Thrift Store Lamp Revamp

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Home Decorating Projects

Gotta love it when the title rhymes.  Gotta love it when you find really ugly lamps, really cheap.  Especially when you’ve been on the lookout for this exact shape:

Notice that one is $5.99 and one is $3.99?  The clerk was nice enough to give me both at the $3.99 price.  My mom thought that these would be cool in the right house.  I was embarrassed to have them in my cart.  I even told some innocent bystanders that I planned to spray paint them.  Just in case they thought the same thing as me, and not as my mom.

The next time I was at Walmart, I picked up a can of some interesting color.  You know that DIY means you don’t have to have the same color as all your neighbors, right?  I checked out the lamps on my way out.  They were all an oil-rubbed bronze color.  Not for me, I thought haughtily.  I’m a DIYer.

Home to prep with a light sanding and some painter’s tape.

Prime coat with Rustoleum Clean Metal Primer.  Had some leftover from refinishing our door hardware.

It was done!  It was unique!  It was DIY!  It was…not going to work.  This picture makes it look good.  This picture makes me wonder what was wrong with it.  But it was wrong.  Just did not go with the room.

So I thought some paint affects might help…

NOT.  Gag me with a spoon.  Does that give away my age?

Do you know where I’m going with this?  Guess what color we ended up with…

YUP.  Oil rubbed bronze, same as our refinished door hardware. Same as all the people who bought their lamps at Walmart.  But it looks good.  I found the lampshades at Target for $19.99.  They look really neat when the lamp is on:

What do you think?

I am so happy with how my new lamps have turned out! Now I just need to get some new ceiling lights installed to finish the bedroom off. I was speaking to a friend of mine about this the other day and she told me that I should reach out to an electrician for some advice about how best to brighten up my bedroom with some new lights. Nowadays, you can find amazing electricians that specialize in lighting on websites like so I must remember to do some research of my own.

Anyway, what type of lighting do you think I should go for next? Let me know your suggestions as I would love to hear them.


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