Jazz up Your $5 Goodwill Lamp

3 Materials
4 Hours

I purchased this lamp at my local goodwill and wanted to test out if I can have the same results as I have seen on Instagram

The idea is to spray paint the base black put wet dirt on it, let it dry, then wipe off. The lamp should then look like an expensive rustic lamp base you can find in stores for over $200. So here we go.

The lamp before

I covered the cord and the top part of the lamp, so it doesn't get painted and went ahead and painted. I used black spray paint in matte.

Let it fully dry

I did 2 coates and let it fully dry.

I used wet dirt

Rub it on
This is the look I was going for

Let the dirt fully dry on the base

This took a couple of hours but you have to let the dirt fully dry on the lamp.

Once it's done you can wipe it off with a wet cloth.

Final results are in

I went ahead and got a white lamp shade from target to complement the rustic look and voila. I think this trick would work best with a base that's not already glazed. You could even try this with a pot. This was a fun project and something different to do.

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  • Dianne Chandler Grubbs
    on Mar 28, 2020

    what's the deal with the dirt?

    • Jodi
      on Apr 2, 2020

      I think the dirt is the technique. Sure, you could use other paint technique to get the outcome, but what fun would that be? Play in the mud. It's therapeutic. Plus it's easy & came out beautiful. Now it also has a story, a conversation piece.

  • Deb
    on Mar 28, 2020

    Will it work with old fake brass lamps

    • Karen
      on Mar 30, 2020

      Susan to beef up or change the shape decoupage layers of paper to a shape you like then take Spackle with paint mixed in it skim coat let dry then lightly sand apply more Spackle till you get the shape smooth our sanding then use a wet sponge to wet sand it. Now apply a primer or a 2 in one prime added.

      Google you will find it on a you tube to watch

      Best wishes

  • Susanna Davis
    on Apr 2, 2020

    I think it's amazing and gives me a ton of ideas!!!

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  • JR
    on Apr 2, 2020

    Very nice

  • Sasha
    on Apr 2, 2020

    I love it. Now I will try it with my own vintage lamps. Great job.

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