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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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!!


  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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