Instructions

  1. Remove the bulb, shade and any parts of the base that come apart. Cover the bulb socket with painter’s tape and clean each part with a damp cloth and wipe dry.
  2. Use 180-grit sandpaper to sand the base and remove old varnish. Wipe away residual dust with a clean, dry cloth.
  3. Use a brush to apply an undercoat. Let dry; then apply two coats of gloss acrylic as a finish.
  4. Cover the old shade, or buy a new one (for less than $20 from craft or home center stores), making sure it’s unembellished and a simple cylinder or drum shape.
  5. Choose a heavy wallpaper with a pattern small enough to repeat around the shade, and choose a contrasting paper for the inside.
  6. Cut outside and inside paper to fit around the lamp shade, with a 3/4-in. overlap.
  7. Cover both sides of the shade with wallpaper or  contact paper adhesive and position the paper, smoothing it with your hand, adding adhesive to the overlap. Let dry.
  8. Reassemble the lamp.

Floor Lamp Makeover craft project design by Gema Beneitez. Photography by Sue Ferris.