DIY: table lamp makeover

Finally today I finished a little diy project which I started about a month ago. I had this table lamp for a very long time and even tried to sell it on ebay at one stage because I didn’t know what to do with it.

It didn’t fit anywhere in my house. To put you in the picture, here is how the table lamp looked before. This is the closest image I could find because as usual I lost the original “before” photo.

Plain, cream ceramic base and off-white shade. It was very “granny” looking. So I decided to try and paint the base with some leftover ceramic black paint I had. I thought if this doesn’t work then I wouldn’t feel so bad throwing it away. Here is how it came out. I also changed the lampshade to this mustard suede number I had from Ikea (I ¬†think they don’t make this one anymore, unfortunately).

I still thought it needed something to lift the shade up a bit. I wanted some funky and elegant ribbon and decided to get one from Samuel and Sons in Chelsea Harbour Design Centre. Mixing high street with high end! Here is how the lamp looks now.


I love Greek key so it was a no brainer for me to go for it.  Here is a clearer photo of the ribbon detail.

Samuel and Sons is definitely a great shop to go to if you are looking for unusual trimmings and ribbons. Look at these beauties.


So what do you think? Are you doing some quick diy over the weekend?

Enjoy the good weather this weekend! Fingers crossed it will stay like this for a while.

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