Winter Beach Lodge Living Room Part 1 (Old Sweater Lamp Shade)



Hello folks…how are you?  I hope this post finds you feeling good.

Thank you, to all of you who sent warm wishes after learning our big fluffy guy, Dude, passed away.

Here’s Dude’s story if you would like to read it:

“Dude’s Apple Tree”

I’ve learned a little something about myself in the last week or so.

When I’m sad, my thoughts naturally wander to things that bring me joy.

For me, being creative brings me inner peace, and happiness.

I thrive when I am set free to create.

Here’s a little piece of what I am referring to…

Old Sweater Lamp Shade

Sweater Lampshade

She’s cool, isn’t she?  Or should I say, warm?

That’s my old sweater on the lamp shade, and my Mom’s “mother of pearl” bracelet on the base.

This lamp is now perfect for our living room makeover.

We’re going for a “Winter beach lodge living room” theme.

After all, we live in Michigan, and we are surrounded by the Great Lakes.

Here’s how it all went down.

On the way home from the orthodontist I asked the girls if they wanted to stop for ice cream.

Luckily for Mom, the thrift store just happens to be on that side of town (sneaky).

This is what I found…

Lamp Makeover {Before}

Huge potential.  I mean HUGE.  This girl is not small.  I could barely fit her in my car.

The lamp shade is actually “burlap-ish”.  How cool is that?  All for $4 (50% off $8=$4).


That night I turned it on and knew instantly that I didn’t like the lamp shade’s “orange” glow.

So, I decided to paint it.  Then I painted it again.  And again.  It wasn’t working guys.

So, what’s a girl to do?

I gave up, and worked on the lamp base instead.

I spray painted it with Rustoleum:

spray paint

lamp makeover base

I loved it, but it needed more umph.

I went to my jewelry box and found my Mom’s mother of pearl bracelet her Brother, Rick, gave to her.

It wrapped around the little base perfectly and it secured just like on her wrist.

Now it will get more attention rather than in my drawer.

I was also inspired at Michael’s.

Turquoise beads were the perfect color.  Fishing wire worked great securing those.

I had twine on hand so I wrapped that around first.

Now we are talkin’!

Hope you like it Mom.

(don’t worry I will still wear it)

Lamp Makeover with Turquoise and Mother of Pearl

Okay…so the base is perfect.  What about the gigantic lamp shade that looks horrible?

What?  Did you say something?

“How do ideas pop in my head?”  You ask?

4 places.

While I’m driving, in bed, in the shower, or blow drying my hair.

Lets just say my hair air dried that day.

Holy cable knit sweaters Suzie.

I remembered a post I read from a very clever gal months ago.  Her name…Beth.

Beth, from Unskinny Boppy gets all of the credit for this idea.

She put a sweater on her lamp shade.  Who would think of that?  Well, Beth would, that’s who.

Check her’s out here:

Unskinny Boppy’s DIY Lampshade Tutorial

It is beautiful.

Thank you, for the inspiration, Beth.

So here’s how I did mine:

I went into my closet and located a sweater I don’t wear.

The lamp shade tried to escape, but I trapped her.

sweater tutorial for lamp shade

sweater lamp tutorial

Lampshade Tutorial
Sweater Lamp Tutorial 2

I ended up gluing both the top and the bottom.

That Liquid Stitch is awesome.

It was tricky to get straight, it’s not perfect, but I love it.

It’s me & Mom, all in one 🙂

It fits right in with our Winter Beach Lodge Living Room too.

I can’t wait to show you what else we have done.

If you examine the photos below closely, you may get some hints.

Sweater Lamp Redhead Can

Lamp Makeover 2

Lamp Makeover

Catch ya next time on Diners, Drive ins, and Dives!

Just jokin…just wanted to see of you were paying attention.  XO

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37 Responses

  1. Jen Marrs says:

    Love it Julie– it is warm and perfect! I loved that you “trapped” her! – Great Trap!

  2. Now hang on a sec… what are you going to do this winter when you need that sweater???
    It won’t be summer forever you know!
    Kidding Red… It is a great repurpose project full of creative craftiness and as always it looks great in your space!
    Bravo girl!!

  3. That is awesome Julie! I never would have thought to use a sweater. Good thing I am a food blogger and not a craft blogger 🙂 Luckily I have you guys to figure these things out for me 🙂

  4. Julie says:

    Awesome idea. You amaze me!!!

