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Ugly Glass Lamps Transformed

Oh boy, I have to tell you, my guest is already home with me, her room was finished just in time, but I haven't had the time to edit or take some extra pictures I need, or write about all that was done in it. I've been playing the host part very well, visiting places around town, hiking, swimming, and the week has just started.  :)

Reveal time is quickly approaching but in the meantime, I'm going to show you some of the projects that kept me busy these past weeks, and this is one of those.
I really liked the lamp I had in my inspiration board, so I tried to copy cat it ;)

I'm not too proud to say I bought this pair of lamps in the picture below, I didn't even like them when I bought them, but at the time my budget only allowed me to get these ones. Eventually we upgraded them and I did't throw them away thinking that maybe someday I might need the electrical parts to create something else. Well, it never happened, they were in the basement looking the same way as when I bought them. :/

Since I was trying to use everything I had on hand for the guest room makeover, the pair of lamps looked like a nice alternative. First of all, they were cleaned very well.

My inspiration lamp had those nice bumps and that, perhaps, was the feature I loved the most about it. I decided my lamps had to had the bumps at the top of the vase too.

Using Polymer clay remnants my daughter had (and she has a lot of those "trash" pieces), I created the bumps, no exact dimensions or shapes whatsoever. They went into the oven according to the clay instructions...

And as soon as they cooled down they were ready to be attached to the vases with a hot glue gun.

Then, the magic of paint began. The brass parts were spray painted silver and taped off before painting the vase. Two coats of primer were applied.

Followed by two coats of red paint.

The little bumps got dry brushed lightly with white paint.

Finally a switcheroo of shades was done and the lamps were totally transformed! I like the new shades, they were bought at Target long time ago for only $5.99 each.

 Love the inside pattern on them, and how nice they work with the bright red vases.

I like them! The color, the shades, the bumps, and they go so well in this room!

I'm so glad I didn't get rid of them.


More about this room:
How the room looked before, right HERE.
The direction I want to give this room HERE.
Painted Designs on Floor, right HERE.
Diy Daybed from spring box
Office chair makeover
Old Window Memo Board
Diy Round Mirror
Tripod Side Table
Table Makeover
Black out curtains
Full room reveal



  1. Nunca he pintado el vidrio , y me parece gerencial tu explicación de las capas de imprimación ,, realmente era horrible y ahora es otra ,, roja e ideal para ese cuarto de tu marido dormilón je je

  2. What a fun idea! Cristina, I do not think your guest will ever leave. Your guest room is beautiful.

  3. AWESOME!!! I bought 3 lamps for next to nothing at an auction last week...I know I need to do something with them but never thought of actually painting the cut glass. Yours turned out great. That's what I love about fellow much inspiration!

  4. Very nice Cristina! This is so weird but I have similar lamps that I actually painted red too. I did it a few years ago when I redid my living room. Although I didn't go the extra step with the clay (genius BTW) Love your shades too! They are perfect!

  5. These are magnificent! What a creative idea you had!

  6. I like to try and used what I have too! Great job, the look great!

  7. What a great way for getting a replica of the inspiration for a tiny budget. I love the red color too. Now they really are statement pieces!

  8. Wow these turned out fantastic! I definitely would not have pictured the original lamps after seeing how the bright new red lamps look. What a transformation! Now I feel like I need to get some cheap lamps from an estate sale and copy cat yours! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love your "new" lamps! Beautiful!

  10. LOVE the red! Those glass lamps are pretty common and not very pretty. I love what you did with them!

  11. Love the RED you chose Cristina!!!!

  12. Your lamps are lovely!!! Thank you for the tutorial.

  13. G'Day from Australia! Many thanks for sharing this beautiful idea and tutorial. That lamp looks amazing now!

    If you have a minute to spare I'd be thrilled if you could share this post at my weekly Say G'day party! It's on now and this would be a brilliant addition.

    Best wishes for a fabulous week,
    Natasha in Oz

  14. They turned out amazing Cristina - what a makeover!
    Is there anything at all you can't do???

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