This thrift store lamp revamp is not only easy, it’s super inexpensive, too!Happy Monday! If you cringed at that statement, I hope you have your coffee in hand. 🙂 If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you probably saw my little “tease” shot of the before lamp. If you didn’t see it, then hurry and go follow me so you don’t miss another project teaser! I’m slowly redoing my gallery/entry wall area, and I needed a new lamp for the table. I bought this thrift store lamp base for $4.99, and the plain white lampshade for $2.50. A steal! The lamp base was an ugly brownish marbled gold/brass color. It definitely needed an update! I wanted the lamp to be simple, yet still stand out. So, I opted for a silver and white base. I spray painted the whole base silver first, and after it dried, I taped off the silver parts above and below the middle section and spray painted that white. I wasn’t sure I was going to like how it turned out and was fully prepared to repaint the whole thing silver again, but I really like the white section! If you know me, you know that I can be indecisive about things. And if you’re my husband, you know I can get bored quickly with decor items. So, I wanted something fun for the shade rather than just a plain solid color, and something I could easily change. I decided I’d try a chalkboard shade, so I could easily match the design with different seasons. That way, I wasn’t “stuck” with a plain solid shade.
I didn’t know how it’d turn out, but I tried Krylon’s chalkboard paint and it worked surprisingly well! I gave it a couple coats, primed it by rubbing a piece of chalk all over it on its side once it was dry, and wiped it off with a damp towel. I then added a fun design for some flair. I LOVE how it came together!
Now, if I
get bored of decide I want to change the shade, I can easily wipe it off and do something else, without having to buy a new one or repaint.
The only small negative with using the chalkboard spray paint is it leaves little black fabric specks all over the shade. It got better after I primed it with chalk, but it really doesn’t bother me too much. It gives it some more texture! And I’m really not going to be changing the design on the shade that often. If you were, I’d go with a chalkboard paint that you can brush on.
I love looking at the transformation. Here’s the before again:
So. Much. Better. It’s so easy to find something old/used and give it new life. It makes me feel more invested in my belongings when I can personalize them, rather than always buying something new. And, the best part is – It’s CHEAPER! Yes, please.
So, run out to your nearest thrift shop today, find an ugly lamp (or any item!) and revamp! I promise it’s so much fun.
Have you revamped any thrift store items lately?
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