Saturday

DIYP #33 Customizing {Lamps} with Stencils


I love this lamp I found at Target. At first glance, it looks like an average light.


Until you turn it on:


The lovely damask pattern comes to life in the light. I love the way it coordinates with my damask bedding.

This lampshade really inspired me to customize this lamp (another clearance aisle special from Tar-jay) in my favorite new corner of the house.


The first house my hubby and I lived in a million years ago benefitted from my stencil-happy hands. I think I stenciled every room in the house! I haven't stenciled in awhile and thought it would give this lamp a neat touch. It's such a cheap and easy way to customize.


I taped the stencil to the inside of the lamp. And added black acrylic paint.


I love the simple elegant touch this added!


I couldn't decide if I should do the whole lampshade. What do you think?


For more lovely lamp stories, visit The Nester's Lampalooza! 

36 comments:

Melissa said...

This is such a great idea. I have a lamp shade that I waa thinking about getting rid of and I think you just gave it a new life :)

RefreshMom said...

Great idea; I never would have thought about doing a design on the inside.

I wouldn't do more panels on your lampshade, but I might do a reverse-effect one by doing one on the base in gold. It would be a cool way of tying them together.

Courtney said...

That is so neat!

Thanks for sharing!

auntrene said...

I think both lampshades are gorgeous. I don't know that I would do more stenciling on the shade that you did. It looks so nice as it is. Good luck with whatever you decide.
Good Job,
Rene

Happy Mommy said...

That is a great idea!

Lisa said...

WHAT A LOVELY HOME. THE LAMP SHADES ARE VERY NICE. I THINK THEY ARE PERFECT THE WAY THEY ARE.

HUGS FROM MAINE

http://sophie4me.blogspot.com/

JenT said...

Very neat. I think RefreshMom had a good idea; stenciling the base in gold.

marky said...

I love that idea..the bedroom lamp is beautiful!
I think I would do all sections of the new lamp.
Where do you come up with all of these great ideas?

Wifey Dessert said...

i love that! I never would have thought of that!! it looks good either way! I am now trying to decide if i can trust myself enough to do that and it look right haha..

Anonymous said...

So creative! I love it. Yes do the whole lampshade.

Lisa said...

I think I like the single. Then when you tire of it, just turn the lamp shade around to where the pattern is facing the wall...no one will see it then, so a new looking lamp!! ha ha ha. That is why I am not in charge of decorating!!!

Melanie said...

Love the stencil! I think I would keep it as is, packs more of a punch that way.

Sandy Toes said...

What a fun lamp!
-sandy toe

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the idea! That is sooo cute. I can't wait to do that to mine!

Kim said...

What a great idea!

As the voice of dissent, I think I would put on on each panel. I like repeating patterns.

IE Mommy Blogger said...

that's gorgeous. Never would I have thought of that. Great job.

Amy said...

That is beautiful!!! I think I would do all of it too. I never have luck with stencils. How do you do it without it bleeding outside of the stencil??

Ryan and Melanie said...

What a creative idea!!!!

Kasey Hunt said...

I like the one. I think if you do it anymore it'll look too busy!!! Great idea.

Putting the Best Thing First said...

I love it. What a great idea!

kristine said...

so cool! I love it!

The Happy Housewife said...

I love that idea! I definitely think you should do the whole lamp. Now I need to go and search for lamps at my house that need a little stencil pick me up!
Great to meet you at Blissdom.
Toni

Mo said...

This really is a fabulous (and easy!) idea; I have a table lamp given to me by my grandmother that I luv, but the shade needs....*something* - this just may be my solution! Thanks for sharing...

Holly said...

Cool! I think I'd just leave it as is. Pretty!

Keri said...

I love this idea! I have a lamp that would be perfect for this - I think I'll try to do a monogram stencil. Hope I can get it on right side out! :-)

Raise Them Up said...

Your lamp turned out so pretty. I like the idea of a gold stencil on the bottom--to tie it together.

But I also think adding one per pannel to the top would be pretty, too.

Guess it's all up to you! :)

Clean and Classic Interiors said...

Well all be? I had no idea! What a GREAT decorating tip! I've have to try it with my next one!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Brilliant! I love it!

The Nester said...

I so would have never thought of that! I like it just how it is--or all over either way~

nice job k!

southerninspiration said...

I love your ideas!!! Perfect as is!

Suzanne

june@craftyniche said...

That's super cute! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Confession: I had to MAKE myself wait to come to your site until I got to your name on the list. I survived and found your BEAUTIFUL redo!

I'm gonna be stenciling a lampshade realllll soon..... Thanks for the great inspiration!

emily said...

Okay that is brilliant! I love that idea! You have such house smarts.

A Bushel and Peck and Pigtails Paper Trails said...

Wow! That looks great! I think I might try that with a monogram stencil.....thanks for the idea.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

LOVE the stencil idea. Back in the day I was a lover of the stencils, too. I painted them around the top of our cinderblock walls in our first apartment. And I have that exact same lamp in my post. Too funny!

~Amanda

Randi said...

I love the idea of stencilling from the inside to give a subtle lift ... it looks fantastic! Thanks for the idea.