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Marble anything with this easy technique!
Upstyle a thrift store lamp with this easy marbling technique! Recover the lampshade, too!

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  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Marbled Thrift Store Lamp - Step 1
    Step 1

    Thrift store lamp (painted white)
    Round wood plaque
    E-6000 Glue
    Americana Multi-Surface Metallic Gold
    Americana Multi Purpose Sealer
    Spray mount
    Clear acrylic spray
    Gray spray paint
    2 yards cotton fabric
    Bias tape maker

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Marbled Thrift Store Lamp - Step 2
    Step 2

    Tie a bag around the neck of your lamp
    Fill a large bin with water
    *Make sure you can dip your lamp base into it
    Lightly spray the clear paint and the gray paint onto the top of the water
    Quickly roll your lamp in the paint
    Repeat until the entire lamp is covered
    *Try this technique on paper before you dip your lamp

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Marbled Thrift Store Lamp - Step 3
    Step 3

    Seal the entire base with Americana Multi Purpose Sealer
    Paint the wood plaque in metallic gold
    Using E-6000, glue it to the base of the lamp

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Marbled Thrift Store Lamp - Step 4
    Step 4

    Iron your fabric and lay it flat
    Remove all of the trim and fabric from the lamp shade
    Spray the shade with spray adhesive
    Roll it along the fabric to cover it and then trim off the edges
    Cut 1 1/2" wide strips of bias fabric
    *Cutting on the bias means cutting at a perfect 45˚ angle instead of on the grain

  • Step 5

    Watch the short video tutorial here:

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Marbled Thrift Store Lamp - Step 6
    Step 6

    Thread the bias strips through the bias tape maker
    Glue the bias tape along the side seam and then around the top and bottom of the shade
    *Fold the ends of the tape 1/4" for a clean finish

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