Thrift Store Lamp Makeover

Emily Counts
by Emily Counts
9 Materials
2 Hours

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Giving thrift store finds a makeover is a great way to decorate your home on a budget! I love shopping for secondhand finds and giving them a makeover. When I stumbled upon this large wooden lamp at my local thrift store, I just knew it had to come home with me.

My secondhand lamp is large and even came with a brand new shade (score!) but it wasn't exactly my style. To give it that modern look that I love so much, I painted the base and recovered the lampshade.

This is a thrifty project that is easy to accomplish and doesn't take long, both criteria for me as a busy working mom.

First, I spray painted a metallic brass color around the top where the light bulb screws in. The brass was a great improvement from the old gold color.

Then I covered the lamp base with a primer followed by a coat of satin enamel paint that cures hard and results in a beautiful glossy finish.

While the paint was drying, it was time to update the lampshade. I wanted to give it a little pizzazz and had seen velvet lampshades popping up online.

I remembered a bag of gorgeous blue velvet fabric I scored at the thrift store ages ago and there was just enough to use for my lampshade (don't you love when things work out like that?).

I traced the edge of the shade onto the backside of the fabric and then cut it out, leaving a small overage along the cut to allow for the fabric to fold over the edge of the shade.

I used spray adhesive to adhere the velvet onto the lampshade. I found it worked best to work with the adhesive in small sections at a time.

See how pretty this lamp makeover turned out! And it was such an affordable project thanks to thrift store finds and inexpensive paint.

To complete the lamp, I added a couple of DIY tassels around the neck. I think they are the perfect finishing touch!

If you love this DIY lamp makeover and want to see other thrifty projects, be sure to check out all of my thrift store makeovers on my blog!

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  • Marge Marge on Apr 28, 2019

    What did you do with the edge of the material to adhere/hide raw edge? Not sure how you traced pattern enough to cover the entire old shade. I was thinking of using a lighter material, so light could show through. Would that work? Sorry I’m not very crafty. Great idea.

  • Verlyn Olsberg Verlyn Olsberg on Apr 29, 2019

    Could I just spray a desired color of paint directly onto the shade?

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