How to Update a Kid’s Lamp

My daughter's Winnie-the-Pooh lamp is so cute but yeah, I don't really want it on my night stand. So I updated it one afternoon. If I had known it was this easy, I would have done this a long time ago!

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If I had known updating my daughter’s Winnie-the-Pooh lamp was this easy, I probably wouldn’t have waited for as long as I did. I borrowed it from her room early on because the lamp on my night stand broke. So I’ve had a Winnie-the-Pooh lamp to read by for the past three years. Yes, I’m really classy. Guess I won’t be doing any home tours any time soon.

But seriously, it was a cute lamp, so I also had some concern that if I did attempt to update it, it would look seriously tacky. Well, my fears were clearly unfounded. I love my “new” lamp!

Before we get started, there are a couple of things to note. Make sure your lamp base is smooth so the paint will adhere nicely. Take a look at the lamp you want to update and if possible, paint a tiny part that no one can see to see if the paint will look nice or not so nice on it.
My daughter's Winnie-the-Pooh lamp is so cute but yeah, I don't really want it on my night stand. So I updated it one afternoon. If I had known it was this easy, I would have done this a long time ago!

How to Update a Kid’s Lamp

You will need:

DecoArt Satin Enamels paint (I used Seaside Blue)
One lamp shade
Paintbrush

To start, unplug the lamp and wipe the lamp base clean. Remove the light bulb and shade.

My daughter's Winnie-the-Pooh lamp is so cute but yeah, I don't really want it on my night stand. So I updated it one afternoon. If I had known it was this easy, I would have done this a long time ago!

I used a regular paintbrush that I use for my craft projects to paint the base. It was actually kind of addicting to brush on the paint and I almost forgot to take an “in progress” picture. Make sure your brush strokes are even as they will show a little bit when they’re dry. I let the lamp stand dry and then painted a second coat.

In the picture, you can see tiny bubbles in the paint because I shook the container before opening it. The paint is water-based, so you need to shake it gently or else it will look very watery. The bubbles popped and went away on their own so it wasn’t a problem.

My daughter's Winnie-the-Pooh lamp is so cute but yeah, I don't really want it on my night stand. So I updated it one afternoon. If I had known it was this easy, I would have done this a long time ago!

This paint dries to a nice shade of blue that is so pretty. I bought a lampshade that had my favorite tree outlines on them, added it to the stand, and that was that.

My daughter's Winnie-the-Pooh lamp is so cute but yeah, I don't really want it on my night stand. So I updated it one afternoon. If I had known it was this easy, I would have done this a long time ago!

I love how fast this project was to pull together and how nicely the lamp turned out. Now I’m eyeing other pieces of furniture that need an update. :) (*Update: I repainted my daughter’s dresser too. :))

Have you ever updated a lamp before? What are some of your tips?