Green Rookie: DIY Lighting

| 10/16/2009 4:37:27 PM

I recently wrote about great green lighting options for your home.

But I left out one of the best, most environmentally friendly ways to add personality and illumination to your rooms: by making (or remaking) lighting from materials you already have.

Updating the lighting in your home can be as easy as jazzing up an existing lamp. I’m a fan of scouring thrift shops and other places for great old lamps, then remaking them. With a bold splash of (no-VOC) paint, a ho-hum wooden lamp looks fantastic in no time.

thrift store lamp
Purchase an old lamp at a secondhand store and remake it with paint on the base and wallpaper, wrapping paper, or fabric on the shade. Voila! A stylish new lamp in no time. Photo By Kristin Roach/Courtesy Flickr.  

It’s also easy to add personality to a plain-Jane shade. Attach ribbon, buttons, fabric, wallpaper, leaves, photos—you name it. Anything you have lying around is fair game.

Of course, you can also make a lamp from scratch. Lamp kits come with the basic components you need to transform everyday items into functional lighting options, and most only cost a couple of bucks.

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