Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lamp Makeover

I have several projects in the works, but never seem to finish one before I start another! So here's one I actually finished today and I love how it turned out. We have 2 lamps we bought at Ikea a couple years ago and they simply needed a face lift.

So I googled "Ikea Lamp Makeover" which lead me to this project at

I actually do like how her lamp is round, but I figured my square lamp would work. So with a roll of parchment paper for $3.79, I headed to town. I think I used about half the roll for one lamp, and I'm planning on redoing the second one too for 2 completely new bedside lamps!

As you can see in the two pictures below, some of the sides turned out more uniform than others, but I like the variation and the flirty, ruffly look! Cute! I'm really into the ruffles craze these days.

One thing I would do differently next time (isn't this always the case?) is to cover the lamp shade completely with a flat layer of parchment paper all the way around the shade before adding the petals. This would disguise any chance of peeking through the petals. And although this one lamp took at least 3 hours, it was worth saving the money on a new lamp! I did a little each night as I watched Fox News :) Now if anyone has ideas how to refinish the base, I'm open! I could simply spraypaint, but any other creative thoughts?


  1. Wow Leisel- I love that lamp! How creative! It really turned out great!