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The $15 DIY: The Hardware Store Clamp Light Improved

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The $15 DIY: The Hardware Store Clamp Light Improved

April 22, 2019

With a minor tweak, a lamp from the hardware store is personalized—by way of color choice—and elevated. Easy, quick, and useful in every rooms, it’s the DIY every house needs.

Photography by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista.

Materials

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Instructions

step \1: remove all labels and clip off unwanted tags to prepare the light for  9
Above: Step 1: Remove all labels and clip off unwanted tags to prepare the light for painting.
step \2: remove the lampshade, paying close attention so that you can reassembl 10
Above: Step 2: Remove the lampshade, paying close attention so that you can reassemble it later.
 step 3: in a well ventilated area, spray the exterior of the lampshade with a 11
Above: Step 3: In a well-ventilated area, spray the exterior of the lampshade with a coat of paint. Allow it to dry before adding a second coat.
 step 4: when the exterior is completely dry, flip the shade over and apply tw 12
Above: Step 4: When the exterior is completely dry, flip the shade over and apply two coats to the inside.
 step 5: reassemble the clamp light with the painted lampshade. 13
Above: Step 5: Reassemble the clamp light with the painted lampshade.

The Finished Look

here&#8\2\17;s a detail of the light on my kitchen shelf. 14
Above: Here’s a detail of the light on my kitchen shelf.
for a look at justine&#8\2\17;s off white version, see the soulful side of  15
Above: For a look at Justine’s off-white version, see The Soulful Side of Old Cape Cod: Justine’s Family Cottage.

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