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October 7, 2012

Beachy Lamp

This is the next installment towards our, soon to be, fully beach themed Master Bedroom.

The old lamps {we did both bedside table lamps} started to irritate me.  I love changing things around regularly, I used to buy new stuff, but since I started blogging, I found that making something from scratch or renovating an item, is way more rewarding and actually something I enjoy!

Here is a picture of the BEFORE lamp:

It's not that bad, but the white started to fade, also the webbing {that's what it looks like, anyway} on the inside got dirty, and no matter what I tried, I just could not get it clean.

When I bought these lamps two years ago, I was really after the thick perspex cubes and the chrome base.

Lovely, isn't it? I have the same lamp in the lounge on a side table - only difference is the shade's color is Silver, which goes with the color scheme we have there now. {I do have a HUGE thing for all see-through, clear or glass furniture, decor pieces - large and small. My coffee table is actually ALL glass - it was molded that way, the top and sides, all one piece of glass}

In a previous post, I mentioned a guy which I normally go to for the type of thing I used here. Only, this was not what he usually makes - I gave him sizes, and more or less tried to explain exactly what I wanted. I think he did a pretty good job, even though we made a very slight change. 

This guy makes and sells his stuff alongside  the road. There is a major highway on the one side and a road leading to a banking complex at the other side. I could just have bought the reeds from him, but at least by making the first step for me, I also paid him for his labor - it is an honest way of making a living, and clearly something this guy enjoys.

In the top photo is some of his work - mostly garden related, one can use the larger pieces as screens to divide your garden into sections or put them up against a garden wall. He also makes arches, which is very nice when you want to plant climbing plants. 

Bottom left; he also makes these wooden garden sets as well as dog houses.
Bottom right; I left my sizes with him and returned an hour later - here he is still busy with my little order - I should really take a picture and go show him what I did with his handiwork!

All the stuff he makes are RAW WOOD - it needs to be treated or painted or whatever it needed for the intentional end use.

This is basically what I asked him to make, only thing he did not understand was that the bottoms should not really line up and the top pieces must be cut into three or more different lengths.

I asked Roy to play around the tops a bit, and make it more uneven - after that I spray painted the two pieces, one side at a time (and into every nook and cranny) with Rust-O-Leum Spray paint {suitable for wood and metal}, white, followed with a clear sealant.

Believe it or not, the removal of the existing shades, were the hardest part of the whole project! I thought, cut it here, cut it there and it will all come to pieces, but no way - the manufacturers had to glue it all to the frame work as well.  {Broke most of my finger nails!}

We then used cable ties to fasten them to the metal wire frame {after wrapping the wooden reeds tightly around the frame} - and cut the ends off neatly.  All that was left was a quick sanding of the ends of the reeds and once that was done, we replaced the shades to the bases. Project - Done!

In the above photo you can see my Bookshelf which you can read about HERE , close to my side of the bed - and my bedside table is no longer littered with books!

Here is a last look at the BEFORE and AFTER......

Bye-bye now!

Linking up with these cool parties:


  1. Much better now! Great idea! I came here from Inspire me Monday.

  2. Super cute and creative! I would love for you to come link up your awesome blog to my Get Social party.

  3. Visiting from Making It Pretty Monday. This turned out lovely and is so creative. Thanks for sharing! I would love if you would share this (and some of your other crafty ideas) over at my link party that is going on right now.

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  4. Linda,

    I love your lamp! What a great way to add a little bling to the shade!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

  5. Linda that is just the coolest little lamp makeover. Thanks for sharing with my party.

  6. Looks like a lot of work, but ALL WORTH IT!

    Turned out so fabulous! LOVE it!

  7. Hi Linda, I'm Connie at, a new GFC friend. I would love if you stop by and be mine, too.
    I love the lamp, thanks for sharing your project.

  8. What a fun transformation! I love that you painted the wood white, it adds a really chic look to it! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  9. What a cute idea, thanks for sharing

  10. So cute. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  11. Hi Linda, love the twigs made into the shade. I sure wish there was a guy by my roadside that created such wonderful things. I made an arbor out of branches once and it was alot of work. I would love a little wattle fence in my garden, but as I say; lots of time and work. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  12. Very creative! Love that you had a local craftsman carry out your vision instead of just buying a new shade! Thanks for linking on Busy Monday!

  13. Oh wow, what a brilliant idea! I love the look of it. Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  14. So clever, and it looks awesome with the shelf. You are one creative lady. Love it. :)

  15. Nice, I love how it turned out!! I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ today and share some of your great ideas with my readers! The ‘Your Great Idea’ link party runs every Sat through Tuesday. Hope to see you there!

    * Also, we’ve got a great giveaway going on with over $500 in prizes!

  16. Great makeover! I love it! Thanks for sharing at Gettin' Krafty!

  17. Really cute. I love the natural, beach, white washed feel.

    Thank you for linking up at the Wildly Original party.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  18. Great idea, very creative! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up! Come back again this Thursday night!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

  19. How fun - what a great transformation! Loved and pinned. Thanks for sharing at MightyCrafty Mondays...

  20. I love a good lamp makeover, and yours turned out great!! :)

    Thanks so much for linking this up at Artsy Corner, hope to see you again this week!

  21. Looks amazing, very beachy! Thanks for sharing over on Tutorial Thursdays, much appreciated.

  22. Hello! I’m stopping in to invite you to join us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    The Chicken Chick

  23. You're a STAR tonight in the "lamp lineup" over at I Gotta Create!

    Thanks so much for partying with The Wildly Original Crowd!
    <3 Christina

  24. Very cool lamp! I love making things for my home that are unique. It's cool to know that no one else has what you have. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches :)

  25. FUN! What a simple, chic update! thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

  26. What a great idea and what a lovely transformation.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Project Inspire{d}!

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  27. Just stopping by to invite you to my link party. I would love it if you would link up this lamp. Great job.

  28. Wonderful tutorial! I loved the outcome! Your lamp turned out awesome!!
    Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά #23 :)
    Have a great week!!

  29. Sooo Cool!! I love it, who wouldn't think of the beach when you see your amazing redo :) Michelle


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