Inspired by DIY: West Elm
Greetings. I hope your week is off to a great start! We are preparing for our upcoming move to mainland Japan so we’ve been super busy but I’m still making time for DIYs.
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This month’s Inspired by DIY is West Elm which happens to be one of my favorite stores. I had a lamp shipped to me earlier this year that arrived damaged. It’s been living in a cabinet for while waiting for a makeover so the first thing I looked for under West Elm’s website was a desk lamp. I found a gorgeous black and gold work lamp that was the perfect inspiration.
Inspired by DIY: West Elm
Here’s what you need to repurpose an outdated lamp into a swanky West Elm inspired light:
An outdated or damaged desk lamp
Brass or gold craft paint
Small and large paint brushes
Disassemble your lamp if there are any damaged parts that need to be replaced. (I was lucky that I could replace the dented base with a wood one.)
To get the West Elm look, paint the shade black. Use a small brush to cut around the edges or tape off for clean lines. Paint the base black. (I used leftover chalkboard paint.)
After the base is dry, dry brush on gold or brass paint. (If the arm of your lamp isn’t brass or gold, spray paint it with a couple of light coats of metallic paint.)
Reassemble your lamp. (If using a wood base for replacement, drill a hole and secure the lamp with a screw.)
I’m really happy with the way it turned out! It looks much more expensive and compliments my piano perfectly.
I can’t wait to create a DIY Geometric Wall in our future new home. The black, white, and gold look stunning together! I have so much fun creating projects like this that I even wrote an ebook full of them! You can read all about it at Love Your Space. Are you up for a 30 day decorating and organizing challenge?
Let’s go check out what my friends created for this fun monthly challenge!
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Always love black and gold together ( Hmm maybe it my New Orleans Saints s roots.) Always classic, this lamp is a beauty!
Thanks Maggie! I never grow tired of the color pairing either. Definitely classic.
I somehow completely forgot you guys are moving! Good luck!
I love the lamp, great fun to fix something that’s broken (even if it wasn’t supposed to be at first).
lol, right?!? At least it was free. Thanks!
I always think you are going to do one thing and you always seem to shock me! I love this tutorial and this lamp. You always seem to choose things that I think looks to hard to recreate and you make it look so effortless. I love how the lamp looks on your piano.
Oh wow! What a compliment. Thanks love.
This was such a great upcycling idea! Painting it to get the look got you an even better look IMO. Wonderful job friend!
Thanks sweetie! I love how it turned out.
Oh YES! And situated right in front of that gorgeous wall? Absolutely! Beautiful job, Kathryn!
Thank you so much Rachael!! I think I might do another b&W wall treatment with the lamp and piano in our next rental.
That lamp looks incredible! I love seeing all of your ideas for affordable projects inspired by trending items at bigger stores. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks Emily! My wallet likes “the look for less” too. 🙂 These are such fun challenges.