Thrifted Lampshade Makeover
We’ve lived in the cottage next to our boutique for over a year now and I’ve yet to DIY anything in the house because managing 4 on-line businesses, a boutique and a blog is all-consuming and I feel like I have zero time to do anything fun. So this weekend, I spent my Sunday afternoon at Goodwill (my favorite place for massive motherload finds, I’m not even kidding you) to search for some new lamps for the night stands in our bedroom that is starkly lamp-less. I found just what I was looking for, TWO OF THEM HURRAY! but they were a hideous chocolate with a hideous gold pattern and they were filthy. Behold:
But they were $3.99 each and I was pretty sure I could paint them to fit our boho bedroom vibe. Turns out, the paint costs more than both lamps (link to paint below). I chose a turquoise blue color from my stash that matches the print in my comforter, so score. A bag of sponge brushes and a short drive later, I was back in my tiny studio slopping the paint.
Thankfully, chalk paint is very forgiving and the more you slop on the better it looks. It took 3 coats to cover the hideous gold design. And yes, I should have roller taped the lampshade to remove the lint and debris before painting, but ssshhhhh, I was too excited. And yes, I could have spray painted these but I already had the paint plus I don’t have an open area to spray paint in unless I did it in the yard and risked painting one of the dogs blue. They always want to “help”.
While the lamp shades were drying, I used a metallic copper paint (link below) to go over the faded patina on the lamps. I lightly dabbed the sponge into the paint and lightly dusted over the edges of the design to make them stand out from the dark background. I think it’s a much improved look.
And once everything dried, I pranced into our bedroom, lamp in each hand, and placed them purposefully on the nightstands like a Lamp Shade Makeover Goddess. I’m really pleased with them now and I like the rustic feel they add to the boho vibe.
And the funny thing is, although I didn’t plan on it or catch it at the time, the fleur-de-lis design is a cute nod to my hubby’s Cajun Louisiana roots.
So now I challenge you to dig that ugly lamp out of the back of your closet/garage/storage and give it a makeover. When you finish, tag me on social media so I can see your hard work!
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