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How to easily update a Glass Base Lamp


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Happy February, Place of My Taste readers!  It’s Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling, a creative DIY blog.  I’m so thrilled to continue being a contributor blogger for Aniko.

Today am sharing one of my first projects on a longtime coming, master bedroom update.  I am sharing How to easily update a Glass Base Lamp.

Updated Glass Lamp

About seven years ago, the hubs and I bought these lovely glass based lamps from Potterybarn.  I loved their simple and classic look… and seven years later, I’m wondering why I’ve kept them around for so long!  They are SO vanilla.  A tan shade and a clear glass base, it really doesn’t get more ordinary than that.

I do not like tossing out perfectly functional lamps and buying new ones, so I decided to give my blah lamps an easy and non permanent update!  Here is what I started with (below).

Original Glass Lamp

I’m embarrassed to say, it’s been about seven years since I took the lamp shade off and really gave these lamps a good deep cleaning.  The back of the shade was pretty dusty, but nothing a little windex and elbow grease couldn’t resolve.

Clean Glass Lamp

I pulled out my gold washi tape stash and ended up selecting a gold and white striped tape.

Washi Tape Glass Lamp

I knew if my husband was going to get on board with this idea, I needed to stay a little more conservative but the stripe added the interest I was looking for, too.

I spaced the stripes about 4-5″ on center around the widest part of the glass base.

Washi Glass Lamp steps

Washi Update Glass Lamp

I also added a thin metallic gold ribbon along the lamp shade bottom.  I’m on the lookout for a new shade due to some damage on the back, but for now even this little update makes a big difference.

Washi Updated Glass Lamp, Delineateyourdwelling.com

What do you think, are you an update or a buy new kind of person?

I shared this little sneak peek of Master Bedroom inspiration on Instagram last week.

Master bedroom

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  1. What a great idea…who says our lamps don’t need to “dress up” occasionally! MIne will now thanks to your great idea, thanks!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Valerie! And I love that when I get tired of the washi tape design, I can simply remove the tape and there is no harm done!

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