DIY Thrift Store Lampshade Table

4 Materials
2 Hours

After taking a trip to my favorite local Goodwill and finding an old, ugly lampshade, I decided that I wanted to try to make a DIY Thrift Store Lampshade Table. Here is how I did it…

Step 1 – DIY Thrift Store Lampshade Table…Take the lampshade covering off…

This lampshade covering was plastic or vinyl or something, and came off very easily! I just cut it and off it came.

Step 2, Spray Paint….

Once the cover was off and the piece was all cleaned up, I used black metallic oil rubbed bronze spray paint to paint it. Or course, you can use whatever color you want. Gold or white would be fun too.

Step 3, Stain the Top…

I found this 18″ round top at Lowes for $12. I stained mine using a Minwax Classic Gray, but you could use whatever stain you like. OR you could paint it instead of staining it.

Step 4, Glue Base to Top…

I used some E6000 to glue the lampshade base to the top of the table. I then put some weight on it and let it dry for several hours.

Step 5, Protective Coat…

Lastly, I sprayed some of this Ultra Cover Matte Clear on the entire piece (even the lampshade base) to seal and protect it from scratches, etc. I usually use Minwax Polycrylic but I didn’t have any on hand.

Below is the finished piece. This was so simple to make and I love it how it came out….

Suggested materials:

  • Old lampshade   (thrift store)
  • E6000 glue   (amazon)
  • 18 inch tabletop   (Lowes)
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  • SKB SKB on Aug 07, 2021

    One of the better projects on this site. How is this holding up in the weather (rust wise)?

  • Vicky Evans Vicky Evans on Aug 08, 2021

    It’s cute but how did it cost only $12 when the spray containers cost at least $3-$5 each. What was the cost of each item. I saw that the wood piece was $12

  • Mar7469291 Mar7469291 on Aug 09, 2021

    Where did you purchase the wooden table top


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  • Julie Julie on Aug 14, 2021

    I think I'd like to try this, but instead of a round pre-made top I think making a top out of pallet wood would work great. Especially because you can make your own shape. I'll let ya know how it turns out!

  • Teresa D. Teresa D. on Sep 26, 2021

    Love it.🤩🤩🤩