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.
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. :)
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.
I absolutely adore the way it turned out.