Ideas for Reinventing Old Lamps + Upcycled Lamps

Throwback photo to my Lolly Molly shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors.

Throwback photo to my Lolly Molly shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. The lamp in this photo was once 80s brass with a cream, pleated shade. With a little paint and lots of fabric strips, it got a second chance to shine.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from handmade goodness to home renovation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about taking those old, forgotten lamps and turning them into new, fabulous ones.

I am as guilty as the next person for being too quick to donate items that I have grown tired of or for taking items that are somewhat dated to the basement–where they are hidden away until I decide to have a purge. Bless! It seems easier to toss out the old things and buy new stuff rather than to reinvent or repurpose those unwanted pieces. Several years ago, I decided that enough was enough and that it was time to save the dated lamps from a life of garage sales and basement living. So, I got my creative on and started reinventing.

When I had my Lolly Molly Art shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors, I sold reinvented and upcycled lamps. During that time, I was on a mission of showing people that unloved and outdated lights could have a new life with a little time and creativity. It was also about taking rusty, junky treasures and converting them to works of functional art.

Another 80s brass lamp that found a new life thanks to lime green paint and fabric strips.

Another 80s brass lamp that found a new life thanks to lime green paint and fabric strips. P.S. All items in my shop were either original works of art or repurposed/upcycled items + every item was a one-of-a-kind.

The very first lamp that I reinvented. I removed the original fabric from the lampshade, wrapped it in hot pink tulle, and added polka dot ribbon for a pop of fun.

The very first lamp that I reinvented. I removed the original fabric from the lampshade, wrapped it in hot pink tulle, and added polka dot ribbon for a pop of fun. I am not sure what year this was, but I do know that Abby was in early elementary school–so at least ten years (if not more) years ago!

Sometimes all you need to do to update a lamp is add beaded fringe to the lampshade.

Sometimes all you need to do to update a lamp is to add beaded fringe to the lampshade. The next photo will show how I took this reinvented lamp and re-reinvented it *wink*

Another easy DIY lamp reinvent is to paint the original lampshade and add beaded fringe.

This particular lamp was reinvented no less than five times in its life with me. I finally decided to reinvent it one last time and sell it in my shop. It was part of a summer coastal collection. This time around, I painted the original lampshade in several hues of blue and added a seashell-inspired beaded fringe + painted the base a bright coral.

I am a firm believer in spray paint as a perfect solution to updating something old.

I am a firm believer in spray paint as the perfect solution for updating something old.

Beach cottage ready *smile*

Beach cottage ready *smile*

I am always on the hunt for ugly lamps to save. This particular one had seen better days, but it found an adorable new life with ribbons and white paint.

I am always on the hunt for ugly lamps to save. This particular one had seen better days, but it found an adorable new life with ribbons and white paint.

I love how the bright white brings out all the pretty details.

I love how the bright white brings out all the pretty details.

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A few items from the 2012 Summer Coastal Collection

A few items from the 2012 Summer Coastal Collection

One of the first night lights that I reinvented. I decoupaged tissue paper to the original shade and then hot glued fringe to the top and bottom.

One of the first night lights that I reinvented. I decoupaged tissue paper to the original shade and then hot glued fringe to the top and bottom. (This was well over ten years ago–probably close to fifteen years. Wow! Time surely flies!)

This lamp was created from a wagon wheel hub, a part from a tiller, and a couple of other random rusty parts.

This lamp was created from a wagon wheel hub, a part from a tiller, and a couple of other random rusty parts.

Another Lolly Molly Art original functional art piece. Here at Sweet Sorghum Living and Lolly Molly Art we believe that the home and garden should be filled with art--funky and functional, folksy and colorful, abstract and wondrous...whatever suits your fancy *smile*

Another Lolly Molly Art original, functional art piece. Here at Sweet Sorghum Living and Lolly Molly Art we believe that the home and garden should be filled with art–funky and functional, folksy and colorful, abstract and wondrous…whatever suits your fancy *smile*

This is one of my favorite lamps that the hubby and I made...I was so sad when it sold because I was hoping to keep it for myself.

This is one of my favorite lamps that the hubby and I made…I was so sad when it sold because I was hoping to keep it for myself.

I called this outdoor lamp--Redneck Victorian.

I called this outdoor lamp–Redneck Victorian. It was part of the Junky Funky Summer Collection.

All lit up at night.

All lit up at night. The top of the lamp was made from a vintage bike rim and a lawnmower tire.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about ways to reinvent those old, unwanted lamps. Which reinvented or upcycled lamp is your favorite? Have you every saved an old lamp? Tell us how you did it in the comment section *smile*

 

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