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Lamp Makeover: From Trash to Treasure

May 7, 2016

Jennifer lamp make over ad

I love Goodwill. I ALWAYS find a treasure…..Last week I found this pair of lamps for 8 dollars!. Lamps are one of my FAVORITE things to makeover, too. ūüôā I texted pics to my daughter and told her to look beyond the gold, at the shape and design.¬†Would this be something she’d like in her house? Sometimes it’s hard for people to see what I see…but thankfully, she’s learned to look beyond.

jennifers lamps tall

They were 20 inches tall, ¬†not counting the shade, ¬†which meant they were tall enough to give off good light for the room. I mean, what’s the point of having lamps if they don’t light the room enough?

jennifers lamps paint

She said yes…and I was so happy, because I could see them in her family room. ¬†But, of course, I was going to have to do some work first. ¬†As it turned out, not much, tho.

If you are wanting to makeover a lamp…you may need to prime it first. ¬†(after cleaning any dust and grime off) ¬†I spray lamps with a white primer especially if I’m wanting the color to be true.

But this time, I just went for it. ¬†Always remember, it’s just paint…so, if you make a mistake, just paint over it… You can¬†use spray paint or bottles of craft paints or in this case, I’m used a can of paint I had mixed for another project.

jennifers lamps stripes

Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do? I used a dusty aqua latex paint leaving some of the gold peeking through my strokes. ¬†Then I went over the swirls with a brighter turquoise. But not too bright.

jennifers lamp gold

One thing you’ll want to do if you paint a lamp, or anything else for that matter, is to follow the shape or design of whatever you’re painting. In this case, my brush followed the path of the swirls. It makes the brush ‘work with you’ and makes life easier, and less messy looking. I like seeing the gold thru the aqua paint. It adds a little character.

After I finished painting the lamp, I painted the base. The base was dark, but dull looking and I wanted to keep them dark. So, I added a dark metallic brown mixed with dark brown to brighten the dull brown. It worked!

jennifers lamps base beforejennifers lamps base finished

See the before…just a dull dark brown. ¬†Below, ¬†I added some dark brown to a bronze metallic ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†paint to make a nice dark, but not dull, brown.

 

BTW: Dark Bronze Metallic Paint is Perfect for Dining Room

A¬†friend of mine wanted a brown dining room, ¬†but she was not happy with any of the brown samples she had tried. She finally gave up and just¬†painted the whole room a brown… but it was lifeless. ¬†She came over frustrated, and asked me to help her pick out the ‘right’ brown… I found a metallic brown for her and the room came to life. ¬†It made all the difference in the world. ¬†It is beautiful and so elegant! ¬†So keep that in mind. ¬†Metallic bronze-brown is beautiful on walls. fyi. …..You’re welcome.

jennifers lamps finish

The last step is to seal the paint with¬†several light coats of polyurethane. Used spray. (You can brush it on if ¬†you prefer) ¬†Allow to dry. ¬†Now they’re ready for shades.

Tip: I like to try on several shades from around my house to see what style looks best on whatever lamp I’m working on. ¬†I decided I liked drum shades best. ¬†Once I decided on the style shade, I checked¬†Pottery Barn to find the shade I wanted. ¬†I wanted a bargain to go with my bargain lamp…. ūüėČ ¬†So after checking around, I found very similar shades on eBay for half the price….Needless to say, I ordered the shades from eBay. ūüôā

jennifers new lamp alone

The lamps look so classy in her living room. They add just enough of her turquoise color to the room without being overwhelming. And the shades are perfect!

jennifers new lamp

My daughter teaches kindergarten and so having a cheerful, colorful home is very fitting. Red and turquoise are so happy. And don’t the lamps look perfect in the room?

 

jennifers lamps makeover

Bright and cheerful is what we’re going for…;)

jennifer new lamp rt

I ¬†love how they turned out….It’s a far cry from how they began!

Next time you’re in the market for new lamps remember to check out your local GoodWill, Salvation Army and thrift stores. You’ll be surprised at the deals you can find. And with a little TLC (and paint), create a one of a kind decorating statement. Love…

Jennifer lamp make over ad

 

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8 Comments

  • Susan Gay

    Love the lamp makeover! They look great!
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    May 12, 2016 at 9:45 pm Reply
    • admin

      Oh, Thank you so much, Susan! We like how they turned out, too!

      May 13, 2016 at 10:53 am Reply
  • kay jones

    Hey your lamp makeover is so cool! really admire your wonderful God given talents. Glad to receive the email with the blog. Always enjoy it so much. The lamps do look perfect in Jennifer’s room.

    May 17, 2016 at 10:36 am Reply
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  • Kathryn Griffin

    Great makeover! Thanks for sharing. You are one of the features at The Round-Up from the Before & After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2016/05/round-wednesday-19-3.html Have a lovely week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    May 31, 2016 at 11:44 pm Reply
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  • Grandmas House DIY

    Great makeover! Saving this to my Lamps board!

    June 10, 2016 at 11:26 am Reply
    • admin

      Thank you so much!

      June 12, 2016 at 9:50 am Reply

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