Twine Wrapped Parisian Lamp | Vintage, Paint and more...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Twine Wrapped Parisian Lamp

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY lamp, twine craft, stenciled lamp shade

Good Morning everyone.
Have you ever bought something at a garage sale with the 
full intentions of redoing it into something special
then It. Sits. For. Years.?
And, I mean years....
I do this all the time and then... inspiration hits
I go to town on whatever it was I bought.
Inspriation finally hit for this not so pretty little lamp from eons ago...

Vintage Paint and more... - thrifted lamp, a simple lamp

This has sit in our garage collecting dust
getting moved from one spot to another to get it out of the way.
everytime I moved it I told myself - I am going to paint that soon.
Well, soon has come but I didn't paint it -
well, not entirely anyway.

Vintage, Paint and more... - twine craft, DIY lamp, recycled tin cans,

Looks a little different - doesn't she.
I call her my Twine Wrapped Parisian Lamp...
She is so cute and proudly sits on my desk now.

This project really is quite simple.
But, as you know my projects have to be simple.
A little tweak here and a little tweak there and it's a whole new item
ready to use in a new space.

To make this little lamp:
First of all you will need a cast off lamp with a fairly simple base line

Vintge, Paint and more... old thrifted lamp to DIY

This one has a simple square base with some dips here and there
nothing too hard to wrap with twine.
Then you will need:

Vintage, Paint and more... supplies to make a twine wrapped lamp

Some twine - I only used that small ball but, there was only about a 1/2 inch left.
A glue gun and glue sticks.

Vintage, Paint and more... wrapping a lamp with twine, twine craft, DIY lamp

I started by gluing the twine to the very base of the lamp 
then wrapping it around the lamp 
gluing it ever so often to assure it not coming off
having loose areas.
This is quite simple just time consuming.
I would stop for awhile and go do something else then come back.

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This is just showing how it looks about halfway done.
Still wrapping and gluing.

Vintage, Paint and more... lamp base wrapped with twine, twine craft, DIY wrapped lamp base

And this is the finished base.
Now you could buy a new lampshade for it 
even use whatever came with it if you like it.
I didn't like mine so it got a make over also.

Vintage, Paint and more... stenciled lampshade, DIY painted lampshade, how to stencil a lampshade.

I painted the shade with DIY white chalk paint first.
Then I did a "Parisian" stencil.
This particular graphic came from the topography fabric I got at Hobby Lobby.
I traced a couple of the images onto some tracing paper
using black graphite paper I retraced it onto the lamp.
Then I went over it with a black magic marker.
Not difficult but, takes a few steps to get it done.

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY twine wrapped lamp, stenciled lamp shade, recycled tin cans, recycled book page note holder

Here she is sitting on my desk.
Along with my other recycled desk accessories -
recycled bulletin board that is coming soon.

I love being able to make my area so pretty and vintage 
just a little elbow grease, very little money and some inspiration.

Are you like me - buying thrifted items and leaving them sit for years
before getting the inspiration to redo them?
Or, do you jump right in and get them done right away?
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Until next time - create something you love.

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  1. I love what you did to the lamp Cathy, very creative! Pinning!

  2. The whole vignette looks nice.

  3. Love the texture you gave this looks great!

  4. Beautiful! Pinned this so I can make this soon

  5. painted the lampshade?? I LOVE that you did that Cathy!! You turned that thrift find into a real jewel buddy!

  6. I didn't realize you could paint a lampshade... I have a couple that I could do that... Also love the whole lamp. Thanks for the sharing this and I am pinning it... Love your tin can holders too... Great way to recycle.

  7. I love the twine on the look. Much better, you did a good job!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. So much more interesting than the original version and I would never have thought of painting the shade! Clever. Stopping by from Thank Goodness It's Thursday.

  9. Very pretty. Definitely pinning this for later.

  10. So pretty Cathy! I love what you did with the lampshade. My dumpster-dive lanterns are one of those sit-for-years projects that really must get done! Good on you, crossing the lamp off your list!

    Val @

  11. I've been meaning to do this to our bedroom floor lamp. /love how your's turned out! Gorgeous lampshade, too.

  12. I've seen a couple of people painting shades - this came out really cute! I'm going to try painting a shade I think! Thanks for the inspiration, and for linking up at Merry Monday Linky Party! Julia

  13. It may sit for a while, but when you go to town; you go to town. It always looks fabulous! Love the entire desk display! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. How fun and clever is this. I love the idea and this could be used on so many different objects. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  15. Love the transformation - it is quite beautiful I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  16. loving the desk :) Lamp fits right in and the 'stamp' looks great! I am wishy washy - one time will jump right on it, another time it might wait and wait and wait lol. Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle! I always love checking out your links!

  17. Congrats! You will be featured on Friday’s Five Features tomorrow over on DIY Vintage Chic. Stop by and grab yourself a button!