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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Guiding Light

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on May 13, 2016 11:27:55 AM

DIY floor lampFloor lamps come in a several styles. There’s the torchiere, the down-bridge lamp, arc lamp, and your basic floor lamp—the club lamp. 

Lamps can also be very expensive, so when you find one that needs a little bit of work, don’t pass it up. As long as the electrical parts work, you can easily fix up the outside.

This vintage club lamp is probably from the 1940s-50s. It had a faux-marble paper wrapped around the base and the brass was pretty tarnished. 

After removing the paper and cleaning up the metal, I spray painted the entire lamp black, then painted the main pole white.

To give the lamp a younger, more fashionable look, I wrapped Washi tape around the pole. Washi tape is a low-tack decorative tape that comes in many colors and patterns. Choose one to match your décor. You can change it for style whenever the mood strikes.

This lamp originally had some sort of glass shade that fit in the torchiere holder. Since the base doesn’t support a harp, choose a shade that clips onto the light bulb.

For a few bucks it went from “really?” to “wow!”

Topics: DIY projects, Merri Cvetan, home decor expert Merri Cvetan, DIY lamp redecoration

  • DIY Floor Lamp
    Lamps can also be very expensive, so when you find one that needs a little bit of work, don’t pass it up. As long as the electrical parts work, you can easily fix up the outside.
  • DIY Floor Lamp

    This vintage club lamp is probably from the 1940s-50s. It had a faux-marble paper wrapped around the base and the brass was pretty tarnished.

  • DIY Floor Lamp

    After removing the paper and cleaning up the metal, I spray painted the entire lamp black, then painted the main pole white.

  • DIY Floor Lamp

    After removing the paper and cleaning up the metal, I spray painted the entire lamp black, then painted the main pole white.

  • DIY Floor Lamp
    To give the lamp a younger, more fashionable look, I wrapped Washi tape around the pole. Washi tape is a low-tack decorative tape that comes in many colors and patterns.
  • DIY Floor Lamp

    Choose Washi tape that matches your décor. You can change it for style whenever the mood strikes.

  • DIY Floor Lamp

    Choose Washi tape that matches your décor. You can change it for style whenever the mood strikes.

  • DIY Floor Lamp

    This lamp originally had some sort of glass shade that fit in the torchiere holder. Since the base doesn’t support a harp, choose a shade that clips onto the light bulb. For a few bucks it went from “really?” to “wow!”