Technically this lamp is part of our living room mini makeover…but I thought if I titled this post Living Room Mini Makeover – Part Four, you all might just disown me! (In case you’ve missed it you can read about the rest of the makeover here, here and here).
In doing our living room revamp, we noticed that at night our lighting was really off-balance. During the day the whole room was well lit because one entire 28 foot long wall (the living and dining areas) is floor to ceiling windows. But at night, when the curtains get closed there needs to be something over on the window side of the room.
So off to the thrift stores I went (with my three little munchkins in tow, I might add). There were a couple of lamps at the Salvation Army that looked okay…but they were still $9.99 each. Not cheap enough for me. What? I was looking for C-H-E-A-P.
Off to the Goodwill Superstore. Hmm, what’s this? 50% off everything. EVERYTHING!
Oh look. A nice tall curvy lamp. Regular price $4.99 x 50% off = $2.50! BINGO!
Oh, did I mention it was brass and forest green? It’s okay. Hubby had the same reaction. Hang with me a minute.
First I covered up the electrical components with paper towel and Frog Tape.
Then – and here’s where I messed up – I spray painted the lamp with some leftover white spray paint as a base coat. I should have used a primer first. When I added my gorgeous Valspar Mediterranean on top, it didn’t quite take right.
So I sanded it a bit, sprayed on a grey primer and re-sprayed on the Mediterranean.
The first lamp shade I bought at Bouclair was too small, so I exchanged it for a larger almost-drum shade. Ahh, that’s much better!
In case anyone’s interested in the cost break down, here it is:
Goodwill Lamp (50% off) $2.50
Lamp Shade $20 (I couldn’t find a sale shade this weekend)
Mediterranean Blue Paint $5
Grand total: $32.50
Not too shabby for a large boutique-look lamp!
So again, here’s the before (doesn’t it look like a cheap-o trophy?):
And the after:
What do you think? Anyone else redone a thrift store lamp? Do tell!
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