DIY Lamp Makeover

A few weeks ago, I blogged about a project I helped work on at my friend Debbie’s house. Remember the armoire we transformed?

China Cabinet Makeover | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Well, she sent me home with one of her table lamps that day, and I’ve been thinking about how to change it for her ever since.

Brass Lamp Makeover

She told me she received it as a wedding gift 28 years ago, but that she really didn’t care for the brass or the shade anymore.

Brass Lamp | Before

I, on the other hand, kind of liked the brass (and embossed floral pattern), so I couldn’t bring myself to do anything super-permanent to it. I did spray the top of it with some oil rubbed bronze spray paint…

Brass Lamp Makeover | Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint

…but, like I said, I was pretty determined to figure out a way to not damage that middle section. (Ya know, just in case Debbie changes her mind about it someday!) ;-)

I played around with several ideas before finally settling on slipcovers.

Yep. When I saw these fabrics at Joann’s, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do!

Fabrics from Joann Fabrics

Aren’t they pretty? I found the gray floral in the upholstery fabric section, and the navy ikat in the outdoor fabric section. I picked up some light khaki colored trim to go with them, too:

Navy Ikat from Joanns

Long story short, I measured the area in the middle, and cut a piece of the ikat and a piece of the gray floral to fit it. Next, I used fabric glue to attach the trim. Last but not least, I ran some Velcro up the inside of the seam in back so that Debbie can change out the slipcovers if she wants to:

Table Lamp Slipcover

Cover Lamps With Fabric

(The lamp shade is from Target.)

Fabric Lamp Makeover Ikat Lamp Makeover

It was a fun little project, and I’m reeeeally hoping Debbie likes her “new” lamp(s). If not, I guess we’ll just head back to the fabric store together this time!  :-D

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  1. Kim A says

    That is the most imaginative ” makeover”! Love the gray fabric. Best thing about it is you can make any number of slipcovers to suit any mood and / or season.

  2. says

    That is genius!! Absolutely love what you did. I was holding my breath to see if you painted the brass! (I have a flair for the dramatic apparently)

  3. Rebecca says

    Okay, I admit I saw the fabric and thought it was for the shade and thought it was just okay. But the base looks awesome!

  4. says

    Love it! I seem to be totally into greys this year and that lamp ticks all the boxes!
    What a great Idea!! And versatile too!

  5. Donna Doble-Brown says


    OMGosh! These are terrific! You are sooooo clever! Love this idea . . . Wish I had a lamp to try it out on . . . . XO

  6. sandra kay says

    Love them both!! I was surprised as I thought you were using the fabric on the shade. Love this idea and the shades are gorgeous!! Great job!1

  7. Shirley D says

    Oooohh Be sure to tell her the “big city” designers are saying Brass is making it’s come back & that is really nice esp now that you’ve painted the top piece bronze. “Goes around comes around”! I like the gray fabric best. it suits the lamp.

  8. says

    What a clever and beautiful idea! I’ve never thought to slipcover a lamp before. I was hoping you were not going to damage that middle. :)

  9. sarah says

    Oh my gosh I have this lamp and I hate it! I just spraypainted mine white and decided to live with it, but this is such a cute idea.

  10. Edwina says

    Wow-this brought back memories, We received this same lamp as a gift when we married in ’83. I covered the base with a piece I cross stitched! I have no idea where that lamp is now and haven’t done any cross stitch for a long time. Your version is wonderful-she will love it!

  11. Angela R says

    Love that idea! But I also love the brass. I’m glad you found a way to not permanently cover it. I love brass with dark navy lamp shades.

  12. Janice says

    UNbelievable. I never would have thought about a temporary solution, and two to boot! Now I’ll be looking around my house for a lamp that needs a facelift. You are brilliant.

  13. Bobbi says

    That looks sooooo good! I will admit when I was reading your post and you said “slip cover” I thought OH BOY. But, I was shocked at how good it looks, makes me wish I had a lamp I could do it to. You are so clever.

  14. Julia G. says

    You are a genius!! Slipcovers for lamps is very creative and Debbie is sure to love the idea. If not, send the lamp to Tampa, I have a perfect place for it :)

    Happy day Layla!

  15. Susan says

    Love this idea! The lamp turned out great! I have a couple I will use this idea for!
    Thank you!

  16. Renee Cuerden says

    Love, love, love it!!!! I’d love to see a picture of the lamp without the slipcover too, with it’s new shade and painted top section.

  17. Pam says

    Oh my, Genius! I would never have thought of that. Love the texture and you can wash it. I’m off to Goodwill to find lamps with straight sides……

  18. Elizabeth says

    I like the floral version best. And even better, if the friend who gave the lamp as a wedding gift (28 years ago. . .) ever comes to visit, they can take the slipcover off! :-) The shade is really cute.

  19. Mary says

    Wonderful! And I happened to get the same shade from Target to update a lamp in our beach house. Love that Threshold line.

    • Kim Meyer says

      I think you better patent this idea! Just imagine you could change it up for the seasons…Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer or for each holiday! Brilliant :)

  20. Stephanie says

    OMg, Layla, this is such an amazing idea!! So, so creative!!! And I love the velcro because who could possibly pick between those beautiful fabrics? Thanks for sharing. You really are so talented and beautiful inside and out!

  21. Molly says

    Oh I like the brass too! But I also like the fabric slipcovers. It’s 3 lamps in 1! Great idea and great fabric choices!

  22. Michele says

    How in the world did you think of that? It’s really pretty and just so darn clever! Love, love, love the idea.

  23. says

    I like it, I knew about covering a shade with fabric but never thought about covering the base of the lamp with fabric! thanks for the inspiration.

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