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A Thrift Store Lamp Makeover

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I picked this lamp up last year at The Salvation Army with plans to change the color.  Yesterday I finally whipped out the paint and picked up a new lamp shade.  There have been thousands of lamp makeovers so I won't bore you with the teeny tiny details, but I will share a little something that helped.  I used a paper plate to make a shield between to brass and porcelain.


Once I had the circle in place I secured it with tape and wrapped the cord and remaining base of the lamp in a plastic grocery bag.


The top was easy enough to tape.


Here are the paints I used.  First I cleaned the lamp well with 409 to ensure that the surface was clean and that the paint would adhere.  I applied one coat of primer and two coats of aqua.



I'm still working on filling the shelves with books.  I ordered a stack of books a couple of weeks ago from Half Price Books.  With books starting at $1 you can really stock up.  The curtains in this room are coming down...again.  The blue is just too much and I really want to go back to a clean natural linen look in here.  I know,  you don't have to say it ;).




I found the square shade at target which I adore!  It has a really nice linen texture and looks even better in person.  The old brass finial was one I had in a drawer and it totally adds the finishing touch.


11 comments:

  1. The paper plate is brilliant! I'm so pinning for future reference. Vintage lamps are the best!

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  2. love it!! those ginger jar lamps are so in right now and of course anything with a pop of gold!

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  3. The blue is a pretty accent in your room, and I was cracking up at the little change in curtains! :) Can't tell you how good it makes me feel to know I'm not alone!

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  4. I LOVE the pop of blue in there! So pretty and fresh.

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  5. I just love how this turned out! And that paper plate idea is pretty genius. This room reminds me of one that you would find in the movie "Something's Gotta Give" -- you have beautiful style!

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  6. Love the lamp and the paper plate idea!

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  7. No boring going on here! Love that color! It looks fabulous and I like the paper plate and 409 tips.

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  8. What a lovely transformation! Love the shade.

    -Lane

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  9. Love the color. I have tried to get a glossy finish on a similar lamp but just can't seem to get that glass-like finish.

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