Thrift Store Lamp Makeover with Chalk Paint

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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.

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Thrift Store Honeycomb Lamp Makeover

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Megan from Homemade Ginger had been looking for a solid set of table lamps for her office desk but didn’t want to spend much money. After diligently looking at thrift stores for months, she found a set of honeycomb lamps that needed some TLC. With some spray paint, a little tweaking, and a modern lamp shade, these lamps look like new ones worth hundreds of dollars!

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Painted Lamps for a Pop of Color

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Angie of Angie’s Roost wanted to add a pair of task lamps to her work area, but the West Elm ones she was eyeing were too tall and, not surprisingly, too expensive. She found a shorter, more budget-friendly version at Target; however, they didn’t offer the bold color choices that Angie found appealing. That’s nothing a can of spray paint couldn’t fix! Angie gave her lamps a paint job “a la West Elm” and says the hardest part of the project was deciding on a color.

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Lamp Makeover a la Pottery Barn

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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!

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Bright Yellow Pineapple Table Lamp

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On a recent visit to the thrift store, Brandi from Don’t Disturb This Groove found a pineapple gold leaf lamp. She had no problems painting over the finish and searched the internet for inspiration. Horchow delivered with an eye-catching pineapple lamp that was just the inspiration Brandi needed! She spray painted the lamp yellow and added a new shade. Here’s what Brandi has to say about her thrift store lamp makeover: “Yellow suits her so well. I love this lamp with its new look. There’s nothing better than finding used treasures then turning them into something new!”

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Silver Painted Lamp

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When Virginia from Live Love DIY found an outdated lamp at the thrift store with a dingy white base and pleather lampshade, she saw the potential for it to become a real knock out. Some silver spray paint gave the base a more modern look and a satin ribbon added extra oomph to a plain shade. Virginia says, “The whole project took less than 30 minutes, and my little $3 thrift store lamp has been transformed into a high-style lamp you would find in any home store for about $40-$50!”

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Red Painted Lamp

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After an unsuccessful shopping trip in search of new lamps for her home office, Jae from Design O.C.D. finally scored a pair of brass lamps at a garage sale for $8. If you’ve been lamp shopping recently, you can appreciate what a bargain this is for two lamps with shades! Jae knew she could make […Read More]

Orange and Gold Lamp

Sita from The Family Room Design Studio fell in love with a creamy orange and gold lamp and knew she wanted a pair of them for her sofa table. She also knew that at almost $500 each they were way out of her price range. Sita found some lamp bases at Target and transformed them […Read More]