For this month's Thrift Store Decor Tour, I'll be painting a thrift store lamp. The plan was to keep this lamp and put it in my new "home" at our recreation property. It may still happen, but I ran into a small problem. More details on that later.
As you can see, there were lamps of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Blue is my favorite color, so I was quickly drawn to this blue one. Do you see one you like better?
This is our Thrift Store Day, be sure to check out all the projects below.
Simple Lamp Makeover
I gathered a few supplies for this simple lamp makeover, including a damp paper towel, a few paintbrushes, and paint.
Clean Your Thrift Store Lamp
Many times, thrift store items are grimy and need a heavy cleaning. Lucky for me, this lamp was just dusty. A simple dusting with a paper towel was all it needed.
As I was cleaning the lamp, I noticed the blue tape. Someone had already painted the brass lamp blue. You can see the paint was rubbing off. I was unable to determine what kind of paint was used on this lamp's first makeover.
Painting a Thrift Store Lamp
When painting a thrift store lamp, choosing the right paint is important. My paint of choice these days is All In One Paint. It's easy to apply, and it adheres really well. If you're a regular around here, you may know I typically use a roller when painting furniture. But for this thrift store lamp project, I chose a nice paintbrush.
Ugly First Coat of Paint
The first coat of paint will be a bit ugly; that is the goal. If you put too much paint on, it will not adhere as well. Allow the first coat to dry thoroughly. In addition, while painting, if you miss a spot, resist the urge to touch it up while the paint is still wet. You will end up pulling off more paint than you apply.
Apply Two and a Half Coats of Paint
How do you apply two and a half coats of paint? The second coat is to get good coverage of your project. The half coat is to touch up anywhere you may have missed.
For that last one-half coat, I recommend turning your project upside down to cover any nooks and crannies.
By the way, don't you love the view from my new deck? I think we're going to have a quick Fall this year without abundant color.
Sometimes Plans Change
As I mentioned earlier, I ran into a small problem. I bought the shade pointed out above. The shade remained at my home, and the lamp went to "the hideaway" for its makeover. When I brought the painted lamp home, I noticed the writing on the shade was brown, not black. Painting a thrift store lamp shouldn't need a plan b!
Refreshed Thrift Store Lamp
I grabbed a shade from another lamp to take my after photo. This shade is definitely too large for the table that needs a lamp up at the hideaway. Here, the lamp is resting on my latest Furniture Fixer Upper project, a damaged nightstand makeover.
I suppose I will need to go thrift shopping for a new shade. What do you think I should look for?
Now it's time to see seven more great makeovers from my friends.
Must See Thrift Store Makeovers
- Painting a Thrift Store Lamp (You are here, thank you.)
- Thrift Store DIY Upcycle
- Minnow Bucket Pumpkin With Dollar Tree Stencil
- Update a Rolling Cooler With Spray Paint
- Updating Fall Thrift Store Art
- DIY Velvet Pumpkins
- Boho Pumpkin with All-Natural Craft Supplies
- Vintage Wooden Bucket Makeover
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.