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DIY: An Affordable Lamp Makeover for Under P500

Transform an old and boring fixture into a statement piece for your table

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Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

If you are looking for just one piece to instantly improve your home, you should consider a table lamp. You read that right: a table lamp! A table lamp is important because it can immediately brighten up any space. It also serves as a decorative piece for your side table or work desk. 

For homeowners that want to spruce up an old table lamp, here is a 5-step DIY project worth trying.

  • Choose and print a pattern on sticker paper for the lamp shade stencil! Simple patterns are best for beginners. However, if you feel confident, you can try patterns like medallions or damask. 

RL Tip: Check out http://all-free-download.com/free-vector/pattern.html or http://www.fabnfree.com/category/design/patterns-design for free patterns.

  • Cut out the printed pattern using scissors. For complicated patterns, you can use a cutter or an X-acto knife and a cutting mat.
  • Clean the outer part of the lampshade with dry cloth or use a soft brush to remove dirt. Then, you should stick the cut pattern carefully on the surface of the lampshade. This is a bit tricky, so take your time in doing this. 

RL Tip: Don't press the sticker paper too hard on the lampshade! This way, you can lift and re-adjust the sticker paper if it doesn't lay perfectly flat on the shade.

  • When you're done fixing the pattern, spray paint or paint on the bare surface of the shade. When spray painting, remember to keep 30cm away and spray in a steady back and forth motion for an even coat. Let it dry completely.
  • You can also update the lamp base by spray painting it. Choose a bright color that would complement your lamp shade.

Read the original article ("Stencil Shade") in the December 2014-January 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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