A long, long time ago, I bought this hideous lamp at a yard sale. I'm frustrated with myself because I lost the true before picture. Imagine it without all the tape and add on a hugeeeeee lamp shade. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy for buying it, including the man that sold it to me. Nevertheless, it had some amazing details so I went for it. It sat in my closet for a long time until we finally moved a few weeks ago!
How I Did It:
I taped off the white bulb part in the middle of the lamp (pictured above) and I took off the little crystals that hung from the middle of the lamp. I also took off the pieces that hold on the lamp shade like so:
Then, I spray painted the entire thing with Satin Lagoon from Rust-Oleum. I'm not an expert at spray painting, but I always try to do multiple thin coats so I don't get a lot of runs on the piece.
Total Spent -- around $10
Lamp -- I believe it was $3
Spray Paint -- $4
Lamp Shade -- $3 at Kirklands (score!)
Now, the lamp sits in my new room! What do you guys think?
With the lights on:
Isn't it adorable now? When you go to thrift stores or garage sales, remember to look past your first impression of an item. Visualize it in a modern way like I did-- with a bright paint color, new lamp shade, etc. You end up creating a one-of-a-kind piece for your room for less!
The full room reveal is now up. Check it out here!
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