Who doesn’t love a beautiful lamp? I do. But I don’t love some of the huge price tags they carry. And since I love a deal I have made it a habit now to search out interesting lamps at thrift stores and garage sales. Here is a simple DIY makeover project for upcycling a thrifted lamp.
Begin with a lamp base that has a good shape. The shade doesn’t necessarily matter – it can always be replaced.
I totally fell head over heels for the chunky gourdish lines of this little beauty and snapped it up despite the slightly steep $8 price tag. All profits from this particular thrift store go to charity so I justified the high price by considering it a donation. Usually I pay $2-$5 for lamps at garage sales.
Wowza!! Just looking at those curves I knew I had made the right choice.
Enter a little spray paint action. I chose white to keep it light and pretty, and because I knew I wanted to embellish the shade.
And miracle of miracles, I actually didn’t screw it up this time and get my usual plethora of drippiness.
Tip: Use many thin coats rather than trying to finish it all in one thick gloppy drippy mess.
Quite a difference!
Now time for the shade. I ditched the old one and subbed in a beautiful crisp white drum shade I had picked up for $5 on clearance at Walmart. To add a little colour I used my hot glue gun to attach some ribbon around the shade.
Attach your shade to your newly painted lamp, plug it in, and light up your life! Total cost $13. I’m pleased.
I think the most fun part of the whole thing is seeing the before and after. I bet this was a stunning lamp in its (1977) day… and now it is renewed.
You might have spotted it sitting on the DIY Chalk Paint Side Table the other day.
It has found quite a cozy little home there. See! Simple project you could do this weekend and freshen up a little corner of your home with some fresh light. If you do, I would love to see some pics!!
What sort of thrifted/upcycled projects have you been tackling lately? I love to get inspiration from other people’s ideas… share please!!
And remember, my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey
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