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Friday, March 28, 2014

DIY Lamp Makeover

Written by: Cathy Carroll

Several months ago when we were out thrifting
I picked up a really nice ginger jar lamp.
The lamp was in great shape but needed some updating 
it was missing a shade.
I knew that all it needed was a little makeover 
it would be as good as new again.
Well, the other day I finally got around to 
giving this lamp it's little makeover
I love it.

DIY Lamp Makeover - before and after of thrifted lamp painted with spray paint

This lamp was from the 80's I think or maybe even earlier 
the color was awful.

DIY Lamp Makeover - painting an old lamp, restyling an old lamp

It was totally missing a shade and the gold at the base was quite tarnished.
I picked it up for $5 and knew all it needed was 
a little touch of spray paint to bring it back to life.
I also found this lamp shade at my favorite thrift store for $1.
The color is a dull cream color that just doesn't go in our decor either.
So, it needed a makeover also.

DIY Lamp Makeover - painting an old lamp, painting a lamp shade, using chalk paint to paint a lampshade

Papa spray painted the base with 
Valspar's Satin Spray paint Encounter with paint and primer all in one.
It took two coats to give it a nice coverage.
I love this color and it was prettier than it looked on the can lid.
I then painted the metal base with gold metallic craft paint.
Then I also painted the lamp shade with my DIY white chalk paint.
The shade took two coats.
I was a little afraid to paint the shade.
But, then I decided if you can paint upholstery you can paint a lampshade
I would only be out $1.
The shade is actually a very nubby linen and kept its texture even after being painted.
I love how it turned out.

DIY Lamp Shade - spray painting a lamp, using chalk paint on a lamp shade, painting a lamp

What do you think?
Now, I have a beautiful lamp that matches our decor
all for only $6 - can't beat that.

What have you thrifted and updated lately?
Did you have any hesitations?
Tell us about it in the comments below.

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  1. Cathy, your lamp makeover caught my eye over at the Junkin Joe party - what a difference! I love the color you choose too - it looks so fresh and new.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  2. I love that shade of blue, and I never would have thought to use chalk paint on a shade. Great makeover! :)

  3. I have painted lots of lamp bases, but never thought to do a shade! Great idea and it looks great!

  4. Hi Cathy! I love the blue. What a great idea, this has opened up a whole new world of lamp shopping for me. I always see lamps at Goodwill that have a great shape but the color isn't always great, now I have a solution to that. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I really have to try painting lamp shades in our "guestroom" - I have been afraid to do it, but your work looks so great, so I think it could be done decent way in here, too. Have to check where I am able to get chalk paint.

  6. I love how this turned out! The blue color is gorgeous with the gold base!

  7. I'm in the process of painting a lamp - and can't decide which color to use - love what you chose - and love the gold base.
    Beautiful job Cathy
    ( you're a no reply blogger in case you're interested lol)

  8. This is so lovely, Cathy! I'm a big fan of ginger jars and have many in the forms of lamps, vases, cookie jars, etc. Such a pretty blue you chose! Visiting from Silver Pennies today - have a great Sunday.

  9. Love the new color! So pretty.

  10. The blue with the gold base is perfect!

  11. It looks fantastic! I never would have thought to paint the shade. I am so going to try that. I just bought a base that I like (through out the shade). Now I can just look for the right shape and then paint it the right color! Blessings, Diana
    Adirondack Girl @ Heart

  12. Great transformation. It's amazing what paint can do.

    Shannon ~

  13. What a difference! I love the bright blue! What a simple and beautiful update :) Thank you so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE!

  14. That lamp makeover looks great! Pinning. Thanks for linking up w/ the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party

  15. love that color! such a simple idea and I think i have a couple lamps here that need updating!!

  16. Glad I found you on Kathewithane today. All for $6..that's incredible what you did and inspired me to look at old lamps with a different eye.

  17. That gold that you left at the bottom, looks perfect. I would love for you to share on my Chic By You Link Party @ Hope to see you there!

  18. I love the blue color. Great work! Thank you for sharing at our link it or lump it party!
    Amy @ Delineate Your Dwelling

  19. Hi Cathy,

    Your lamp is SO MUCH BETTER than that ugly original version. Hugs, Lynnie

  20. This is beautiful. What a great change.

  21. it's amazing what just a little paint can do to a lamp! it looks amazing!

  22. Turned out really great, looks like a brand new lamp!

  23. Love the color it looks so good! Thanks so much for linking this up to The Friday Frenzy!

  24. Hi Cathy, I really love the color it looks great! Thanks for sharing at the My Favorite Things Party last week. Hope to see you again tomorrow. Theresa @DearCreatives

  25. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful project on The Inspiration Board at homework. You were featured in the spotlight!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    carolyn ~ homework

  26. Nice job upcycling an old lamp! Love the color. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend! ~Deborah

  27. As always, you have a wonderful idea here! I love the color transformation. My sister loves collecting stuff and changing its color and design to make it more awesome. The DIY lamp makeover is brilliant! Exquisite!

    Sebastian Chuter

  28. I LOVE your "new" lamp....looks absolutely amazing!

  29. We are currently addicted to spray paint as well but haven't quite gotten around to painting any lamp shades. I think we will try that next. Your "re-do" lamps look incredible.