  5. Love it!! Way to repurpose an old light and a Gap sweater! I love the embellishments too! And LOL “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives”. Hubs and I adore that show.

  6. Julie, this lamp looks wonderful and I really love that you included something from your Mom on it. It looks lovely in your living room and can’t wait to see the rest of the room. I was paying attention to the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend – pinning!

  7. Bliss says:

    Well I am looking around at all my lamps, and mostly I have stripped off their outer wear and they are down to the wire waiting for some sort of great idea to come to me so I will dress them back up. Perhaps they need sweaters.

  8. What a great transformation – that lamp looks beautiful!! I like your Winter beach lodge theme too, looking forward to seeing what else you do!

  9. She says:

    Ah, this is perfect for a winter beach lodge look! What a great makeover. I’ve admired that lamp that Beth made many times! Can’t wait to see what else you’ve done to get the lodge look in your home 🙂

    • Marcia says:

      Fantastic slideshow! Each photo is an art by ilestf.I’ll keep searching your blog and learn from you might see me around frequently.Have a nice day!

  10. Love your idea! A great way to warm up a room in the winter it adds to much texture to the lamp shade!

  11. Julie,
    I stumbled across your website from a pin on pinterest. I am going to be honest I came by because of your blog title. I too have a redhead who is about to leave for college in 2 weeks and I just love your logo!! Then I came to visit and fell in love with your blog! I am going to be returning each day so I have added you to my sidebar of my fav bloggers!
    I am so sorry to hear about your dog, I hope you are feeling better and getting stronger over the loss. Ok now about the post, I am in love with this so I am pinning it, what a great way to reuse and I love you used your moms necklace too!
    Ok by for now,
    The Adored Home

  12. Julie! Love your lamp and the lampshade just takes it to the next level! Cannot wait to see the entire room 🙂

  13. Meegan says:

    Seriously! Can you get anymore creative!! I L O V E This lampshade. Pinned and shared!! xoxo

  14. Kelly says:

    Looks great!! xo

  15. I’m back! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend. Have and wonderful week, and we hope to see you again Friday 🙂

  16. kristin says:

    Seriously love this!!!!!!

  17. Good morning, Julie! Just popping over again to tell you that I featuring your fabulous Sweater Lamp tonight at Best of the Weekend! Thank you so much for sharing it with us – I love it! Hope you can party with us tonight and have a wonderful Friday. Hugs!

  18. Sharon says:

    What a great lamp! And I love the makeover. It’s perfect!

  19. Wow, this is awesome! Totally pinning for winter reference. Found you through Best of the Weekend linky – can’t wait to explore your blog a little more!!

  20. This is so cozy and warm looking! I have the perfect old cable knit maternity sweater that I’ve held on to forever just because I KNEW it had a re-purpose in its future! 🙂

  21. Satina says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you’ve done with your lamp….given me heaps of ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    • Shane says:

      I like lamp shade redo but the original picture looks so distorted and if you would have taken that same picture with out that dark filter and or lighting, it would show the lamp in a different light. It is wood with a small accent of brass around it. I think anyone is going to see a huge contrast from that photo and the sweater covered one. It is the same windows in the back ground and dark stained table the lamp is sitting on so I know that the lamp looks different in normal light conditions. I’m just confused on why would you use such a dark/dark filter for this “before” photo, then a bright lit one for the after? I guess because the lamp was not so “dark” looking in the first place. 🤔

      • Julie says:

        It was dark out and our house is darker at night. I didn’t use a filter, I just put more effort into my after photos. I used my cell phone and this was many years ago. Try not to put so much worry into it…it’s all good!

  22. laurie damrose says:

    Thats so cool looking!

  23. Ash K says:

    I am planning these days to do something creative with my lampshade…
    What a great idea you have posted. Would help me a lot!!!
    Thanks for sharing. Kudos!!!

  24. Ivory says:

    Love it, love it! You nailed it again. Thanks for sharing.

  25. mari says:

    Love this idea!!!

  26. Lori G. says:

    Yu coud have left it swirled on purpose. Might have been easier???

  27. Ivory says:

    Wow, what a beautiful idea, and I am soooo lovin it!

  28. Nancie says:

    It is so cute! Wish I was creative!

  29. Rosa parks says:

    cute idea

  30. divya sharma says:

    I love your style and that you decorate with a sense of humor! And I really love your “life the way it is” photos at the end of this post! Thanks for being normal!! Must get your book!


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