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Butterfly Specimen Lamp Revamp

Hey There! Do you have any old lamps sitting around… just waiting for a makeover? I had one poor forlorn lamp from COLLEGE. Let's just say that was a long time ago. Like (gulp) 20 years. I think I bought it during my Laura Ashley phase. The original shade had sort of a english country pattern. But of course I couldn't afford real Laura Ashley products so it's probably from TJ Maxx. The base has been languishing in corners for years and had a lot of wear and tear. TIME FOR A LAMP REVAMP!

Butterly lamp supplies

Supplies: Old lamp base, KRYLON Indoor/Outdoor spray paint in Blue Ocean Breeze, new burlap shade from Target, vintage butterfly clip art from The Cottage Market, straight pins and wire cutters. 

Butterfly lamp spraypaint ocean breeze

The KRYLON paint was great for this job. You do light coats of paint and they dry fast… it says 10 minutes on the can and I think that's right.

Butterfly lamp spraypaint

I taped the heck out of the light fixture part and the cord so I wouldn't accidentally paint them. It's always a problem for me!  Butterfly specimen lamp straight pins

Let the lamp dry. Using jewelry wire cutters, cut the straight pins in half.  Butterfly specimen lamp blue butterfly

Then carefully print and cut the butterflies out. I was sort of taken with how vibrant the colors are. Thank you so much, sweet Andrea. If you don't know Andrea from The Cottage Market yet… go visit her. She is one of the GEMS of the blogging world. Kind, encouraging and very generous!

Butterfly specimen yellow

The butterflies are different sizes…

Butterfly specimen lamp orange butterfly

So just sort of stick them where you like them with the straight pins.

Butterfly specimen green

That's all there is to it. You can gently bend the wings up to give them dimension.

Butterfly specimen lamp shade

Lamp revamp sideways

Butterfly specimen lamp large

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Some of the places I like to link:

Monday

http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/

http://sewcando.blogspot.com/

http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/

http://www.craftskeepmesane.blogspot.com/

http://www.skiptomylou.org/

http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com/

http://craftomaniac.blogspot.com/

Tuesday

http://shoprubyjean.com

http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/

http://www.rookno17.com/

http://funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.com/

http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/

http://www.tipjunkie.com/

http://todayscreativeblog.net/

Wednesday

http://www.freeprettythingsforyou.com/

http://printabelle.com/

http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/

http://gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com/

http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/

Thursday

http://www.yesterdayontuesday.com/

http://answerischocolate.blogspot.com/

http://www.somewhatsimple.com/

http://www.theshabbychiccottage.net/

http://www.houseofhepworths.com/

http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/

http://alliemakes.blogspot.com/

Friday

http://www.504main.com/ 

http://www.mommiecooks.com/

http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/

http://romantichome.blogspot.com/

http://www.chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/

http://tidymom.net/

http://joyfulstamper.blogspot.com/

Saturday

http://www.itsoverflowing.com/

http://www.fingerprintsonthefridge.com/

http://thirtyhandmadedays.com/

http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/

http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com/

http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Sunday

http://www.flamingotoes.com/

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Comments

  1. lovely Malia!!!
    I just used some of Andrea’s butterflies for a project posting later this month! They look so pretty on your lampshade!
    hugs & blessings

  2. How pretty! So springy and I love them on the burlap!

  3. I love this project. I was just looking at some digital butterfly specimens the other day. Thank you so much for sharing this project :)

  4. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday – – you were featured today!!
    –Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  5. This is gorgeous! I just adore the butterflies and the vintage-y look!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  6. This is so cute, Malia, and perfect for summer!!

  7. Wow, that is sooo pretty! Love it! Thanks for linking up!

  8. Hi Malia!! Your lamp is super cute and I just love those little butterflies!! The blue you painted it looks perfect with it too. I just had to featured you today!! :) http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/06/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-52/

  9. Oh Malia this is so perfect! I love everything about it. Thanks so much for sharing at this week’s BFF Open House.

  10. This is such a clever idea! It turned out great too! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you are having a great weekend!
    Michelle
    http://www.delicateconstruction.com

  11. Just wanted to let you know I featured this wonderful creation as part of my link party wrap up!

  12. Sooo cute I love butterflies

  13. That looks wonderful.

  14. This is such a cute and beautiful idea! I love it.

  15. Congrats on your feature. This is such a cute idea!

  16. It’s wonderful!

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