Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lamp Redo by Megan

I went shopping for a new light lamp for our 2nd bedroom a few weeks ago. I went to Goodwill first, and it was a major bust. The lamps that I was somewhat interested in redoing were more expensive than this lamp that I found at Marshall's right next door.  I had wanted a base just like this one that I could paint gray. It was a light beige before I painted it.

As you can tell the lampshade it came with was dented pretty well.  I went to the nearest associate and asked them what their best price would be on it. I had never done that before at Marshall's but with a $50 price tag I thought it wasn't really fair considering the shade. Plus, knowing this lamp would be that price in good condition at Home Goods I thought it warranted a discount.

Boy am I glad that asked! She took off 18 dollars off the price, so I ended up paying $32 for it.  I feel that it is a pretty substantial size and worth the final price offered.

I taped off the lamp, sanded it with some rough sandpaper, and then sprayed it with the same gray Valspar spray paint I've used in other projects.  I had an extra shade lying around that I purchased at Home Goods a few months back. The shade was $12 dollars. I hope to possibly recover the damaged shade that this lamp base originally came with in the future. Luckily both of these shades were similar in size. Here is the lamp after the update:

The total cost for this lamp redo was $44 dollars for the lamp and shade. Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Wow. That is a beauty. If you are this good making over lamps...I wonder how you would do making over people :)

  2. Great update! Way to go getting the extra discount! And I find Goodwill to be just really frustrating too!

  3. I really love the new colour and what a deal. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  4. That turned out great! Love the color! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  5. Turned out great! Thanks for sharing at Things I've Done Thursday!

  6. Looks great! Your Goodwill must be crazy!!! So sorry about that.

  7. Looks beautiful! I find the same at our charity shops sometimes - they can put some rather high prices on some things! Crazy!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. This looks fab! I like your blog! Cute name! Have a super day! SMiles, Jill

  9. The lamp turned out great!

    If you have time, I would love for you to share this on my link party:

    Thanks and have a great day!

  10. I love this makeover. I'm now you're newest follower.

    Kimberly @

  11. You did a great job. I've been looking for a drum shade like that for some time now. Given up looking for the same base(used to see it a lot till last yr). This year those bases seems to have disappeared from all our local HGs. I ended up getting a base from Salvation army. Have a similar project in mind. Following you guys on Pinterest.

    Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story

  12. I love unique lamps. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesday.

  13. Oh I really like this! I need to redo a lamp that I found at goodwill, I just need a lamp shade :) If you have a chance come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @


  14. That is a cool lamp - really live what you did. I enjoy lamp redos and all the cool ideas I have seen including yours! Thanks for linking up this week - so happy you did!
    Stacey of Embracing Change


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