Burlap Hotel Lamp Rehab

Good Sunday Morning! What a great morning to share one of my popular posts from my previous blog. This project was so much fun to make. I remember after I made this I put in my living room where it didn’t match a thing and it stood out like sore thumb. I loved it! Now, I have in my daughter’s room and it looks great! It should have been in there from the beginning.  Anyway, it’s all great and today I am bringing the tutorial back with very minor updates and changes.  Have fun with it and I hope you are inspired to create your own!


This lamp shade has been the vain of my existence for the past week!!!!! Ha! For a minute there I though it got the best of me buuuuut knowing the stubborn “I got this” attitude of mine – I conquered it after many burned fingertips and two ruined lampshades which ended in the trash! It’s done!

I bought a hotel lamp about two years ago for our dark master bedroom. It was at a great price and it did the job well. To tell you truth I didn’t take the price tag off for about a year. Anyway, so this past week I wanted to give it some jazz and a good punch of color. As I was browsing the Internet I ran into a tutorial from Mama Says Sew Blog and found a great make over for the lamp inspired by the store Anthropologie.

Here we go!!!

Materials for this project: 

  1. Lamp with a lampshade.
  2. Spray paint (Used Krylon Jade Satin)
  3. Burlap
  4. Masking tape
  5. ScissorsThis is what the lamp looked like before.















1. Tape off the areas that you wouldn’t want to see painted.

2. Prepare a work area for painting. Make sure it’s a well ventilated area. Preferably outside. Spray your first coat and give it about 30 minutes to dry. Do this especially if your original surface was glossy like this lamp.

3. Apply a second and third coat leaving about 30 minutes in between each application. By the third coat your lamp should have a beautiful solid color. I painted all the way up the lamp to give that extra pop just incase anybody were to look underneath the lampshade.

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4. I took the lamp shade and painted it ALL! Inside and out! I did this for two reasons. 1. I wanted to see some color besides white through the burlap. 2. I colored underneath because I didn’t like how the burlap looked when I tucked it under.

5. When you are ready to cover the shade,  start slow on the edge of the lamp. Work your way from the top to the bottom.

6. After I covered the entire shade I trimmed it to be even with the rim.

7. To make the ruffles I took the burlap and cut it 2 inches wide. I did this so that when I iron the burlap in half I get one inch ruffles.

8. Start glueing with your glue gun on the top and make a squiggle all the way down to the bottom. Now, take the creased part of your ruffle and follow the glue line. Follow these steps until you have gone all the way around.

9. After I went all the way around once I continued to fill in all the gaps.

10. You are done!

QUICK TIP: After many burned fingers I got smart and decided to use a silicon finger cover. I still felt the hot glue at times but it didn’t sting as much and glue didn’t stick to my finger!


I hope this tutorial will inspire you to get out there and create your own!

In his service,

Burlap Hotel Lamp Rehab



32 thoughts on “Burlap Hotel Lamp Rehab

    1. Thank you so much Mel! It was fun making it and just as much fun sharing it! I am excited to hear that it was featured! Thank you for the opportunity! Enjoy your week!

      – Monica

  1. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

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