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September 23, 2012

How To Update A Thrift Store Lamp

If you read my blog, you know by now that most of my decor comes from thrift stores. (You can see my best tips on thrift store shopping here.) Thrift stores are awesome for finding cheap decor. If you can get a bit creative and think outside of the box, you can create really unique pieces for your home. 
During my last thrift store shopping trip, I picked up a little lamp for $3. It needed some work, but ultimately I was able to turn it into a lamp I love.

How To Update a Thrift Store Lamp. Check out how easy this is!

When I first found it, it looked really different. There was a handmade pleather lampshade. It was a tad crooked, but I still appreciate the effort. :)

How To Update a Thrift Store Lamp. Check out how easy this is!

I am not one to be easily deterred. So, I grabbed my absolute favorite metallic silver spray paint and sprayed the base of the lamp. You don't have to prime, as this spray paint adheres really well to ceramics. All I did was tape up the electric parts and cord in a plastic bag before spray painting the base.

I said goodbye to the old lampshade and gathered my supplies for the new lampshade.
I decided to go with a simple drum shade. Target sells great mini drum shades for about $8. They are just the right size for smaller lamps. To spruce up my plain white shade, I decided to hotglue some black satin ribbon around the top and bottom.

How To Update a Thrift Store Lamp. Check out how easy this is!

I absolutely adore the way it turned out. 

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  1. This looks great! I love that you added ribbon to the shade-that made the whole project! Pinning!

  2. Great makeover! It looks terrific on your desk.

  3. Snazzy! I always like your classy take on little crafts like this. :)

  4. This lamp went from "throw away to run way" status! Very cool! Kudos!

    I've done over several thrift store lamps too. Never ceases to amaze me how for such a little amount, something can become great!

  5. I'm so glad that I'm following you! I have a couple lamps that I was ready to junk. Not anymore. What a great idea, thanks for sharing:)


  6. I agree with Courtenay, you have such a classy style. Love this!

  7. Well....thanks you lovely ladies!!! Ya'll are just the sweetest! I'm happy to know my little lamp is well-received! :)

  8. I love the raised detail that give the lamp a subtle texture. Great transformation!

  9. Love it! Definitely not bad at all for a $3.00 thrift store find :-) The black ribbon around the shade is a nice touch :-)

  10. Can't wait to try repurposing something by using the silver metallic paint! Love your lamp! As a recent "retiree" I'm looking forward to doing some thrift store shopping...kinda like a treasure hunt activity, lol! Thanks for sharing!!


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