January 19, 2012

Honeycomb Table Lamp

Completely by accident, I found myself gravitating toward a bee theme in the nursery. My inspiration came from the fact that we didn’t know what baby George was going to “bee” until the day of his arrival, and I thought a bee motif would work regardless of whether the baby turned out to be a boy or a girl. 

The first project I completed with a bee theme was the Honeycomb Alphabet Sampler, and yesterday I shared the Bee Happy Pillow I created to coordinate with the crib bedding. Today I’m sharing the honeycomb lamp I created for the space using an old lamp base I had in storage in our garage and a new drum lampshade I purchased for around $10 at Target.

If you’ve never tried your hand at updating a lamp, you really should. This type of project is so simple to do, and the results are always so dynamic! 

To start, the lamp base got 3 nice coats of Krylon gloss white paint. While the base was drying, I worked on my shade.

To create the honeycomb motif on the lampshade, I used my Silhouette to cut hexagon outlines from contact paper. I then adhered the hexagons to the shade in a grid pattern. After that, I sprayed the shade with three light coats of Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze. I have to thank the uber talented Emily from Decor Chick for giving me the idea to spray paint lampshades. I don’t know why it had never occurred to me to try this before! The little black vinyl bee I cut out using my Silhouette was a last-minute addition, but I really love how it sets things off!

And that’s all there was to it!

What started as this sad little lamp base…


…and a plain white drum lampshade I purchased at Target…


Became this!

I love it!

Many of y’all have asked when or if I’ll be sharing a full tour of the nursery. I am in the process of putting that post together now, so you can look forward to the full nursery tour first thing Monday morning!

Oh – and a little birdie told me that if you love the fabrics I used in the nursery bedding, you might need to makes plans to stop by for tomorrow’s giveaway. Just sayin’. :)

Happy weekend eve, my friends!

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Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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12 Responses to Honeycomb Table Lamp

  1. Tiffani Rose January 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    That has to “bee” the cutest ever!! Somehow I missed your other “bee” posts so I am going to check them out now!!

    Tiffani

  2. Francy January 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Okay, the lamp is cool, but I absolutely adore the little brass owls!!!!

  3. Amanda @ Serenity Now January 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Oh, I didn’t know you can spray paint lamp shades either. Very cool! I love how it turned out. Very fun and whimsical, but modern at the same time.

  4. Jennifer January 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    I love this lamp! So cute. But I shouldn’t be surprised the entire room is so adorable! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the nursery tour.

  5. Katie January 19, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    This is stunning! You could sell these and make tons of money on them! I too, never thought to spray paint a lampshade! Great job!

  6. Ellen January 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Its bee-autiful! I love the idea of a bee theme. Its charming and unique. You’ve inspired me to redo a couple lamps at my house – I never would have thought of spray painting the shade. Thanks!

  7. Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants January 20, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    It turned out so well! How did you keep it from seeping under, your lines are so crisp and clean. Great idea!

  8. thesecretlifeofmrsbundt January 23, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    Love this! I have some lamps I’ve been wanting to trash maybe I’ll try this instead with a bird! Thanks!

  9. Simply AJ January 23, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    I can’t believe you did this with spray paint… so awesome! The “Bee” idea and all of your finished projects turned out perfect. AJ@queenofmynest

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