Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Thrift Store Lamp Makeover

If you've shopped for new lamps lately, you know exactly how limited the selection is and how expensive new can be! Almost everywhere you look however, {garage sales, auctions, thrift stores, even your basement} there are old, dated lamps in need of a refresh. You don't need to go out and spend a bunch of money on new lamps, just take a few hours and refresh those dated ones and do so for much less money too!

I bought this pair of metal lamps last summer. They were in working condition, just very worn and dingy looking. You can see the dirty, brassy, yucky finish for yourself...

For a quick, modern refresh, I broke out the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® {ASCP}. Graphite was the color of choice for this project. The beauty of chalk paint, is that there is no prep needed. Just clean the dust from the surface and get on with the painting.

After two light coats of paint, I gently sanded the edges to expose a bit of the original finish.

I then applied ASCP dark wax to both lamp bases.

A new couple new harps and lamp shades and we are back in business.
{harps are the wire lamp part that typically mounts below the lamp socket and supports your lamp shade}

This is a great way to give new life to old lamps. You can pick any number of Chalk Paint colors; a neutral, something fresh or a bold pop of color. Really the options are endless.

 Oh and to brighten the mood {and in honor of the first week of spring} I bought myself some flowers. Love the use of succulents in these gorgeous bouquets, so fresh and spring-ish!

Hope you enjoyed this DIY project.

Enjoy your week! 

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  1. were these wooden lamp bases, or metal??

  2. Were the lamp bases wooden or metal?

  3. Love this lamp! It looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!