How to revamp a $5 lamp.

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$5 Lamp Revamp with Mod PodgeI’ve recently come to the conclusion that I need a desk in my apartment to work from. Sitting in my bed all day and working is great, but it doesn’t help with staying awake or getting out of my pajamas. So I’m going to create a real work area . . . and I did a desk lamp revamp to go in it. This is my third project in my Brand Ambassador role for Apartments.com, and I’m so pleased with the results! Isn’t it so – me?

white desk lampI am a huge Target shopper, and this baby was on clearance for $5! And when I saw it, my first thought was that it was the perfect surface for Mod Podging.

Revamp a $5 lamp with Mod PodgeIf you are looking for a new little something to liven up your desk area, this is perfect. I never have a hard time finding boring lamps on clearance or at the thrift store. You can also use this same method to decorate a lamp for a kids’ room, or any room really. It was so fun and quick to do. Here’s how I did it.

Gather These Supplies

  • Desk lamp – and you can do this with any lamp!
  • Mod Podge Satin and Fabric
  • Acrylic paint in the color of your choice
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Die cutter or another way to cut out images (clip art, etc)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

IMG_2528Lay your fabric out on the wax paper and put a thin layer of Mod Podge Fabric over the top. Mod Podge Fabric is highly water resistant, so it will make your fabric cutouts more durable.

IMG_2533Once the fabric is fully dry, you have a few choices to get your shapes. I have a die cutter, so that is what I used . . . but you can use clip art (print out your design and cut) or you can draw freehand and cut with with scissors. It’s really up to you.

IMG_2537Once the shapes are cut out, flip them over and Mod Podge the back. You could do this on wax paper – but I just do it on my hand. This is because I’m officially the messiest crafter in the world.

IMG_2536Once the fabric pieces have enough Mod Podge on them, press them down onto the lamp. You can wipe the excess Mod Podge away. Press down carefully and try not to get too much Mod Podge all over the place (telling myself this).

IMG_2535Now it’s time to use the painter’s tape around the top of the lamp. I didn’t really measure, I just eyeballed it. Do it around the base as well for your stripes.

IMG_2538Paint with acrylic paint – let dry and do another coat. I did three coats. Remove the painter’s tape right after the third coat. You don’t want to let it dry. Once the painter’s tape is off, let everything dry for several hours.

How to revamp a $5 desk lampYour lamp is finished. Do you see how quick that was? This project was also so budget friendly – and keep in mind that you can do this for any sized lamp. Cool, huh?

How to revamp a desk lampI am looking forward to my next Apartments.com challenge! Until then, visit the Renter Resources page on their site. You can get information on apartment friendly DIY projects, decorating, entertaining, living on a budget, food & recipes and much more!

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