I Love Lamp

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Pretty fancy lamp, huh?

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Well, it didn’t always look this way. Mal and I found a pair of them in his parents’ barn and they were a total mess.

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The lamps were covered in a thick layer of dust and cobwebs.

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And completely not working.

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They even had bird poop on them.

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Yes, bird poop.

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But, despite their initial appearance, I saw the potential.

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With a little tender loving care and a special Portfolio Bottle Lamp Kit from Lowes, I transformed these ugly barn lamps into sophisticated master bedroom lamps.

Each lamp repair kit cost just $10 and included everything that I needed (parts, directions, etc.) to rewire and repair the lamp. It was actually fairly easy to do– and I didn’t electrocute myself!

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I ended up buying new lamp shades from Kmart, but, even still, the lamps were very affordable in the end. Let’s just say they were definitely cheaper than buying new lamps, which are weirdly expensive.

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Now, one of the lamps is on Mal’s bedside table and the other one is on my dresser. You can see more photos here.

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So, if you have a lamp (or two) that needs to be repaired or you stumble upon a broken one with lots of potential at a yard sale or flee market, you now know there’s a way to fix it! Happy DIY-ing! 😀

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61 Comments

  1. Nice job! I actually did this a couple years ago with some Goodwill lamps. They are now really pretty and functional and saved me a bunch of dough!

  2. Great job on the lamps! You and Mal sure do a great job at making old things useful and beautiful again! I’m so impressed with your skills…. from the those little tables you repainted to this! Can you come to my house?

  3. What a beautiful lamp!! I tend to look over things that might take a long time to fix so I probably would have not given them another glance. Love the finished product!

  4. Great DIY job!! But I have a question…how on earth do you not have a bedside table?! I don’t think I could function without mine. It has my alarm clock, a lamp, books, and a bottle of water at all times.

  5. That’s pretty gorgeous, great job on the lamp restoration. I wish I had a DIY bone in my body, it would probably do a world of good to our ancient clutter of a gazillion things if I can breathe new life to them.

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