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Thrift Store Repurpose

Take an old lamp and making it into something new, So very easy and affordable
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy
ok so being an unemployed artist, I am always looking for decor items for decorating my home, but have found them to be kind of expensive. So I like going to Goodwill or other thrift stores and look for things that I can afford and transform. I got this old lamp at Goodwill, for $8. It was pretty dirty and had a funky smell to it, and I am sure the lamp part of it didn't work cause the cord looked really scary.
So the first thing I did was take out the lamp part. It was pretty easy considering all I had to do was unscrew the bolt on the bottom. Of course I threw all that stuff out. It was frayed and rusted, just too dangerous to save.
So i have this big hole on the bottom which isn't a big deal, cause well its the bottom and no body is going to see it. I then gave it a really good washing. Inside and out. Dawn liquid soap is great. And let me tell you, it was REALLY dirty. I think it came from a home of someone who smoked cause it was just gross and grimy. Next step is to let it dry.
So as you can see, after washing it the colors really brightened up and the white flowers are nice and clean. I was thinking of spray painting it into a solid color, black, to match the decor items I have in my bathroom but decided not to cause the colors were so pretty. Its the perfect accent color for my bedroom.
So the final step was getting a lamp finial that went well with it. I glued it on the top of the lamp where the lamp parts were and now it looks like a decorative urn. This craft has so many options you can do with it. If you get a plain, smooth base lamp you can stencil or glue on embellishments or whatever! So this cost less than $10 to make! You can put these decorative urns in corners of rooms or under side tables. Instead of gluing a finial on the top you can leave the hole open and put in silk flowers. These would also be good to decoupage. So the sky's the limit with this really inexpensive craft!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Thrift store lamp
  • Lamp finial
  • Wendy
    on Aug 9, 2017

    What a great re-purposing idea! It is a beautiful piece, good thing you saved it!

  • B. Enne
    B. Enne Canada
    on Aug 12, 2017

    good job! I really wished I had kept my ginger jar lamps. I donated them when I could have painted or repurposed them. Oh well, hopefully someone else is benefitting from them.

  • Sunny C
    Sunny C Ocala, FL
    on Aug 12, 2017

    Hello Amy; Thank-You so much for sharing this!!!
    I recently picked up one of these lamps, for a song.
    I Loved the shape of it, and the colors of it, as it is Perfect for one of my rooms.
    I thought about keeping it a Lamp, but that might now change due to You!!!
    Thank-You so much!!! I hope that you have a good Weekend!! Take Care!

  • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey
    Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey Castaic, CA
    on Aug 12, 2017

    How cool! Great share, thanks! ☺

  • Amy Nahirny
    Amy Nahirny Rio Rancho, NM
    on Aug 13, 2017

    wow i have to say that i really like being able to share my ideas with everyone. Hometalk has really opened up a new world for me. Thank you all for the nice comments. you motivate me to do more stuff.

    • B. Enne
      B. Enne Canada
      on Aug 13, 2017

      And you motivate us to try, thanks!

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