How to Re-Vamp a Lamp

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When the title rhymes you know it’s a goodun coming.

So, this infographic has been doing the rounds recently:

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And it got me thinking, I need furniture etc for our flat and British Heart Foundation has furniture and electrical shops and they could do with some money.

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The closest shop to us is in Brixton and here are some of the pieces that I found in there.

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So much potential it makes the DIYer in me itch.

In the end I bought this lamp for £10. Okay, so you could probably buy its sister at a carboot sale for 50p but I didn’t mind spending more as it was going to a good cause.

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So I took it home and Mr. Brown grimaced and I tutted. He has no faith.

I already had some spray paints as I’m planning on spray painting a hellava lot over the next few weeks. So, here goes the steps.

STEP ONE

Before you start wipe down the surface you are spraying and using newspaper and masking tape, tape over the parts you don’t want to spray.

STEP TWO

LIGHTLY and I mean lightly, spray on a primer coat. Let it dry and then spray again. You want an even coverage that isn’t caked on. Let it dry overnight (to be on the safe side).

STEP THREE

Again, be gentle with your spraying methods and do a light coat, wait for it to dry (at least an hour) and spray again. It should only take a couple of coats and then a final one to make sure you haven’t missed any bits.

And there you have it – a brand new light. Now that was easy.

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When picking out your lamp make sure you like the shape of it and ignore any horrible patterns etc.

The lampshade was from here: Delight4u for £9.99

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Unfortunately the flex is far too long so I may have to fork out for a new one. Not the cheapest project I’ve ever done but I like that my dolla went to charity and I have a new lamp. So how about it? Why don’t you see if you can give some BHF furniture a facelift? Take a furniture selfie –  a felfie if you will – and share it. I want to see your amazing creations so share, share, share!

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