Here are the candlestick lamps – Before
I liked the black opaque shades as they provide more dramatic light at night as the light only shines up and down – not through the shade.
I think this foyer looks best at night because of that lighting effect.
But I was ready to brighten the space and decided to spray paint the outside of the shades a glossy white.
After spray painting the shades white – the candlestick shaft section on the lamp looked too yellowish-orange.
I needed to change it somehow, but didn’t want to paint it.
Scrapbook paper to the rescue. You can see the difference it makes in the photo above.
How to Use Decorative Paper To Update a Lamp
This is a very easy and fast lamp makeover that will be done in 20 minutes or less.
- Cut wallpaper, scrapbook paper, maps or any decorative paper tall and wide enough to fit around the stem of the lamp.
2. Spread some tacky glue on one inside edge of the paper.
3. Then wrap it around the base – the glued edge is overlapped on the paper so it will not damage the lamp if you decide to remove it some day.
That is all there is to giving my foyer, candlestick lamps a makeover.
The scrapbook paper is a soft taupe color that looks better with the white shades and the wall color.
Here is what the desk compartment on the sideboard works.
I keep stamps and stationery in here. I also have a few letter writing books to use as inspiration to help me come up with the right words when none come to me.
This is the most formal space in my house – every other room is pretty casual.
I made the mirror when we first moved in and it has been hanging here ever since. I needed something tall since the space is open to the 2nd floor.
When I was working on the lamps the phone rang and I went to answer it. When I got back a few minutes later this is what I found.
My helper, Trax – he just had to check out this new empty surface. He made himself quite comfortable – gotta love him.
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