Using Jewelry to Refresh Thrifted Lamps

4 Materials
$20
1 Hour
Easy

I'm always on the hunt for a good bargain in the thrift store. I especially love a good gem that can be turned in to glam home decor with just a little effort. I found a beautiful classic lamp that needed a some TLC and decided to used costume jewelry to add a little pizazz to the lamp and I was thrilled with the results.

Here's the before. She was a little worn, but the electrical worked and all the other issues were cosmetic. I began by giving her a good cleaning. Then a coat coat of my favorite gold spray paint.


Most lamps you find in thrift stores can take on a whole new life with just a coat of paint and modern lampshade. If you're a bargain hunter you need to read my best tips for shopping at thrift stores.

I found these gorgeous costume jewelry links in JoAnn Fabrics. They cost me only a few dollars because I combined a coupon with a sale!

I used fishing line to attach the ends of the jewelry to the lamp. All you need to do is tie a simple knot and cut off the excess.

I used three strands to connect the arms of the lamp. If you have a simpler lamp shape, play around with different configurations and use hot glue if you must.

I topped her with a blue lampshade and called it done. This lamp makeover cost me less than $20. Download my free guide on how I decorate on the cheap here.

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Kenyatta Harris
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