Lamp Makeover in 30 Minutes

Easy DIY thrift store lamp makeover. With a little paint, twine and creativity, you can turn an ugly, thrift store lamp into something that will fit any room's decor.
Easy DIY Lamp Makeover

As an avid garage sale and thrift store diver, the one thing I find most are lamps that, if given a little lamp makeover love, could be awesome additions to any room. The options for a lamp makeover are only as limited as your imagination and if you have the materials ready to make your vision a reality when starting this project, you could have your new favorite lamp in about 30 minutes depending on how creative you get, that is!

Before Image of lamp
Not the ugliest lamp but definitely not the prettiest.

 

I have to admit, I am a little obsessed with the lamp section at Goodwill because on the right days that coincide with the tag color on a lot of the lamps there, it is very possible to find a lamp for $1! Yes, a $1, which is exactly how much I got this little beauty for. My daughter was in need of a little lamp for her room and this one met most of our needs. It was the right price (again, a $1), right size but,as-is, was not a good fit for the room…enter the lamp makeover…

Easy DIY thrift store lamp makeover. With a little paint, twine and creativity, you can turn an ugly, thrift store lamp into something that will fit any room's decor.
I forgot to include the tape but, you get the picture.

Materials
* Rust-oleum Ultra Cover Paint+Primer Color: Satin Seaside
* Krylon ColorMaster Color: Metallic Silver
FrogTape or any Painters Tape
* (Optional) Twine

Easy DIY thrift store lamp makeover. With a little paint, twine and creativity, you can turn an ugly, thrift store lamp into something that will fit any room's decor.
Just a little prep work saves on heartache later!

Preparation
Since I was going to need to be outside for this (ventilation, y’all) and the weather was getting warmer, I decided that now was as good a time as any to get this makeover done. The first thing though, is to prep any piece that you are planning on spray painting unless overspray is something you’re going for. The main thing was to remove the bulb and tape over any parts that I wasn’t painting especially the socket (paint and electrical paths do not mix!), switch and the part of the cord that would be close to where I was painting.

Easy DIY thrift store lamp makeover. With a little paint, twine and creativity, you can turn an ugly, thrift store lamp into something that will fit any room's decor.
Just 2 light coats!

Lamp Shade
My daughter and I liked the design of the pattern on the lamp shade but were not big fans of the colors. Since the original pattern was painted on, it was slightly raised from the canvas. We were hoping that the pattern would show through while taking on the new paint color…AND…fingers crossed….it DID! For the shade I used Rust-oleum’s Satin Seaside and it was done in 2 light coats.

Easy DIY thrift store lamp makeover. With a little paint, twine and creativity, you can turn an ugly, thrift store lamp into something that will fit any room's decor.

• Lamp
Next, I moved onto the lamp itself which I had already taped off and prepped. Since my daughter is a big fan of shiny stuff (she’s a girl after my own heart), I used Krylon Silver Metallic. A couple of coats on that baby and we had ourselves a silver lamp…but something was missing…MORE SHINY! I decided the inside of the lamp shade needed some love for light reflection and overall look.

Easy DIY thrift store lamp makeover. With a little paint, twine and creativity, you can turn an ugly, thrift store lamp into something that will fit any room's decor.
For added aesthetic appeal, wrap the cord in twine!

• Cord Concealing
Dry time for the paints required only 15 minutes but, never wanting to have to do things twice because I got impatient, I just let it sit longer. While waiting, I decided to add a little cord concealing feature by wrapping it in twine. Doing this makes the cord look more like a cute little vine rather than an ugly cord sticking out. It also brings our lamp makeover to the next level with relatively little effort. NOTE: Keep from wrapping the twine anywhere there will be electrical contact (e.g. the plug or terminals). Dry kindling is also something that does not mix with electricity!

Easy DIY thrift store lamp makeover. With a little paint, twine and creativity, you can turn an ugly, thrift store lamp into something that will fit any room's decor.
And that’s that! A couple of coats of paint and maybe some personal touches and you can do a full lamp makeover in about 30 minutes or less! Get creative and play with the many color possibilities out there to suit the needs of any room in your house! You can then brag to your friends that YOU made that lamp pretty when they ask about it. Yup, new lamp AND bragging rights! Can’t beat that!

Go ahead, share your thoughts! Have you ever done a lamp makeover of your own or did you try this tutorial? If so, share your projects because I’d love to see what you came up with! As always, thanks for reading and stay tuned for more simple projects!

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