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DIY Michael Jackson Lamp – Thrift Store Lamp Makeover

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A DIY Michael Jackson lamp for a girls room. Thrift store lamp makeover project using paint and a tracing transfer technique.

I’m in the process of making a few changes to my daughter’s bedroom. In addition to the adorable new desk makeover and the upcycled bench I made, I wanted to tackle lighting.

Since she happens to be a huge Michael Jackson fan, I thought it’d be fun to bring her love for MJ into her room!

Because kids grow and change so fast, however, I wanted it to be on a small item, just in case she changes her mind and moves on from MJ down the road.

Thrift Store Lamp Makeover: A DIY Michael Jackson Lamp for a Girls Room

I usually start with my before pic, but I’m too excited this time, so I’m going to jump right into my after!

A DIY Michael Jackson Lamp Featuring a Silhouette of Jackson on a painted thrift store lamp base

I made her a lamp!! Her very own MJ lamp!

I started with this wooden block lamp I picked up at the thrift store for a whopping $2.60!  Here’s how cheap I am… I saw it one day for $3.95 and thought that was too much.  I already knew I wanted to do this and I knew I was looking for a wooden lamp that had flat sides, but $4 was too much for me?? Seriously, there is something wrong with me.  So I went back a few days later ready to buck up, and here she was marked down just for me!

A before photo for a thrift store lamp makeover to make a michael jackson lamp. The photo is of an old rectangular wood lamp base

I primed her and then sprayed on some Krylon Ocean Breeze (love!!).

Here’s the fun part!  I Googled Michael Jackson silhouettes until I found what I was looking for and then I just sized them and printed them out.

Printed out Michael Jackson Silhouettes to be used in a DIY Michael Jackson Lamp Project

Cut the extra paper off and then flipped them over and scribbled over the back

Printed out Michael Jackson Silhouette to be used in a DIY Michael Jackson Lamp Project

Then when you flip them back and over and lay them on your object (the lamp), you can trace the outlines and it transfers for you. I forgot to get a pic of the outline on the lamp but here you can see where I just traced back over it.

Printed out Michael Jackson Silhouette to be used in a DIY Michael Jackson Lamp Project

Then I just got a small paintbrush out and painted in my lines! You could probably use a Sharpie or paint pen if you wanted, but I prefer the look of acrylic paint.

A DIY Michael Jackson Lamp that says I Heart MJ on a painted thrift store lamp
A michael jackson silhouette on a painted thrift store lamp base
A DIY Michael Jackson Lamp with a Silhouette of Michael Jackson on a Thrift Store Lamp Base

I’m not convinced I’m keeping this lamp shade (in fact, I’m not, so not sure why I’m wording it like that)… I just wanted to get a picture and this was what I had on hand…

A DIY Michael Jackson lamp that says I heart MJ
A DIY Michael Jackson Lamp with a Silhouette of Michael Jackson on a Thrift Store Lamp Base

(please ignore the fact that I taped the top part of the cord to avoid overspray and then proceeded to spray the rest of the cord anyways.)

A collage of three photos showing the after of a Thrift Store Lamp makeover project to create a Michael Jackson lamp

And the best part??  Mrs. Michael Jackson is completely thrilled with it!  In fact, she even drooled, “It is so totally more than awesome, Mommy!!”.

I’m glad, Mrs. Jackson… I’m so glad!

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Landeelu

Tuesday 26th of July 2011

Hi Natalie! That turned out so great! Is it ok if I feature it on my blog on Thursday! I promise to link back. :) Love MJ and love the technique!!

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Michelle

Tuesday 26th of July 2011

Yeah for Michael. Great Job!

Michellehttp://confessionsofaholidayjunkie.blogspot.com/

Gabby

Sunday 24th of July 2011

That is so cool! I have a friend who's a big MJ fan...great idea for a Christmas or birthday gift!

Beth

Thursday 21st of July 2011

I am so excited I saw this! My seven year old is a HUGE fan! I don't have a lamp, but am currently making art for her room, and a MJ silhouette will be perfect!! Love your lamp and thank you!Beth

onlineditto

Thursday 21st of July 2011

I confess, I am a photo-scroller (followed by reader of text) so I saw the whole thing before you mentioned swapping the shade. When I saw the image of the red heart, I immediately thought that a red faux leather shade (homage to the jacket, y'know) would be cute. So many things you could do - neat project.