It occurred to me yesterday that Derek has been gone a whole week and I hadn’t done a single project.  I know, me–alone–unsupervised.  That’s a combination that has project written all over it.  But alas, I didn’t get into a single bit of trouble last week.

So I decided to change all that.  I sat down last night and did a quick makeover I’ve had on my mind for months now.  It took about 10 minutes to complete and I love the way it looks.  And if I ever decide I don’t like it…I can always revert to the original.  Check it out.

DIY Lamp Make Over

Right before Derek and I got married we had each lost grandparents.  This sad event turned into a blessing for us young newlyweds.  We had two estates to look through and “shop” for things for our home together.  The greatest part is that now our home is filled with things that constantly remind us of our grandparents.

One of the things lifted from Derek’s grandmother’s home was a pair of floral lamps.  In our current house we don’t have room to have both lamps out at once.  So the one lamp has lived lonely on a side table at the foot of our stairs since last July.  For a few months now the lamp has been staring at me, just asking for an update.

It took a bit to come up with a way to modify it without permanently changing it.  Finally I decided on summering it up a little with a rope-wrap and a new shade.

DIY Rope Lamp Base

I bought a package of Manila rope from Menard’s and simply wrapped it around the lamp.  I used hot glue to secure it to the lamp.  If we want to revert back I’ll just remove the rope and peel off the glue.

What can you wrap in rope?  My answer…anything.  Anything solid or with a glossy finish can be wrapped and removed.  Just put a little hot glue on it and see if it peels up clean.  Rope says nautical.  Nautical says summer!



PS…see you tomorrow for another adventure.

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