Dining Room Lamp Makeover

Slowly but surely I’ve been working on improving the look and comfort of our dining room.  Over the last several months we’ve added a rug, mirror, drapes and moved our console into the room.  I also played musical lamps and brought in lamps that were previously in our living room.   The lamps (from Homegoods) have a nice shape and height, but they looked bland against the similarly colored walls and linen chairs.  After seeing Cassie’s (Hi Sugarplum) recent lamp debate and Janell’s (Isabella & Max Rooms) glossy lamp paint job, I decided to paint these lamps to give them some personality.


I just taped a plastic bag over the parts of the lamp I didn’t want painted.


And chose a blue I thought would compliment the drapes.


 I spayed a thick layer of spray paint on the lamps, but didn’t use any gloss.   What a difference!



Then I wanted to see how the lamps would look embellished with some ribbon.  I literally just taped the ribbon at one end because I didn’t want it to be permanent.
I like how the ribbon looks on the shade- but I think the color of the lamp and ribbon is too blue for the room.  I should’ve chosen a color with more aqua in it to compliment the drapes.

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I will probably end up repainting these since it’s so easy to do and there is such a large array of colors of spray paints to choose from.  But I still wanted to show you this project in case you were like me and had never considered spray painting a lamp.




So easy.  And check out all the fun spray paint colors I found recently at Lowe’s.  Now I’m wandering around the house wondering what I can paint next.  You do that too, right?!


  1. February 21, 2012 / 4:10 am

    Hi there- love the lamps and yes, I totally wander the house sometimes looking for things to paint :). Have you considered painting your walls above the wainscoting? Our dining room is navy blue and I love it…the moulding really pops! One another note, I am not sure if you remember me, but we communicated months ago about the color of your hardwood floors…my name is Megan too as a reminder…well, we ended up ripping all the carpet out of our second floor and putting in hardwood and going really dark with the stain throughout the entire house…first and second. I LOVE it, but a total pain in the rump to keep clean (you were spot on about that!). I follow your blog and really like it…You have great style!

  2. February 21, 2012 / 4:37 am

    They look great!! And yes, I totally do that (walk around searching for a spray victim!)

  3. February 21, 2012 / 4:56 am

    Love the new lamps! I too am in spray paint mode around here….must be Spring coming! Thanks for posting these pics – I love the idea of the ribbon too! Hope you had a great b-day!

  4. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    February 21, 2012 / 4:51 am

    They look beautiful! I love the shot of them with the drapes in the background! The room looks so gorgeous!!

  5. February 21, 2012 / 11:20 am

    Great change. Just what your room needed.

  6. February 21, 2012 / 11:54 am

    I love how those turned out! I can't resist spray painting lamps either – so many fab colors out there! Love those new Valspar paints – I haven't seen those yet!

  7. February 21, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    Love them! If you wanted a bit more aqua maybe the color you have in the group pic of colors would work out well. I will spray paint anything not nailed down!!

  8. February 21, 2012 / 12:52 pm

    I also have a navy dining room…which I love so much. The wainscoting looks amazing with it. There are so many gorgeous shades of navy

    The lamps are beautiful. Maybe add a few pillows with navy and blue to your side chairs.

  9. February 21, 2012 / 12:53 pm

    Wow, it really did make a big difference! They are a great shape, but they did really blend in before. I loooove my spray paint, but I've never painted a lamp before. It's on my list of stuff to try. 😉

  10. February 21, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    Wow! I never thought about using the ribbon like that. I have two plain end table lamps that ribbon would look good. Thanks for the idea!

  11. February 21, 2012 / 3:55 pm

    Whoa! I love those lamps!!! What a difference some spray paint made!!! Great Job!

  12. Chic Coastal Living
    February 21, 2012 / 11:18 am

    Great idea to change the color of the lamps! I bet the blue really adds to the already gorgeous room!

  13. Megan
    February 21, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    Frist, the lamps look awesome, the color really pops! Second, new paint colors?!?! Now I have to make a trip to Lowes this morning 🙂 Wooohooo!!

  14. February 21, 2012 / 7:16 pm

    Gosh those turned out really cute! I love that color.

  15. Crissy {house|four}
    February 21, 2012 / 2:12 pm

    They turned out so cute…I love the ribbon accent. I've been working on our dining room as well so I love your inspiration!

  16. Amanda
    February 21, 2012 / 2:23 pm

    They look awesome Megan! love the ribbon too!

  17. Michelle @ Ten June
    February 21, 2012 / 2:47 pm

    I think it looks great! Absolutely love the way you tied in the blue with the ribbons around the shade as well. Great job! And PS. yes… I have major trigger finger when it comes to spray painting, especially with so many great colors out there!

  18. Erin
    February 21, 2012 / 5:21 pm

    I like that blue on the lamps. what if you found a small ribbon that tied in the peacock blue and light blue for the lampshades? then you have the best of both worlds!!

  19. February 22, 2012 / 12:58 am

    Cute. I really like the ribbon touches as well.

  20. February 22, 2012 / 2:23 am

    Oh I so do…I paint everything!!! Seriously half my belongings are a different color than they were when I bought them. I love paint; it transforms anything! Your lamps look gorgeous in a color!

  21. Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    February 21, 2012 / 9:58 pm

    It might not be the right blue, but I love how the lamps turned out! The ribbon is a perfect finishing touch.

  22. February 22, 2012 / 5:06 am

    Love them! What a difference!! How would we ever survive without spray paint? 🙂

    Emily Hewett
    A Well Dressed Home

  23. Stephanie
    February 22, 2012 / 4:08 am

    Love the choice of blue! I am spray painting a toddler bed for my nephew the same color! I like the silver bowl the best on the buffet 🙂 adding some turquoise lumbar pillows on the extra chairs would tie in the color from your drapes as well:)

  24. February 22, 2012 / 12:24 pm

    Absolutely love the way you tied in the blue with the ribbons around the shade as well. Great job keep it up…!!!!

  25. February 22, 2012 / 12:45 pm

    I love the colour of the lamps….I see what you mean that aqua would look good too….but I think these are more unique….but like you said, you can keep them like that for a while, then paint them!

    It is really amazing how just that one little thing can make a room pop!

  26. Allison
    February 22, 2012 / 7:34 am

    I love the lamps, Megan! The color and the ribbon looks fabuous. I really think that blue looks wonderful in your dining room. They pull out that royal blue color that you have in your curtains. Very pretty!

  27. February 22, 2012 / 4:47 pm

    I actually really like the color that you chose..but that's the fun thing about spray paint.

    I think I have an unhealthy addiction to spray paint (not in huffing, lol) but in spray painting everything I can get my hands on!!

  28. Jenny Castle Design
    February 22, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    Beautiful change, love it! so easy too!

  29. CAS
    February 22, 2012 / 3:13 pm

    Great new look! Yep, if it isn't nailed down, it just might get spray-painted! Funny thing, I've turned The Man into a spray-painter, too!

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  31. February 24, 2012 / 7:45 am

    Love the finishing touch the ribbon provides! I like blue, it's a sophisticated color that's not too bright and pops off the neutral wall!

  32. February 24, 2012 / 7:05 pm

    Love the blue! And yes, I walk around my house wondering what I'm going to spray paint next. 🙂

  33. The Zhush
    February 24, 2012 / 3:37 pm

    What?! That is just too good! great job~

  34. September 19, 2012 / 10:20 pm

    I love the lamps…and I know the feeling of lookin around the room and figuring out what to spray paint next. I went on a spray paint rampage last weekend.

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