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Are you looking to add to your shabby chic decor, but your budget is tight? I’m sharing this adorable pink faux lamp diy, perfect for a little girl’s room, a vanity table, or even in a guest bath/bedroom. You just need a couple things from the thrift store! So, let’s go shopping! Yay!
Two of the things that I always check for when I’m thrifting, are candlesticks and baskets. Small baskets to be more specific. The smaller baskets are perfect for projects like this faux lamp diy because they often mimic a lamp shade! And candlesticks; well I use candlesticks for a lot of diys!
Let’s get started!
First thing you want to do is paint your candlestick. I love using chalk paint for shiny surfaces because it covers very well and you only need one to two coats max.
The pink that I am using is from my very favorite chalk paint company, 2 Chicks & a Toolbelt. It’s called Sweet 16 and it’s literally the sweetest shade of pink! If you decide to try this paint, make sure to use our coupon code [ECLECTICTREASURES] all one word for our discount!
This is just the first coat, and see how well it covers? Since the original paint was blue, I did end up using a second coat, though. If your candlestick is a lighter shade or it has a matte finish, you could possibly get away with only one coat.
After that first coat, dry your candlestick with a heat gun unless you have others things to do while it dries for about 30 minutes to an hour. I’m always impatient. Lol
I believe this was after my second coat here.
Here is a closeup of the paint. Pick some up HERE and don’t forget to use our discount; [ECLECTICTREASURES].
Let’s move on to our basket!
Using that same pink, but this time using a chippy brush, I painted the basket to match the candlestick.
I did not completely cover it because I wanted it to appear rustic.
The next thing I did was cut some gingham fabric in pink to match our candlestick and basket. This was going to be for a ruffle for the bottom of the faux lampshade, which is actually the top of the basket. After cutting strips with pinking shears, using hot glue, I created a ruffle.
Then I glued it around the top of the basket.
After adding the ruffle, I chose this satin ribbon to go around the bottom edge of the basket, or the top of the faux lampshade. Anyone confused yet? Is anyone even reading this? If you are, I would love to know in the comments. Lol
After wrapping the satin ribbon all the way around the top of the lampshade, I created an awareness bow to give it that extra bit of sweetness.
How about some light?
It is a lamp after all. I had these mini led light sets leftover from Christmas, so I decided to use them for our faux lamp diy.
This step isn’t shown because I got ahead of myself, but I’ll explain and then show you the placement. I cut short strips of the fabric and wrapped the strips around each small section of wire between each light. Afterwards, I glued each piece of fabric covered wire to the inside of the basket.
That pouch was added, too, to hold the battery box. Ha! Thinking outside of the box at it’s finest.
Then our faux lamp was complete! It’s not super bright, but it is enough to provide enough light like a night light. Perfect pretty piece of pink preciousness! I’m a teacher, I had to include some alliteration! Lol
I hope you enjoyed this faux lamp diy and that it inspires you to create something similar for your home! Make sure to join our email family to keep up with what we have going on throughout the week!
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Supplies needed for this diy:
- Tall candlestick
- Small tall basket
- Chalk paint : Make sure to use our coupon code for a discount [ECLECTICTREASURES]
- Mini led light set
- Coordinating fabric
- Coordinating ribbon