Interior, Tutorials

How to: Desk Lamp Makeover

When we moved into our house and started cleaning out the basement, I found this old desk lamp. I liked the style, but the colour was a bit ‘meh’ and the electrical wire needed replacement. So I added ‘desk lamp makeover’ to the everlasting ‘projects I want to do someday’-list. When I started planning my mason jar lamp tutorial, I knew I finally could give the desk lamp a second life!

I started off by giving the desk lamp a good dust down. As I was planning on dismantling the lamp completely, I made lots of pictures. When you think you’ve made enough pictures, make some more from different angles! I didn’t do this thoroughly enough and puzzling the pieces together afterwards, wasn’t an easy task!

Desk Lamp Makeover - Materials that are needed

Before you start, collect all of the things you need. I wanted to rewire and repaint the lamp, so I bought some coloured fabric electrical cable and a plug. I didn’t need a light switch, because there was a mechanism connected to the original lamp fitting. I also bought spray paint. Other than this, you’ll probably need screwdrivers and a wrench.

Lamp makeover - Using spray paint

After taking the desk lamp apart, I sanded all the pieces lightly and than cleaned them thoroughly. I also taped off the pieces I couldn’t remove and didn’t want to spray. I sprayed my desk lamp multiple times, trying to put light coats on it. After a couple of coats on the first day I let it dry for almost 24 hours. Then I sanded the places I screwed up and put on some extra coats.

I figured the screws probably were brass and it would be nice to get them shining again. I put them in some yoghurt, as I read this would work as a mild acid. Afterwards I wasn’t completely satisfied with the result (I think rinsing them in between and putting them back into the yoghurt, maybe letting them sit longer would’ve given a better result), so I also sanded them down.

Desk lamp makeover - Reassembling the desk lamp

After the screws were sanded and all the paint was dry, it was time to put the lamp together again! Unlike Humpty Dumpty, I did manage to put all the pieces together. It took me a while to figure things out, but in the end, I managed.

Putting in the new electrical wire was a piece of cake, after my first experience putting lamps together. If you need more information about rewiring lamps, I suggest you take a look at my Mason Jar Lamp Tutorial.

Desk Lamp Makeover

Before I knew it, I was enjoying my new desk lamp! This lamp makeover was a lot quicker than I’d anticipated and seeing the result, it was worth it. I love my new, colourful, desk lamp!

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Project costs: second hand desk lamp, €0 – spray paint, €9,50  (to be honest, this should be €0, as I bought the spray paint a long time ago for a different project) – 3 metres of fabric electrical cable, €11,97 – plug, €2,25.

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  • Reply Mieke November 5, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Mooi gelukt zeg! Doet me zin krijgen de zeer soortgelijke oude bureaulamp van bij m’n ouders onder handen te nemen… alleen vrees ik dat die al 10 jaar “verdwenen” is 🙁
    (Schattige poes op de achtergrond ^_^ )

    • Reply plutomeisje November 6, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Haha, bij mijn ouders “verdwijnen” er ook zo dingen. Ik had ooit een hele collectie kitchy dierenschilderijen gespaard en nu wou ik die kaders gaan gebruiken, maar we kunnen ze toevallig niet terugvinden… 🙁

      En ja, fotograferen in huis zonder katten in de buurt is hier niet doenbaar. Hij was ook zo schattig aan het slapen. ♥

  • Reply Elisse November 5, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Heel mooi! En amai, jullie krabpaal ziet er ook een zaligheid uit 😉

    • Reply plutomeisje November 6, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Ja, hij heeft wel al afgezien, die paal. Nog geen spijt van gehad, ook al was hij wat duurder dan zo een gewone paal. De katten hebben een soort rollenpatroon om te beslissen wie in de bovenste mand mag maffen. :p

  • Reply Charlotte November 6, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Wauw, wat een vondst en heel mooie make-over!

  • Reply Fab November 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I said it once but I want to reiterate: this is awesome! And if I didn’t know you DIYed the lamp, I would probably think you bought it somewhere fancy for quite a few €! Very good job 🙂

    • Reply plutomeisje November 6, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you for such high praise! 😀
      I was a bit unsure at first, fearing that I took my makeover a bit too far, but I absolutely love the lamp now. And if people think she’s from some fancy store, that makes it even better. 🙂

  • Reply Le petit requin November 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Supermooi gemaakt! Ik zie ze inderdaad ook zo in een gezellig designwinkeltje staan!

    • Reply plutomeisje November 11, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Dank u! 😀 Wie weet zijn er binnenkort effectief ook overal van die lampen te vinden. :p

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