Easy Thrifted Lamp Makeover

7 Materials
2 Days

Y’all I’ve been obsessing over these earthenware lamps I’ve been seeing at Pottery Barn and Anthropologie. I shared some of them with you earlier this week on 17 Farmhouse Decor Trends. So do you know what I did? I searched for a similar shaped lamp while thrifting and here’s what happened. Here is an Easy Thrifted Lamp Makeover using a Goodwill $7.00 lamp to create a Pottery Barn knock off earthenware look. This update was achieved for a fraction of the cost of a new lamp.

I was thrilled with the size and shape of this $7.00 lamp

First, the lamp

You need to have an idea of what you want before going thrifting. So I studied and make screen shots of the lamps I liked.

Some times, I think “this was meant to be”! I walked right into my local Goodwill and immediately spotted this lamp.

Thrifted Lamp Makeover

The first step, is to add some texture. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use Rust-oleum Textured Spray Paint to cover the entire surface.

I was planning as I went but here are the things I used.

  • Rust-oleum Textured Spray Paint
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Chalk Paint – 3 colors of your choice
  • Finishing Wax Dark & Clear or Satin Clear Sealant
  • Plastic Spatula or trowel
  • Chip Brushes
  • Small Metal Trowel
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper

Using a chip brush add a thin layer of Plaster of Paris over the entire surface and let dry.

Next, using the plastic spatula apply a coat of thicker plaster over the entire surface.

Then, once the plaster is set, you can use a light grit sand paper to smooth any rough edges.

It’s best to do this while the plaster is still drying because it’s easier to work with and you avoid all the dust. I sanded after the plaster had set for approx. 20 minutes.

The next step will depend on what exact finish you like. I had two different inspiration lamps in mind as I worked on this project. One from Pottery Barn with all the texture and the other from Anthropologie with the colors. So I did a mix of both.

I painted the base with Graphite Chalk Paint. From there up to just over 1/2 way, I used a gray ( French Linen) Chalk Paint.

Then using the Old White Chalk paint, I painted the top and allowed it to bleed down over the French Linen paint.

Finally, you will want to seal the surface of your lamp. I used a mixture of Clear and Dark Annie Sloan Wax because I wanted to allow some of the dark wax to settle into the trowel marks and add depth to the texture of the Plaster of Paris finish.

If you don’t want to darken your lamp, you should use the clear wax alone or use a spray sealant such as Rust-0lenum Clear Sealer in a satin finish.

Thrifted Lamp Makeover Final reveal

How do you like it? I love the texture and the colors. Still not sure about the lamp shade but I have my receipt. LOL

If you'd like some Tips on Successful Thrift Store Shopping, click here.

Resources for this project:
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Rachel The Ponds Farmhouse
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
3 of 4 questions
  • Bee Bee on Feb 20, 2021

    Is there A reason for using the Rust-Oleum on it before you put the plaster of Paris on? The plaster of Paris is very textured and it completely covers up the Rust-Oleum, so just wondered if you have to do that step before you do the plaster of Paris?

  • Steff Blue Eyes Steff Blue Eyes on Feb 25, 2021

    Not a question, just a compliment, you are amazing. Well yes, also a question: How did you know to use all those products to achieve the look you wanted? You have so much patience. Thanks for the inspiration.


  • Sandra Sandra on Oct 07, 2022

    Did you keep the shade. For the lamp, I liked the look of that shade. You did a great job.

Join the conversation
3 of 25 comments
  • 17335038 17335038 on Jul 26, 2022

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Mit71833653 Mit71833653 on Oct 29, 2022

    I love the look but my plaster of paris is wanting to peel away from my lamp. I started with painting with a hammered spray paint. then thin coat of plaster and finally a thicker coat of plaster before painting with a chalk paint. any suggestions?

    • I’m not sure why that happened. Was the original lamp ceramic? If so it may have had a high gloss finish that isn’t adhering to but it should have. Mine was ceramic and I’ve not had a problem . I’m sorry you’re having a problem!