There are always fun clearance items at ‘Tarjay’.  Always.

I find myself thinking “when I finish __________, I’ll need a _________ to go with/in/on it…I should buy this now since it is dirt cheap.  So, no it’s not the right color and it is slightly damaged…but the price is right!”

Do you do that?

I knew it!  Because you’re smart. 😉

Well this ‘beauty’ came a little beaten up and totally not the color of my dreams (sorry Shea and Peggy).

Lamp Makeover {McCall Manor}

But it was $5.

So it screamed my name….  It would have been rude to NOT buy it.

And I was raised in the south.

So I did the proper thing and snatched it before anyone else could gave it a good home.  That’s right, I pulled off The Great Lamp Rescue!

Lamp Makeover {McCall Manor}

I cleaned him up and bathed him in Graphite chalk paint and clear wax.  He was so happy.

Then to make him part of the McCall family I decided to tattoo him (that’s how we roll around here–not really) with our initial.

On my super-awesome silhouette machine I made a large circle and slightly smaller circle and our initial.

Lamp Makeover {McCall Manor}

The letter and large circle I filled with black.  The smaller circle I filled with white.

Lamp Makeover {McCall Manor}

I then layered the white circle on the black circle and then the M on top of the white:

Lamp Makeover {McCall Manor}

Then–this is one of the very coolest things about this machine–you can choose to print or cut.  If you choose to print THEN cut, it can print registration marks on your paper so that the machine can see them and cut out your printed material.

Cool, right?

Well, I decided to just print this image.

Lamp Makeover {McCall Manor}

To paint it on our newest member I taped the M on the INSIDE of the shade.  When I turned on the light I was able to see the design and trace it with a pencil.

Lamp Makeover {McCall Manor}

Lamp Makeover {McCall Manor}

Once the initial was penciled on, I just took a tiny brush and painted him up!  He stayed very still…

Lamp Makeover {McCall Manor}

Lamp Makeover {McCall Manor}

So the dots are not perfect, but they give him character.  He is a McCall after all, so he must be a character…

Is he a cutie or what?  Would you have taken him home or left him alone and cold on that clearance shelf?



Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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41 Responses to The Great Lamp Rescue

  1. Meredith says:

    He’s such a cutie! I have some older lamps that need a little updating, this is a great idea! TFS.

  2. Your lamp looks amazing and so “high end”! Pinned! I have a plain lampshade, hmmmm!

  3. I like that the dots aren’t perfect! I think it adds to it! Good use of paper too. I am surprised how well you could see the monogram through the shade. Tricky, tricky!

    • hollymcc says:

      It actually showed up quite well, I was surprised as well! ha You just don’t know until you try something. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  4. Joyce Fisher says:

    Hi Holly,

    Hahaha! First of all, I just have to say, your writing style cracks me up! Too funny! I love the story of how you rescued him. I confess, I’m not sure I would have seen the potential. Cool that you could see how fabulous he could be!!!

    Peace, Love and Joyce,

    • hollymcc says:

      Hey Joyce! Thanks so much for your encouraging words. I wonder how this all comes across at times. Glad you get it!

  5. I’ve been loving monograms lately – this is perfect!

  6. Sara says:

    What great inspiration! I am always checking out clearance and now that I have my new Silhouette…..I have a whole new reason to develop an eagle eye for imperfections that make for amazing deals that I can turn into something as cute as your lamp! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I was just trying to think of different ways to dress up a plain lampshade! Love your painted monogram! Great idea 🙂

  8. You did a great job, but I do have to disagree with you on the teal. Teal is the best color ever 😉 But it looks good in black too 🙂

    • hollymcc says:

      Hahahaha! They were growling at me a little… hope you can forgive me as well, but teal doesn’t work well with the flow of my house. I love it other places tho!

  9. Brooke says:

    Totally would have snatched him up! He would look good in my bedroom!

  10. Sarah says:

    Beautiful! Way to rescue a poor little lamp like this 🙂 Love how you applied the monogram, very smart.

  11. Hi Holly! I’m a newbie Silhouette challenger… nice to meet you! I love what you did with the lamp. I always want to get stuff like that at Target, but I always tell myself I will spend more money and time fixing it up than I should… and I am usually right. But yours turned out super cute!

  12. Love your lamp! I agree with you, I would have snatched it up too.

  13. Britni says:

    What a great idea, never thought of using a cutout to trace!

  14. Valerie says:

    Oh yes, he is a cutie! Great rehab Holly. Very classy looking.

  15. Tanya says:

    I love love love monograms. Your lamp turned out beautiful. I would have totally done the same thing. I find myself doing that all the time…..”What could I do with this?….What could I do with that? My problem is having NO space to keep it all. Thanks for sharing!

  16. The lamp turned out wonderfully. It looks so classy with the monogram 🙂

  17. What a creative way to stencil! I should add that I am totally jealous that he only cost $5!! That’s a steal!!!

  18. Kala says:

    What a rescue 🙂 I love it’s classy makeover!

  19. Jessica says:

    Very cute! I would have never thought to do it like that!

  20. Fabulously southern, Holly! I love it when I see someone spot potential in an otherwise unwanted piece. Just love it!! Pinning!

  21. Holly you nailed s lamp rescue with fairly .simple technique you dresses up a dated lamp and gave it a home. Nice Job!

  22. Carrie Hurst says:

    So, I totally would’ve done the same thing. Bought it, thinking I could touch it up and recreate it because it’s only $5! Love it! I love the idea and the monogram.

  23. Mom says:

    You should provide background music for this. I can hear the lamp singing…”You light up my life…you give me hope….to carry on…”

  24. Kristy gd says:

    This is just… so wicked awesome! I love how it came out, what a complete makeover you did, and the awesome way you used the silhouette! I never would have thought of this!

  25. This is such a great way to customize lamps! 🙂

  26. Michelle says:

    Holly I love this! I just took advantage of the lamp sale this weekend and got a “salvaged” wood lamp with a chevron burlap shade. Perfect edition to my craft room. Love how you made this your own.

  27. Alyssa says:

    What a great way to personalize a lamp! It looks gorgeous. Just letting you know that I am linking to this post today from if you don’t mind.

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