Golden Atlas DIY Lamp Makeover: Create and Share Challenge

Wow! It has been quite awhile since I have done a Create and Share Challenge around here! This month I am here with 10 of my blogging friends to share fun lamp updates, be sure to check out all their creations at the end of this post. We were challenged to either create a new lamp, or give an old lamp a much needed makeover. I went the makeover route since I had the perfect little lamp already waiting.

Golden Atlas DIY Lamp Makeover - One Mile Home Style

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So, here is the before of my little lamp. I think I have had this lamp forever, and I have had the hardest time decorating with it. The size was fine, but the dark base and shade just stood out, and not in a good way.

Golden Atlas DIY Lamp Makeover (Before) - One Mile Home Style

Here are the supplies you will need to complete this makeover yourself:
Spray Primer
Map or Atlas Pages

When we finally had a weekend with no rain, I hurried outside to get busy with my spray paint. I taped off the socket and a few inches of the cord with painters tape to protect it from overspray. Using a primer guaranteed that the original dark color wouldn't show through the pretty new gold paint.

How to spray paint a lamp base DIY project - One Mile Home Style

 While the paint was drying on the base, I started working on lampshade. At first I wasn't completely sure what to do with the lampshade, but then the hubby had the fantastic idea of using map pages. I have a small collection of old atlases that have come in very handy for projects (see more: Easy Book Covers,Old Atlas New Art), and they were perfect for this one!

 I began by cutting the pages into 1-inch strips, then one-by-one attaching them to the shade. Paint a coat of Mod Podge on the back of the strip, lay it on the shade and then paint another coat on the top. Be sure to paint over all the edges of the strip to fully adhere it to the shade. And repeat...until the entire shade is covered.

How to makeover an old lamp - One Mile Home Style

Once you have all your map strips attached to the lampshade give it a few hours, or overnight, to fully dry.

Gold base and map page lampshade lamp makeover - One Mile Home Style

Then you are ready to reassemble your lamp and stand back to admire your work!! 

Gold base and map page lampshade lamp makeover - One Mile Home Style

Isn't that gold base just gorgeous?! I have started adding a little more gold into our home, and I am loving the results! (see more: Golden Home Sweet Home Art, Banquet Space Art) It adds just that extra bit of glam to a room (I can't believe I just said that!), it's just a fun extra touch to make a room shine. The atlas page lamp shade lightened up what was a heavy looking lamp, and now it looks right at home on the side table in the living room.

Golden Atlas DIY Lamp Makeover - One Mile Home Style

Thinking of doing a lamp makeover of your own? Pin this image to keep the inspiration handy!

This makeover is a must see! A dark boring lamp gets a fun DIY makeover with gold paint and old maps! - One Mile Home Style

Now, on to all the other fabulous lamp makeovers and projects! Be sure to check them all out, and pin your favorites!

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  1. I looove love love this!!! Something like this would look amazing in our home office! Great job!

  2. Such a cute lamp! I have a "travel theme" in my office where this lamp would look great!

  3. What a great idea! I really love the map shade! Pinning!

  4. I love this update to your lamp! Maps are so hot right now, this is the perfect makeover :)

    1. Thanks Cindy! I keep finding more and more ways to add maps to my decor, they are pretty versatile.

  5. I love this update to your lamp! Maps are so hot right now, this is the perfect makeover :)

  6. I love this! What a great idea to cut strips! And the gold is perfection - I'm a sucker for it every. single. time!! - Rachael

  7. Yay! Great idea!! I have a bunch of old atlas books and this would be a great project for them! Love it!

  8. Love the travel theme! What a great makeover!

  9. Love this transformation! Maps are some of my favorite things to decorate with - would love to try a map lampshade sometime!

  10. Love a great map DIY! I need more maps in my life!


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