Salvage a vintage lamp base from a thrift store, garage sale or your own attic by covering it with decoupage. Mod Podge, a decoupage medium sold in craft shops, is just a thick white adhesive that lets you permanently affix paper into a smooth surface. Use wrapping paper, tissue paper or paper paper to give a vintage lamp base a Mod Podge makeover. Insert a matching shade and turn your old lamp into a conversation piece.
Unplug the lamp, remove the colour and wax and clean the lamp base by wiping it with a damp sponge dipped in soapy water. Allow the base to dry completely.
Cut or tear the newspaper that you want to work with to cover the lamp base. Plan your layout as you go, holding the pieces of paper up to the lamp to ensure you have the ability to pay for the entire base.
Wrap a piece of painter’s tape around the cord where it meets the lamp to protect it from drips. Cover your work surface with wax paper.
Paint a generous layer of Mod Podge onto the lamp base with a foam brush.
Stick the paper into the lamp base and smooth it with your fingers. Paint the other layer of Mod Podge over the newspaper with the foam brush. If the base is big or your layout is elaborate, work in small sections to protect against the Mod Podge from drying as you go.
Permit the initial layer of Mod Podge to dry. It’ll turn clear and will no longer be tacky to the touch.
Paint two more layers of Mod Podge on the lamp base, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.
Seal the lamp base with two light coats of spray lacquer. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next. Allow the final coat to dry overnight.
Replace the bulb and colour and plug the lamp back in.