Monday, April 8, 2013

THRIFT STORE LAMP TRANSFORMATION


I know these kind of before and afters are all over the internet, but for me they never get old!  Call me weird, but I get excited about seeing the possiblilties in what someone else thinks is junk!

During a quick run-through, I spotted this pair of lamps at the thrift store:


Aren't they beauties?  Ok, maybe not, but I saw the beauty hiding within!  They were still full price-$12.99 each- the day I saw them, which I did not want to pay.  If I had, by the time I got new shades for them and spent the money on supplies, I could have had 2 brand new lamps!  So, I walked away.  I had to wait a whole week for the next mark down day, when I knew they would be half price.  That week was torture, but I just knew no one else would want those ugly lamps.  :)

On markdown day, I was waiting at the door at opening time and made a beeline to the back and snatched up MY lamps!  I'd had a whole week to think about how I wanted to transform them, and here's what I came up with-



I knew I wanted them in the entry, and I thought a big shot of *green* would look great with the black dresser and doors.  I also love the color combo with my new clam shell arrangement. 



After a good cleaning and coat of primer, I sprayed a couple of coats of Rustoleum's Meadow Green.  They seemed like they needed a little more definition, but I'm such a visual person that I had to play around with my options.  I used Courtney's trick of painting tape and applied some Rub & Buff to painter's tape, cut it in narrow strips, and played around with options of where I wanted some gold detailing.


I used a small paintbrush and "Pure Gold" acrylic paint to paint the rings.  Not gonna sugar coat it, they took forever...like 2 1/2 nights while watching shows.  But, I think the extra touch was totally worth it!



As I mentioned in a previous post, the largest drum shade at Target was still a little too small, so after converting the Ikea Jara pendant shade to fit on a harp, I added some greek key ribbon to the bottom.  



Here's a little tip- If you want to add some trim to a shade but don't want to ruin the shade with hot glue, just add one little dab at the seam, and wrap your ribbon tightly around the shade. To finish, secure the loose end by putting one more drop of glue on the end that's already glued down, and press down the loose end.  You'll only have one little drop underneath if you ever want to change it down the road.  The sides of my shade are a bit sloped, so I also used 2 or 3 adhesive glue dots (found with the scrapbooking supplies)  around the bottom to keep the ribbon from slipping.  If I ever remove the ribbon they should come off without leaving any residue.

Just to get a feel of the size, here's a comparison shot with the lamps that I used to have here.  I still love them but have found another home for them.  I like the presence of the larger lamps in the space.


Now, I just need a great sale at RugsUSA so I can get a new entry rug.  That one is over 10 years old and has served it's time.
(Psst...after I wrote this post I discovered that RugsUSA IS having a great sale...there is a large group for 80% off!  I just might have made a purchase-stay tuned!)


All of the lamps in my son's and daughter's rooms are also thrifted transformations.  What about you?  Do you have a love of thrifted lamps?

*Edited to add:  Here's a photo with my new rug-


and I've since changed the trim on the lamps to this fabulous new greek key trim from Hobby Lobby.  Love it so much more!


  


34 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous!!!! You really are talented!! And onc again we have picked out the same thing! Is that Joann's Greek key ribbon? I have it around my bedroom lamp shades. I had to drive to two different stores to get it. I am seriously obsessed with Greek keys. I love seeing the green lamps and the reflection of the painted china cabinet.

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    1. Hi Jackie! Yes, I saw it at JoAnn's but actually bought it at Hancock's-they had the same thing. I had to look a lot too...it was hard to find!

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  2. I love the lamps, they look fabulous. I saw your hutch on Mr. Goodwill Hunting's blog this morning.

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  3. Oh my goodness! Gorgeous!! Love it and love the giant clam shell too ;) xo Kristin

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  4. Nice find!!!! Great job on the transformation!! Love the look

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  5. The size and color are awesome!! Love them against the black, and the hours of gold detail totally makes it! I did the same thing with my trim on the bathroom lamps. :)

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  6. Ooh la la! Gorgeous and I love the pop of green echoing your hutch!!

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  7. Hurrah for emerald! Love them.....the pop of colour is just perfect.

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  8. These are amazing! Well done! And I love that it pairs so well with the green cabinet in the dining room. Perfect pop of green for spring and summer!

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  9. You continually amaze me, friend! These are gorgeous!

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  10. I adore these lamps! What a beautiful job you did. They look like they came from a high end store. Stunning!

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  11. Wow! I'm impressed! They look great! I love that Greek key ribbon. That pop of green works perfectly. Good job! :)

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  12. Gorgeous makeover! I love how you brought those old lamps back to life. They looks so very 2013 and just like something you would find in the stores now. Very smart! Love it!

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  13. Stunning! And the clam shell in the middle is the icing on the cake. What a wonderful way to enter your home!

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  14. I'm in love with this lamp transformation - read your post on my phone and had to come sit at the computer so I could pin it! Great job! PS - a relatively new reader (found you a few months ago via your green china hutch - LOVE!), and just love your stuff!

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  15. Those are stunning! You are so creative and I love all the pops of color in your home.

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  16. Love the green and the gold accents totally make them special.

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  17. Stunning! I knew there would be green...and love the gold. :) I have a lamp addiction, to be very honest. I haven't tried thrifting them so I should do that. The gold is just perfect as a highlight on them ~ I'm sure that took a lot of time. Great job!

    xo
    Pat

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  18. I just painted a huge lamp I found at a thrift store. I love instant change! Your lamps look stunning and so YOU!

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  19. WOW!! Those are GREAT!! Seriously, one of my favorite lamp redo's I've seen! My sister and I love to bring old lamps back to life, it is the first thing we look at in thrift stores! Great job! ~Sonya

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  20. Fabulous job on the lamps! I hate to tell you that we have 4 Karastan wool rugs that we got in the first few years of our marriage, and we have been married 25 years. And the dumb rugs are still in mint condition! I say dumb b/c I sure love the chevron and other patterns that are popular now, but it's hard to justify replacing these all-wool rugs b/c they show no signs of wear! They are traditional and my mantra used to be that if you stick with traditional things then they will never go out of style--but that was before I discovered all these wonderful home dec blogs!!

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  21. I love the lamps!!! I found your blog this week and I just love it!!! Erica
    ericasrunningjourney.blogspot.com

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  22. The lamps totally have the Ooo factor! So how much did the lamps cost?

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  23. I love thrifted lamps too and yours look great! Love the green and gold color combo!

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  24. very nice! I found you through Better After. I am sure I will enjoy perusing your site.
    Georgina

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  25. Genius. One of best transformations I've seen. The gold detailing is good enough on one of the Queen's coaches. I'm going to read you tutorial on changing the spider of a lampshade. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  26. Love the lamps! They are so pretty. I tried spray painting a lamp a while back, and had a terrible experience. My lamp looks OK from afar, but if you touch it, it feels like sandpaper. I don't really know what I did wrong. One of my friends said I need to shake the can longer before spraying (I followed the directions on the Krylon can). Anyway... just wondering -- do you always use Rustoluem? And what kind of primer do you use? And do you sand between? Sanding round lamps like those is so difficult. Anyway... thanks for any tips you can share! :)

    P.S. I'm visiting from Better After. :)

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  27. This is an amazing transformation! One of the best I've ever seen, beautiful!!

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  28. I love the pop of color you added here! Very pretty! I am your newest follower from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully want to follow me back! Have a great Friday! Nicole!

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  29. Such a stunning lamp! Love the green and gold together! Pinning! And I love your blog! Following now! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  30. I keep coming back to look at this wonderful transformation and accessorizing. I absolutely love the work you have done.

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