Saturday, November 7, 2009

Lamp Revamp

I see brass lamps all the time now at the Goodwill. This one only cost me $1.99. It works perfectly. It’s only crime was that it was brass in color and therefore now regarded as “dated”. I brought it home with me determine to give it a more up to date look.

Goodwill Lamp Redo 004

When I bought this brass lamp it was missing the “harp” that the lampshade attaches to. So I picked one up at Lowe’s for $2.98. That was all it needed other than a new shade and a color make-over.

Dessert Stand Project 005

First thing I did was to clean it up. Then I used my blue painter’s tape to cover the parts I didn’t want to spray paint. I took it outside and gave it a coat of spray paint and let it dry.

Goodwill Redo Items 005

I could see that I missed a couple of spots so I gave it a second coat. I used Rustoleum metallic finish spray paint for the oiled bronze look I like so much and let it dry.

Goodwill Redo Items 020

This lamp has such a simple shape to it and I love the grooves of the middle section. It is amazing how different it looks once re-painted.

Goodwill Redo Items 021

The spray paint gave the base such a nice sturdy looking appearance.

Goodwill Redo Items 019

I removed the tape, added a light bulb, and a new burlap/linen covered shade and here you go. I found a slightly cheaper burlap/linen look lampshade at Lowe's for $14.98 that is almost identical to the one I bought at Target for $19.99 for the Floor Lamp Redo I finished and posted to my blog earlier this week. You can pop by there if you have a minute to take a look at that project

Bye, Bye Brass, Hello New Lamp!

Goodwill Lamp Redo 004

Total Price: $20.00. ($1.99 for the lamp,$ 2.98 for the "harp", and $14.99 for the lampshade.)

Our First Year College Student Daughter is already talking about moving out of the dorm next year. She said “I think our dorm room is shrinking”. I have always thought since the day we moved her in that her room was unbelievably small. And they put two girls in there! Dark and tiny so I understand why she is already dreaming about an apartment with more space. Anyway that means she will be needing some furniture. I think I should be able to re-hab a lot of Goodwill Goodies to help outfit her apartment. Good thing I have a year’s notice. :)


Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Wow, you've found some really good deals. I have a son the same age as your daughter, he also talks about getting his own apartment. I don't know about you, but I'm ready to get rid of some of the extra things I've held on to for the day he moves out.

RNSANE said...

The lamp is beautiful. I've never had much talent in the redo department but you give me encouragement! I do write poetry but that doesn't seem a very useful thing. Practical things are so much more important in these days of the recession!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks so much better, Lisa! Great deal and nice to know that Lowe's has those burlap/linen shades for a little less money than Target. I had seen them at Target last weekend and decided to pass.

~Country Lady~ said...

Much better! Nice redo.

Linda said...

Looks awesome...bye bye brass!


The White Farmhouse said...

Great job! It is definitely a keeper now.

Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk said...

That really turned out beautiful. I have a couple of "outdated" lamps that would look much like yours if I sprayed them down. Time to go buy some spray paint. I love your blog. I'm going to sign up to follow. Also -- you asked about the paint and the joint compound. I first apply the joint compound with cuts and grooves and then while still wet, do the same with acrylic paint. You will see when you start to do it yourself. I really will try to put together a tutorial. Love your blog, your new follower, Jan

julie king said...

love the lamp!!!! i miss goodwill. i've been too busy to ahunt the place looking for little bargains and doo dads!

Mimi said...

WOW, what a nice looking much better than when you thrifted it!

Joan said...

Your lamp looks fantastic! All you used was Rustoleum Metallic paint? Does it come in shades or that is the shade? I want to redo some lamps now!

mgster said...

What great timing! I am so happy I read your posting this morning because my friend and I are going out to lunch and then we are visiting two Goodwill stores after! Now brass lamps will be on my list!

Danielle and Clint said...

WOW! I feel like spraying it dark shows off the details more! Great find!

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

It's so pretty now! I think of all the lamps I've gotten rid of because I got tired of them and now realize what all I could have done with what I had!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I do love spray painting some of these things to give them new life. Yours turned out gorgeous. Love it. Hugs, Marty

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

A darling make over and I love the color of the shade. So I guess you didn't prime??

You should have fun finding things for your daughter!

Dena Pickle said...

You are a woman after my own heart!
I named my blog sweet pickles because our last name is pickle and chocolate because I love chocolate and I live in Garner NC right outside of Raleigh and love the outer banks we go to Emerald Isle every year! And I also am a lover of all things French Country.
I'm following you!

Dena Pickle said...

And I have that exact same lamp from Lowe's sitting in the garage waiting for a revamp!