How to Makeover Tall Candlestick Lamps

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How to makeover tall candlestick style lamps that are used on buffets and console tables using paint and wallpaper. It is an easy DIY lamp makeover project that can be done in 30 minutes or less.

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.

Lamp makeover ideas
  1. 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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  1. I just discovered your blog. You are amazing! You have so many projects I want to try!
    Best of luck to your hubby with the job situation. I hope it all works out even better than your dreams!

  2. You are an amazing DIY, homemaker, decorator. I receive so many ideas from you. I am posting something tomorrow where I mention you and show something I learned from you.

    All the best as you travel the road of unemployment . . .we are on that road too!

  3. The lamps look great, Diane. You always make things look great with the resources you have. Love your stairs and would love to do the same maybe some day. Right now I think the carpet is better for the little grands that go up and down the stairs.

  4. This is really pretty and I love your makeovers! Hope things turn around for you soon! Sometimes hard situations bring out lots of creativity, your blog looks like proof of that! I’m your newest follower!

  5. Oh my, so sorry about your hubby’s job and that it is taking so long to find a new one. This economy has really been the pits for so many. You have done great with your thrifty decorating. I especially love your guest bath makeover. Keep up the good work and keep your chin up! :)

    1. Hi Kate-

      Thanks. We have been doing OK, but it is hard living in limbo for so long. There are so many others in the same boat. My hubs has been at it for so long he is somewhat of an expert at what to do to find the jobs to even apply for. He has gotten 3 calls this week alone from people he knows who just lost their job and are still in shock and don’t know how to proceed. I think my hubs can start a consulting business assisting them in the transition process.