Lamp Makeover with Greek Key Trim

Hi all!  Hope you had a lovely weekend and are ready for a great week.  I kicked off the weekend with a DIY project that took less than 45 minutes- my kind of project!  I transformed a pair of Homegoods lamps with spray paint and Greek Key trim.  I adore the result.

You may recall seeing these lamps before, because they have been through a previous transformation- that I wasn’t crazy about.  They were initially a faux distressed dull tan and I sprayed them navy blue and added a corresponding ribbon.  But even then, I didn’t really love the result.
I was determined to salvage these lamps and spent some time trying to figure out what color would look best, settling on classic black.  Lately, I’ve been impressed with this black spray paint from Restoleum that dries fast with a bit of a glossy sheen.
After spraying the bases black, the shades still looked too bland.  I remembered seeing my friend Emily (A Well Dressed Home) add decorative trim to her lamps and knew that’s just what these needed.


I ordered several yards of black and beige trim from M&J Trimming.  It’s $8 a yard and comes in a variety of other color combinations and sizes.
I cut the trim to fit the top and bottom of each shade and affixed it with fabric glue.  The updated look is so much better than before!
I like it so much I’m considering adding trim to my bedroom lamps too (also a Homegoods find).

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  1. August 13, 2012 / 11:20 am

    Looks great Megan! It's a classic look and suits your home perfectly!

  2. August 13, 2012 / 11:53 am

    Love the lamp makeover, the trim adds a lot!

  3. August 13, 2012 / 1:10 pm

    I love them! They look like they were bought at a high end design store! Thanks for the inspiration

  4. August 13, 2012 / 1:59 pm

    Hi Megan, love how your lamps turned out really great job they look so classy!

  5. August 13, 2012 / 2:00 pm

    This is great inspiration for my next project. Thanks for posting! The lamps look gorgeous.

  6. August 13, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    This is great inspiration for my next project. Thanks for posting. These lamps look gorgeous!

  7. Jenni
    August 13, 2012 / 3:24 pm

    LOVE THEM!!! I need to find a homegoods near me, you find the cutest stuff there. Love how you transformed them too.

    • August 13, 2012 / 5:16 pm

      I am definitely addicted to stopping in to check out their lamps- most are $50.

  8. August 13, 2012 / 3:31 pm

    The trim is so beautiful, great update! Those hydrangea in the clear vase in between caught my eye as well! So gorgeous. How I wish I could grow them, for now my brown thumb and I have to settle for what friends give us 🙂

    • August 13, 2012 / 5:17 pm

      Me too! Those are from the grocery store:)

  9. August 13, 2012 / 3:52 pm

    So creative, great idea! Love me some spray paint!

    Where did you get the console table? I'm in desperate need of one for under my stairs and love yours!

  10. August 13, 2012 / 3:53 pm

    What a great idea! I love the lamps and console table…where did you get it? I'm in desperate need for a table under my stairs

    • August 13, 2012 / 5:20 pm

      That console table is from Pottery Barn.

  11. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    August 13, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    I am a huge fan, girl. The trim really works so well with the color of the shade as well. Hope you all had a good weekend.

  12. Lili
    August 13, 2012 / 3:09 pm

    that looks fabulous! you always find the great deals and make an amazing project out of it!

  13. Carmel @ Our Fifth House
    August 13, 2012 / 5:18 pm

    I love little updates that make a huge impact! I have some greek key trim I'm planning to add to a lamp shade in my guest room – this post was the push I needed to get that little project done! Thanks!

  14. August 13, 2012 / 11:27 pm

    You sure hit the best transformation of your lamps, love the black and trim on shades. Very sophisticated. What a difference it made. I'll have to attempt something like that as I'm getting pretty bored with lamps we have. Love to be able to make a quick low cost change to anything. So glad you shared.

  15. August 14, 2012 / 3:06 am

    Great job! Luv me some HomeGoods. Did the shades come with the lamps?

  16. August 14, 2012 / 3:19 am

    Oh I love these Megan! I saw several different colors of the greek key trim at High Fashion in Houston! Hmmm.. I think I have the perfect lamp to do this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Stephanie
    August 14, 2012 / 12:58 am

    I liked the blues ones too! But this is very chic and sophisticated. I also wanted to tell you that you might want to try rub-n-buff on the legs of the bench at the end of your bed 🙂 That stuff is the bomb!

  18. emily
    August 14, 2012 / 5:06 am

    Your lamps looks so good — I love that greek key trim! I think I have some lampshades that could use a similar update! And I am totally digging your LOVE sign in the entry! It's perfect there!

  19. August 14, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    Man! Great job…really makes a world of difference!

  20. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    August 14, 2012 / 3:56 pm

    They look great! Can't wait to see a pic of the whole room with them! 🙂

  21. August 14, 2012 / 10:06 pm

    Excellent execution, they are sold bold now! I can't wait to try for myself.

  22. Michelle @ Ten June
    August 16, 2012 / 4:05 pm

    Wow, it's crazy how custom these lamps look now as compared to before. Great easy trick!

  23. Kim
    September 18, 2019 / 8:47 am

    OMG! I love these so much! Now I need to make them! Adding another project to my list!

    • September 18, 2019 / 1:35 pm

      That was an oldie but a goodie!

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