I’ve been excited about doing this upcycle project for a while, but just now got around to it. A few black Friday’s ago I picked up a box of 4 lamps at Walmart for only $20. I don’t know that they will have the same deal this year, but if I’m judging off their pattern in the past, I’d say there’s a good chance they will.
I love the farmhouse style lamps with the wire basket shades that you can pick up at just about any home decor store, I just don’t love the price. I decided to try and turn one of the lamps I already had into something similar.
This wooden/wire basket/vase came from a garage sale a while back and I only paid .50 for it. It’s been sitting around holding drift wood for quite some time, and one day while looking at it I decided I saw a lampshade. Seemed perfect to me.
I painted the base of the lamp with a creamy white chalk paint. You can find our chalk paint recipe right here and it will work great for this.
Tearing down the lamp shade was pretty simple. I removed the layers of fabric until I just had the wire frame of the shade.
Then, I cut all of the wire pieces off leaving just the center. With a little trim and bend session, we made it the perfect size to fit inside the basket. If you find a bigger basket then you wont have to alter the size because it will sit right on top of what you already have. Mine needed to be slightly smaller.
It’s important to have this part so that it will hold the basket up off the bulb. Also, I traded out the bulb for an LED bulb so that it wouldn’t get too hot. What I really want is an Edison bulb, and one is coming.
I put everything back together and the basket set right on top of the frame.
Easy Peasy! This was a very simple upcycle and it made a WORLD of difference. Get creative with the type of basket you use. There are tons of options out there that would look just as awesome. You may already have something laying around the house!
I am amazed at how it turned out! It’s just so dang cute, and exactly what I wanted.
I made the simply grateful reverse canvas sign live on our facebook page. You can watch that tutorial right here if you want to.
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Such a sweet up-cycle.
Lisa Dawn says
How adorable is this?? Love it!
It looks amazing!