DIY Lamp Re-Model

Want custom decor and furnishings without the budget of custom work? DIY is definitely your best bet. We recently moved my daughter’s room from a “baby” room to a “big girl” room. She wanted a ‘girly’ lamp in her room. The only one that I had in the house was a tad on the ugly side. Not ideal for a preschool princess. That’s ok. A little paint, Mod Podge, and fabric can go a long way to turn a regular lamp into a custom lamp for a girly room.

Lamp remodel from It Happens in a Blink


  • White Spray paint
  • Apple Barrel pink paint
  • Gloss Mod Podge
  • Fabric

Begin by disassembling the lamp. Remove the shade and tape out anything that should not be painted.

Ugly Lamp

Apply white spray paint to the lamp base. Let dry. Apply enough coats to ensure complete coverage.

Spray Paint lamp base from It Happens in a Blnk

Use Apple Barrel pink paint to add accent colors. Let dry.

Add accent colors from It Happens in a Blink

Use a foam brush to apply Gloss Mod Podge. This gives a nice, finished sheen to the lamp base. Let dry.

For the lamp shade, I applied fabric Mod Podge around the lamp shade. I then wrapped the fabric around it, pulling it very taut. This was probably the most difficult part, and it didn’t turn out perfect, but I was satisfied with the results. I folded under the top and bottom and Mod Podged those ends to the underside of the lamp shade.

Lamp shade from It Happens in a Blink

A super easy fix to take a lamp from drab to fab!

Lamp remodel from It Happens in a Blink


  1. says

    The lamp looks so great! I never would have thought it would be so easy to go from the before pic to the after. It’s absolutely adorable. The finished product looks like it came from a store!

  2. Savannah miller says

    Your lamp turned out super cute! I have a metal lamp at home that I hate its so blah looking I might have to give it a make over :)


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