Old Lamp Makeover


Everyone loves the SPA experience. However, there are so many things in our lives that get into our way preventing us from going to the spa; time and money being the first on the list.

Let’s face it, the less costliest spa treatments, such us manicure or pedicure, start at $ 50 for a 60 minute treatment, so even if we find time to go to the salon to get such treatment, most of us, cannot afford it on a regular basis.

Two weeks ago I had a pedicure in a newly opened spa in my neighborhood, and I really enjoyed the pampering, relaxation and the ambiance of this new spa. Moreover, I got inspired there, so few days later I assigned myself a project; to rejuvenate the outdated, old lamp that I have been storing in my laundry room for ages. The assignment included finding a “spa feeling look” for this lamp.

This lamp has a story behind which makes me emotionally attached to it, so this is why I did not get rid of this “oldie” in the first place. Due to the space constraints I threw or gave away so many things, but I have always found place to store this old lamp.


For that “spa feeling look” that I was striving to achieve, I found a template (http://www.ellinee.com/blog/diy-paper-orchid/) for creating these beautiful paper orchids, and luckily I came to find a suitable white lamp shade at my close by Home Sense store.

I decided to go with white and light grey for the lamp base, and it took me 20 minutes between two coats to get the painting part done.


I printed 15 paper orchids and trimmed them down while watching my favorite Big Bang Theory show. After gluing them down according to the instruction from the website above, I attached them to the lamp shade by sewing them on using invisible (polyester) thread. So all it took me to between trimming, gluing and attaching the orchids on to the lamp shade was 1 hr and 30 minutes and, as I mentioned, I was watching TV too.
Now that I have this lamp I will recreate this spa inspired corner to relax while doing my manicure and pedicure at home. Hopefully, I will stick to this plan as I think it will save me some money and time too.

I am happy with the project. Let me know what you think. Do you have any project in mind that you could include these beautiful paper orchids? I would like to hear from you.

Linking to: The Shabby Nest; The Cottage Market; Common Ground; Nancherrow; Finding Silver Pennies
Thanks to this lovely blogsite for featuring this post: The Cottage Market
Thank you for reading.


12 thoughts on “Old Lamp Makeover

  1. To my dearest darling Besa,
    Your talent is exquisitely remarkable…I am not suprised because ever since you bloomed from your delicate flower it was obvious your name would be internationally known! With pride and respectful regards Vala

  2. What a beautiful pampering corner! The lamp for sure added that spa feeling look. I wish that my pricey neighborhood New York City spa’s would look close, to your relaxing corner. I don’t think I can make the lamp, but I will definitely create my pampering corner in a comfort of my home. Although, for my project I will have to find a new way to use the orchids. I know that I’m going to save money year around by visiting my corner instead of my neighborhood spa’s, I can’t wait to start!!!

    1. Thank you Alison for liking the lamp makover and for the invitation to share at Fridays Unfloded. I am looking forward to share it this Friday. Have a great weekend.

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