Fugly Lamp Makeover: The Reveal!

A couple of weeks ago I showed you this Fugly Lamp

And I promised you that I was going to turn this into something that wasn’t fugly. Well, here it is…

Chalkboard painted lamp

It’s no longer a fugly lamp, now it’s a message center after I painted it with chalkboard paint! I’ll write my message then turn on the light so they notice it. In other words if the lights on, there’s a message!

Turning this lamp from fugly to fantastic was very easy.  First I wiped it clean, then I primed it with this…

Zinsser Primer

Zinsser Primer

After that dried, I painted it with 3 coats of this…

Krylon Chalkboard Paint

Krylon Chalkboard Paint in Black

It was already looking a 1000 times better…

Step 1 paint with chalkboard paint

After the chalkboard paint dried for a few weeks days, I turned a piece of chalk on its side and rubbed it over the lamp. Then I wiped it all off with a dry cloth. This is done to seal the chalkboard paint. That way whatever you write on it with chalk will erase off and leave no marks.

Step 2 rub with chalk to seal paint

Then I added the lampshade and wrapped some twine around it as an accent and to hold the chalk. And voila! Let’s take another look at it…

Chalkboard painted lamp

Here are some close-ups…

Chalkboard painted lamp close-up1

Chalkboard painted lamp close-up3

About the little itsy bitsy excuse for a piece of chalk…I have a box of brand new chalk laying somewhere around the house. I’m sure it was mocking me as I searched high and low for it without any success. Rather than having to run out to the store yet again or delaying this project another day, I used what I had. Which was this tiny piece…it was just enough. What a little trooper it was!

I also had a really cool lampshade idea in mind for this, but life got in the way. (That project will be a future post!) Luckily, I had one on another lamp that was in keeping with the style I planned for this one. I think it looks better on this lamp than the one I had it on!

Thus the story goes…after its transformation, the lamp lived happily ever after as a cute little message center. The end.

Cheers to all!





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      Peggy Pardo says

      Thank you Kimberly! Using chalkboard paint results in some great projects. I’m always on the lookout for new places to use it!

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      Peggy Pardo says

      Thank you Mary! I’m so looking forward to BYW2! BYW helped me start this blog; now I’m excited about what we’ll learn in 2.0. I’ll see you in class!

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    V cute idea Peggy. Conjures up all sorts of great comment ideas if you think about the old fashioned thing when flat mates would leave the light on to say they “had company” 🙂

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      Peggy Pardo says

      That’s funny Margaret! You’ve just opened things up to a lot of new ways this lamp can be used! 🙂

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    Linda Leyble says

    Wow Peggy, that’s a great idea. Why didn’t I think of that? Maybe because I gave away or threw out my fugly lamps!

    I had transformed a few in the past – one ugly red 70s one I primed it and stippled pearl paint on it and it changed it dramatically!

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      Peggy Pardo says

      That lamps sounds like it turned out beautifully, Linda. Fugly lamps are my favorites. I’m always looking for a challenge!

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      Peggy Pardo says

      Thank you! I’m very excited about the newbie party! These parties are all new to me; it’s great that you do this to help the “new kids”.