Thriftstore Lamp Makeover

4 Materials
1 Hour

A bit of paint and a few other items can help you completely transform a pair of thrifstore lamps into glamorous focal pieces.

Good bones

I really wanted a pair of lamps that looked like they were plucked out of a French chateau.

Unfortunately, when looking for a pair of lamps, I couldn't find ones that I liked or they were way out of my price range.

I started searching at flea markets and thriftstores and I found this pair of 70's era lamps.

The color was NOT for me, but I loved the shape. When looking for project pieces, try to look beyond the basic colors and look at the shape & design.

Try to find pieces with good bones.

Paint covers a multitude of sins, like that ugly orange glass!

Prep your lamps

Make sure to clean your lamps before you start. This helps remove years of grime and dirt.

My first plan for the lamps was Mercury glass, so I sprayed them with Looking Glass Spray Paint by Krylon.

Not what I expected

I failed to connect that with Mercury Glass, the orange would still peek thru.

Sometimes projects don't turn out like you planned. That's OK, because you can always paint over it.

Like I said, paint covers a multitude of sins.

If you like the Mercury glass look, you are good to go.

If not, then SKIP THIS PART :)

A new plan

I decided to go in a different direction. I wanted a soft white, but with a bit of texture.

For the texture, I mixed 2 tablespoons of sanded grout with 2 tablespoons of warm water. you can also use baking soda if you don’t have sanded grout laying around.

Make sure to mix it with water first, THEN add it to a cup of latex paint.

You can use any leftover paint you have laying around, even acrylic craft paint.

Paint the glass

Now all you need to do is paint the glass or the parts of the lamp that you don't like.

2 coats was all it took!


I think they turned out beautifully.

They really look perfect in my guest bedroom.

This was a super easy way to recycle an old pair of lamps with just a bit of paint.

The best part is that I have 2 glamorous looking lamps that only cost about $10 for the pair!

For more detailed instructions, hop on over to the blog.

I feature all kinds of lovelry recycling projects and furniture painting tips.

If there is a project that you would like to see posted on Hometalk, just let me know.

I look forward to seeing you over there.


Suggested materials:

  • Lamp   (Thrifstore)
  • Left over paint
  • Sanded grout
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  • Dee Dee on Sep 28, 2020

    The lamp turned out very nice. I think I would have spray painted the base and top as well to give it a more modern look. You were absolutely right to paint over the mercury glass, looks great white

    • A loverly life A loverly life on Sep 28, 2020

      Hi Dee, if clicked on the full tutorial on my blog, you would see that I did spray the base.

      The lamp turned out perfectly for the look I was going for, like it was plucked from a French Chateau [not exactly a modern look] and it turned out just perfect for what I wanted.

      The beauty of the project is that you can customize the project to your home decor style.