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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  • Pat Pat on Mar 26, 2021

    This looks really nice, but how do you clean it? Won’t the dirt fall off onto your table?

  • June June on Mar 27, 2021

    I have 2 questions :) Did you find in time that the dried dirt would come off when dusting ? Did you seal it with anything so as no dirt would come off later even though you wiped it off ?

  • Juli Santa Cruz Juli Santa Cruz on Mar 26, 2022

    You win! Looks amazing and doable. Thank you♥️

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  • Luna Luna on Mar 26, 2022

    Nice upcycle but just use a dry brushing technique with acrylic paint! A lot less mess and you'll be able to clean, even wash, the lamp base when needed.

    • Shawnee Lovin Shawnee Lovin on Apr 02, 2022

      Was gonna recommend the same thing or using a brown antiquing paint

  • Linda Moore Linda Moore on Mar 27, 2022

    Very nice looking