Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Potato Stamp Lamp Shade

A few months ago, Jennifer at Dimples and Tangles held a garage sale where I bought a cute little lamp among a few other things.
 *Side Note- We won't fully discuss some of the other things I picked up at the garage sale....such as the chairs in this picture that I bought for only $5 each. I got the DIY googley eyes when I saw them and saw SO much potential to paint/recover/etc. Devin thought I was crazy when I brought them home (but what's new).
Currently they're still sitting in our garage in this same state. I haven't given up on them yet. You never want to hear the words 'I told you so' come out of your husbands mouth.

Back to the lamp. I sat it on the table next to our sofa in the living room and the lamp shade was pretty boring.

Devin agreed that we needed a lamp there, and loved the price tag, but his first words were 'It looks like a golf ball.'

You'll see the irony in this picture in a second.
So in an effort to get creative and not spend any money, I decided I would paint the shade to give it a little pizazz. I wanted something graphic and fun, so I went with hexagons. Am I the only one noticing hexagons everywhere these days? 
Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

I could keep going. I love it. Hexagons are the new chevron and I'm okay with it. In order to get hexagons on my lamp shade without looking completely janky and freehanded, I decided I needed to make some sort of stamp. Insert Potato. The minute Devin walked passed me with some paint, my lamp shade, and a potato sitting on the table, he gave me the 'I'm not even going to ask' look.

If you need to make a quick stamp, potatoes are perfect. They're firm and won't fall apart on you, but easy enough to cut a design through. I cut mine in half and then scored my hex shape into the potato to make sure it looked even and semi- symmetrical. The lines are a bit hard to see in the picture so I threw in some arrows. I may have gotten a bit carried away with the arrows. #sorrynotsorry

My hexagon looked good enough to me so I cut the shape out. I left some of the skin and more of the potato on the bottom so I'd have something to grip.

I used regular acrylic craft paint that I had lying around the house. Before I went straight for the lamp shade, I did a quick run through on a paper towel to make sure all looked good.

I knew it wouldn't give me great coverage but I wasn't really concerned about that...I planned on going back with a paint brush to fill in the shapes later. I mainly wanted to make sure all my hexagons were a consistent shape and size. I was happy with my test stamps so I started stamping away on my shade.
Thirty minutes later, I was really regretting not cutting a larger hexagon out of that potato. 
Once I reached the end, I had an awkward area that I had to freehand.
 I went back through and filled in all my little hexys.
And here was the result. I loved the way the hexagons turned out!

We lived with the lamp this way for a few weeks and while I loved the shade, I still felt like the lamp base needed to be a little brighter. The dark brown base next to our current dark brown couch looked dreary. I had some whiteish/greyish chalk paint laying around so I decided to give it a spin.

Remember how I told you Devin thought the base looked like a golf ball? Yeah now it looks like a golf ball. I couldn't leave it like that, so I ran into to the garage and grabbed some sand paper before Devin walked by again to give me another Judge Judy look. I figured the sand paper would give the lamp a little more depth by bringing the texture out...and If I go off of my husbands golf game, golf balls + sand are a match made in heaven.  He's gonna kill me.

I was LOVING the result after a little sanding here and there.
 Here's the final result! Not too shabby for a $3 garage sale find.
And for the record, Devin loves how the lamp looks now. 

Have a great evening!


  1. It looks like a designer lamp now! Great transformation! I look forward to your next project!

  2. Katy your lampshade came out so great! I love the hexagons and the fun pop of color!! Thanks so much for linking up to Best of the Nest, looking forward to seeing what else you're up to over here!