There has been a whole lot of lamp swapping going on around here. Which led to a diy lamp makeover with peek-a-boo lamp shade for our living room. Remember the quickie lamp makeover I did using a map shade I found at a thrift store? That lamp base was originally in our living room, but with the makeover, was moved to the front guest bedroom.
I moved the lamp that was originally in that bedroom to the living room, but the style just wasn’t right for the space. Still with me?
While thrifting, I found a base that I thought would work (with a few modifications, of course). Here’s a sneak peek at the “after.”
How to Makeover a Ceramic Lamp Base
The lamp base was originally light gray-blue, not a bad color, but not quite what I had in mind for this space. The brass stem and socket were somewhat pitted, so I spray painted them with Rustoleum in satin black.
After cleaning the base, I sprayed it with primer, then rolled and brushed on two coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White. I had planned on using spray paint for this step as well, but had no white in my stash. After the second coat dried, I did my usual brown glaze. Because I’m lazy there wouldn’t be much wear and tear on the lamp, I decided not to add a clear coat.
How to Make a Peek-a-boo Lamp Shade
Now for the shade. I mentioned a lot of lamp swapping going on- well, the lamps in our master bedroom were mysteriously replaced when Kirkland’s had a lamp sale. I used one of the shades from the old lamps for this base.
For a little peek-a-boo surprise, I added a bird stencil to the inside of the shade. To determine the location of the stencil, I turned on the lamp and taped the stencil into place inside the shade.
After removing the shade, I painted the stencil with white paint so the design wouldn’t show through the shade when the lamp is off. The paint bled under the stencil, so I had to touch it up a bit.
Not quite finished. The rust-colored edging had to go, so I covered it with a white ruffly trim. I like the contrasting textures of the linen shade and the satin trim.
Oh, there is another little surprise on the side of the shade- I added a butterfly from the same stencil. (I had masked it off while stenciling the front of the shade.)
And that’s it for my diy lamp makeover with peek-a-boo lamp shade. Does the base seem too plain- should I add anything to it?