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Thrift Store Lamp Makeover Ideas

Why buy new lamp when you can make your own one-of-a-kind design. Lamps can cost an arm and a leg (you know what I mean). Lamp shades alone are $20 plus and finials can cost even more than the lamp. So why not make your own? It’s super-fast and only takes a few supplies and a little creativity. Check out these thrift store finds I transformed for under $20 …

Thrift Store Lamp Makeover | Cheryl Phan

I needed a nautical lamp for a little boy’s room that I was painting for my nonprofit organization Paint For Children. It wasn’t in the budget to purchase a new lamp so I had to get creative. I went to the local thrift store and purchased this lamp for $7 and the lamp shade for $3. Then I bought rope and glued it to the base. Here are the step-by step instructions.

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Thrift Store Lamp Makeover Cheryl Phan

Here’s what you will need to make this Nautical lamp makeover:

  1. A lamp (go to the thrift store or Goodwill if you don’t already have one)
  2. Hot Glue Gun & Sticks
  3. Spray Primer 
  4. Lamp shade (Thrift Store)        
  5. Finial                                 
  6. 3/8“ Rope, 50 yards       

The first thing you need to do is make sure the lamp works. I say this because I bought a lamp at a thrift store once and it didn’t work. The last thing you want to do is go through the trouble and expense of making it only to find out it’s broken.

Step #1: Clean the lamp with water and then spray paint it with primer. This will help make the glue stick.

Step #2: Apply the hot glue starting at the bottom in 6” sections so that the glue doesn’t harden before you have time to attach the rope.Thrift Store Lamp Makeover Cheryl Phan

Work your way around the lamp until you get to the top.

Thrift Store Lamp Makeover Cheryl PhanThis lamp cost only $20.00 to make. You can see it in in the nautical-inspired room makeover for my nonprofit: Paint for Children below.

Thrift Store Lamp Makeover


Thrift Store Lamp Makeover

This feather lamp is so easy to make. All I did was hot glue a feather boa on to a lamp shade.

If you want to make this Coastal Lamp Makeover check out my blog post for the step-by-step tutorial

I hope you are inspired to do your own lamp makeover. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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