Thrift store lamp makeover

Thrift store lamp makeover {Heather's Handmade Life} Dated floral lamps are transformed into sparkly pink lamps with oversized white shades!

You guys know I love a good thrift store lamp. When I find a matching set, I will ALWAYS buy them so I can get my lamp makeover on. *waves hands in the air like I just don’t care*

Usually, they don’t have shades, but who cares because they’d probably be ugly old shades, anyway. It’s SO easy to paint a lamp — no matter how old or strangely-shaped it may be — and buy a new shade at Walmart for 10 bucks.

Like this …

Thrift store lamp makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}
REFRESHING A $1 LAMP WITH CHALK PAINT

… and if they DO happen to come with a yucky shade, you can always recover them like this …

How to recover a lampshade {Heather's Handmade Life}
HOW TO RECOVER A LAMPSHADE

So when I went thrifting a couple of weeks ago, I did a happy dance when I came across a matching set of two HUGE lamps. Sure, they were covered with a weird floral pattern, but WHO CARES? They were THREE BUCKS EACH, and this place tests their electronics and lamps, so I knew they worked. Score!

Thrift store lamp makeover {Heather's Handmade Life} Dated floral lamps are transformed into sparkly pink lamps with oversized white shades!

I wanted to have fun with the colour since I was making them for my new (not-yet-completed) home office. The obvious choice was my favourite colour, pink, and LOOKEE HERE –> pink lamps are IN STYLE!

Pink, white and gold table lamps

A: Tassel Table Lamp (Cupcakes and Cashmere) from Nordstrom* ($199.55 CAD)
B: Pop of Pink Lamp from Dormify* ($94 USD)
C: DIY table lamp tutorial 
from Used.ca

D: Pink lamp from Homegoods via Honey We’re Home

I ended up mixing the same pink I’d tried on our daughter’s makeup table chair — a combo of “Fork York Red” and “Buttermilk Cream” from Fusion Mineral Paint. But it felt a little too deep — heading into dusty rose territory — so I lightened it up for the second coat. Oh, and I didn’t paint the gold rim around the bottom since I wanted to keep it.

Thrift store lamp makeover {Heather's Handmade Life} Dated floral lamps are transformed into sparkly pink lamps with oversized white shades!
Lighter version (left) and the original darker mix (right)

Then, while the second (lighter) coat of pink was still wet, I sprinkled on GLITTER because why not? It’s my office and I’m all about the glitter. I used “Bubblegum”* and “Glitz”* from my hoard of Recollections Extra Fine Glitter (from Michaels).

Thrift store lamp makeover {Heather's Handmade Life} Dated floral lamps are transformed into sparkly pink lamps with oversized white shades!Thrift store lamp makeover {Heather's Handmade Life} Dated floral lamps are transformed into sparkly pink lamps with oversized white shades! Thrift store lamp makeover {Heather's Handmade Life} Dated floral lamps are transformed into sparkly pink lamps with oversized white shades!

The finishing touch were two new white lampshades (from Walmart, where I always grab ’em). I can’t zoom out to show you what furniture they’re sitting on (stay tuned for the reveal a week from Monday) but look how pretty they are now …

Thrift store lamp makeover {Heather's Handmade Life} Dated floral lamps are transformed into sparkly pink lamps with oversized white shades!

Not bad for $3 lamps + $17 lampshades + paint and glitter I already owned!

Thrift store lamp makeover {Heather's Handmade Life} Dated floral lamps are transformed into sparkly pink lamps with oversized white shades!

What colour would you have painted them? Let me know in the comments or over on Facebook!

xo

Thrift store lamp makeover {Heather's Handmade Life} Dated floral lamps are transformed into sparkly pink lamps with oversized white shades!
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