This project began over a year ago, when I moved into my new house in Oakland, CA. Oh, how things have changed since then. I found this white standing lamp in the shed in the backyard. It was filthy, but it was in decent shape, save for some chipping paint around the base of the stand. She stood straight and worked when she she was plugged in, so I decided to salvage her.
I cleaned her up and then sanded the base where they paint had chipped, so I’d have a smooth surface to work with and then I decided that instead of repainting her, I’d do something a little more interesting. So, I pulled out my Mod Podge and my reserve of magazine clippings and crafted a plan for decoupaging that bad boy.
I’m a collector of magazines words and images, as evidenced from these other fun projects: Handmade Word Art Cards, so I always have a ton of stuff on hand. The great thing about using magazines is that they’re free, I have an endless supply and I can weed through them while I’m watching TV at night.
I used mostly words and followed no theme. If you were to actually sit down and read the stuff on here, it would make absolutely zero sense, but it’s really more about the abstract design, the color, the non-melodic pattern, etc. I threw in a few images, stickers, flowers and craft paper to fill in any small gaps or large holes.
To paste the magazine images to the lamp, I used the Mod Podge both as glue and then as a sealant.
After the entire lamp was covered, I painted the entire thing with another two coats of Mod Podge.
The lamp was missing the shade when I discovered it, so I found an affordable oversized drum lamp shade at Ikea to replace the missing one. Brand. New. Lamp. All hail the inspired upcycle.