Maria of August Joy Studios scored a bargain on a pharmacy lamp from her local furniture store. For only $30, she was okay with the fact that it wasn’t exactly the lamp she’d been envisioning and had plans to give it the metallic look she was after with Rub n’ Buff. While Maria encountered a […Read More]
Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling fell so in love with a colorful lamp shade from Land of Nod the moment she saw it. She says, “The colors and pattern spoke to me, but the price for a lamp shade did not! I was able to easily create a similar pattern on a thrifted lamp shade […Read More]
Valerie from Home Made Modern had been eyeing a trendy double gourd lamp from Lamps Plus for quite some time but couldn’t quite bring herself to pull the trigger on it. She had a candlestick lamp on her console table; however, it just wasn’t making the statement she wanted. Valerie found a way to turn […Read More]
Jenny from Evolution of Style came across a couple of lamps that both boasted unique architectural bases, distressed finishes… and two hundred dollar price tags! She then came across a lamp base with a similar shape from Goodwill for only $4.99 and knew she could work some magic on it with chalk paint. Jenny layered two colors to create a beautiful weathered effect that also happens to remind me of Restoration Hardware’s delectable finishes.
Laura from Inspiration for Moms wanted to add some new lighting in her son’s updated bedroom for bedtime reading. She found just the look she wanted in some sconces from PB Teen and remembered that she happened to have some old sconces stored away. The only problem was that they were the wrong color and needed new shades. Nothing a little spray paint couldn’t handle! Laura ended up making her knockoff lighting for about $20 total, which is a savings of $350 from her inspiration!
It’s always amazing how a little rope can totally change the look of something and instantly infuse it with a nautical feel. Krista from The Happy Housie took a lamp she had purchased at Wal-mart a couple of years ago, glued a paper roll to the base to thicken it, and then wrapped it with sisal rope attached with some hot glue. It gave the lamp an upgraded nautical look that fits perfectly in her son’s new nautical camp style bedroom.
While on a shopping trip in Pottery Barn, Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage found a lamp and shade that she loved. The bad news is they were quite pricey. The good news is Gina is a pro at creating a “cheaper alternative,” like mimicking a $159+ lamp for less than $10 using secondhand finds. Gina’s revamped lamp is just as lovely as her inspiration but is even better since Gina translated words from one of hubby’s love notes for the script. Oohlala!