Lamp Gets a Country Girl Makeover Using License Plates!

About: There is nothing I love more then making something new and usable again that someone else would have thrown out or torn down! And there's no reason to buy new when you can build it yourself!

My new guest bedroom and library needed a reading lamp for the bedside table so, of course, I went thrifting! I found this little dude for only $6 and then went directly to walmart and found what I decided was the perfect burlap lamp shade. From there it was time to decide just how I was going to transform this little lamp into something country and fun! Using two old MN license plates I got to work!

At first I had four plates to work with and I stood them up and tied them together making a rectangle. That was big enough to cover the round, gold base but it was WAY too big for the shade. So I kept the two license plates that were mine (my very first plates ever actually) and experimented trying to bend them. It worked easy! I bent each plate in half lengthwise by pressing them over the edge of my counter. Then, using twin again, I tied them together into a much smaller rectangle and slid it over the top of my little lamp. Then it was time to figure out that ugly base!

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Step 1: Adding the Rope and Completion!

At first I was expecting to make a base out of wood but when I looked around my workshop for some ideas I ran into the big rope I used to hang my window planter boxes and it just seemed like the perfect fit! First I did a coat of paint on the base. (The paint is not perfect I just wanted to make sure that none of the gold would show through any gaps.) Then I used a glue gun and I simply wrapped the whole base up with that big rope.

I am absolutely excited to see this little lamp transformed. All in cost was $6 for the lamp and $12.99 for the new shade at my local Walmart. The twine, paint and rope I had on hand and that was it! I think the lamp fits right in to my little guest bedroom. Not many more projects left now until I finally get to reveal it here on the blog!

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