK but I'm really up for giving it a go!

    Jem xXx

    P.S Stopping by from the Newbie Party :-)

  4. It looks great! And what a buy. Nice work!

    Visiting from Debbiedoo's Newbie party. I hope you'll come visit my new blog too.

    Have a great day.

  5. This is so darn cute, I read every word! Just loved it, came from Debbie's

  6. Awesome! Love the tutorial! I am going to be re-doing a lamp shade, so this was a huge help!!
    I'm here from Debbie's party, and I'm your newest follower!!

  7. You really did such a great job. Great tutorial. I saw you over at Debbie's party. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much.

  8. hiya , visitnign from debbies , what a transformation , i love what you did with the paper for the shade , great idea

  9. Love the new contemporary look! Found you at the Newbie party!

  10. Super-cute, super-cheap, & a super finished lamp. I'm lovin' the cute bunny backpack.

  11. The lamp looks amazing! What a beautiful transformation! I just tried painting brass with cheapo $1 paint and it didn't work well. I am going to get the Rustoleum!

  12. Very clever transformation! I know where that store is, but I've never been there before.

    "catching" you this week

  13. This is so great! I redid a lamp last summer and found that same scrapbook paper. I glued it to the inside of my shade so it throws great shadows on the wall :)


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