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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

The 15 DIY The Hardware Store Clamp Light Improved Step \1: Remove all labels and clip off unwanted tags to prepare the light for painting.
Above: Step 1: Remove all labels and clip off unwanted tags to prepare the light for painting.
The 15 DIY The Hardware Store Clamp Light Improved Step \2: Remove the lampshade, paying close attention so that you can reassemble it later.
Above: Step 2: Remove the lampshade, paying close attention so that you can reassemble it later.
The 15 DIY The Hardware Store Clamp Light Improved  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.
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.
The 15 DIY The Hardware Store Clamp Light Improved  Step 4: When the exterior is completely dry, flip the shade over and apply two coats to the inside.
Above: Step 4: When the exterior is completely dry, flip the shade over and apply two coats to the inside.
The 15 DIY The Hardware Store Clamp Light Improved  Step 5: Reassemble the clamp light with the painted lampshade.
Above: Step 5: Reassemble the clamp light with the painted lampshade.

The Finished Look

The 15 DIY The Hardware Store Clamp Light Improved Here&#8\2\17;s a detail of the light on my kitchen shelf.
Above: Here’s a detail of the light on my kitchen shelf.
The 15 DIY The Hardware Store Clamp Light Improved For a look at Justine&#8\2\17;s off white version, see The Soulful Side of Old Cape Cod: Justine&#8\2\17;s Family Cottage.
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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