One of the easiest make-overs you can do is to revamp an old lamp. This is how I turned a $10 thrift store lamp into something not quite so boring. I’m loving the “after”!
Lots of times you can find a cheapie lamp at the thrift store, or at a yard sale, with a great base (just be sure to test it to make sure it works before you buy it! You might want to carry a light bulb with you, in case one isn’t available).
This one had such a nice shape, and it was HEAVY. Solid, I tell ya. They don’t make lamps like that anymore (well, unless you want to pay an arm and a leg for it, and you know me–not gonna happen, LOL!)
Initially, I thought I was going to spray paint it black….with some Krylon Dual, which is a paint and primer combined (this duo will save you from having to prime the lamp first).
I taped off with painter’s tape all the parts that I didn’t want to get sprayed:
…..And then I painted it black………….
And although I wanted a drum shade, I couldn’t find one (well, I couldn’t find one that was in my PRICE range….I mean, who wants to pay $40 for a $10 thrift store lamp???). So I found this round, uninspiring thing at Target for about $12.00:
And it looked…..PLAIN and I hated the black and white together.
So I painted it yellow…..But still, that lamp shade did NOTHING for the lamp.
And I’m even more convinced that frequent trips to the thrift store are a necessity, because I picked up this drum shade for only $2.00 at the thrift store just the other day! See??? All the more reason to hit the thrift store multiple times per week, because you never know what they’ll put out!
I wasn’t so sure about the burlap fabric and design, at first:
But after putting it together and seeing how visually interesting it is, I knew I had struck gold! The awesome thing is that if I ever want to change it back to black, I could totally do it for mere dollars, and the lamp would still look amazing (although I’m partial to the yellow).
And actually, I found two of these lamp shades, which is pretty uncommon in the realm of thrift-diving! Finding two of anything at a thrift store is rare! I’ll find another interesting lamp and they’ll probably go on my console table (that didn’t sell on Craig’s List) or on the vintage (thrift store!) buffet table that I am going to be refinishing soon.
So there you have it! A $10 thrift store lamp…..paired with a $2.00 thrift store lamp shade…..and a couple bucks for some Krylon….and you’ve got yourself a unique, chic lamp that nobody else has!
Do you have any old lamps sitting around in your house that could use a makeover? If not, hit some thrift stores and see what you can find to make over! You’ll be amazed what a little spray paint and a cool shade can do!
LIFE shouldn't be financial suicide! Thrift Diving is about finding cheap solutions to life's expenses, via thrift stores and second-hand goods: I paint used furniture and decorate my house with it....my family rocks cute thrift store clothing.....and I invest tons of DIY (do-it-yourself) home improvement hours into fixing up our old 1973 single-family home. Thrift Diving is about turning the "expensive" into the "affordable." Thanks for joining me! Happy Thrift Diving!