Welcome to the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge – February Edition! The fourth Tuesday of each month a group of blogging friends get together and transform/restore/upcycle/re-purpose something we have picked up at a yard sale, thrift store, etc. At the bottom of this post you will find links to each of the participating bloggers thrift store upcycle project for the month, and I encourage you to check out all the fun and thrifty projects!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | Red Cottage Chronicles Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars Erlene | My Pinterventures Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog Jes | My DIY Envy Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods Kimm | Reinvented Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay Sue | A Purdy Little House Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Kim | Farmhouse Made Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Sherry | Savvy Apron Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod Lora | Craftivity Designs
Denise | My Thrifty House Toni | Small Home Soul Megan | C’mon Get Crafty Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
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Living with animals can be a real treat. And, no I am not talking about my husband and kids! They are a whole other story! I am talking about my beloved golden retrievers and two cats. The cats are relatively harmless and don’t get into too much trouble. The dogs and their enthusiastic tail wagging however, have been cause for many an “accident” in our household!
Recently, more like before Christmas, one of those wagging tails took aim at a lamp on a side table in the living room. I ran to try and catch it, but it came crashing down and smashed all over the floor. This of course sparked the interest of the other dog who wanted to see what all the fuss was about, which had me diving over the couch to grab him before he went prancing through the broken glass.
Life with dogs! I wouldn’t have it any other way!
So, since December we have gotten by with only one tiny lamp and a floor lamp in the living room. It was high time I got to buying a new one.
While wandering through the third local thrift store of the day looking for something to spark my interest for this month’s upcycle challenge, a new lamp was the furthest thing from my mind. Then from across the aisles I spotted a couple of brass lamps and that is when the light went off! (No pun intended!)
I need a new lamp, and I need a thrift store upcycle project. Win, win! I choose one with a yellowing and brittle old pleated shade, but was tall and I really liked the shape of it.
On closer inspection it had spots for two bulbs and pull chains to turn on each bulb separately, albeit broken pull chains, but that would be an easy fix. I knew I had a shade that would fit nicely, but would also need a coat of paint if I wanted it to look like the vision I had in my mind.
Once I got it home I immediately ditched the ugly shade and gave the lamp a good cleaning. I wanted to use up paint I already had to keep the cost low, so I grabbed the two half empty cans of Rustoleum chalkboard paint and gave it three light coats. While waiting for each coat to dry I used a brush to paint the burlap shade with Rustoleum’s Chalked Paint in Linen.
The next day I used Amy Howard at Home’s liming wax to add a protective coating to the lamp base and to soften the black chalkboard paint. I love how it kind of looks like soapstone. The wax gave it a super soft finish, that should resist any knicks or scratches from direct hits by a dogs wagging tail!
At Michael’s I had picked up a roll of 1 1/2 wide black satin ribbon and hot glued a band around the top and bottom edge of the shade.
I purchased two new pulls to lengthen the broken pull chains. The new chains were a bright brass so I dipped them into the chalkboard paint and let them dry before snapping them in place.
I have to admit I surprised myself with this Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Never did I think of choosing a lamp as my project, but I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
Not to mention, this lamp is significantly heavier than the glass one the dog sent flying, so I would hazard a guess it won’t budge when it gets whacked with a wagging tail!
One last look at how this old brass got some farmhouse sass!
The total cost of my “new” lamp was $14 including the lamp itself, ribbon and new chain pulls. I already had all the paint and liming wax with lots left over for another project!
Until next time….
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!
Much more stylish after the revamp. Love the new shade.
Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled says
Wow, that looks like something pricey from Pottery Barn! You did a great job. Visiting from Thrift Store Challenge.
I love the finished version! SUCH a huge improvement over the “before” 🙂
Shirley Wood says
The Before and After pics tell the story! Such a nice upcycle project. The price of lamps is ridiculous and this is much more fun anyway.
Amanda @ The Kolb Corner says
Love the transformation. I am pretty sure my mom still has that original lamp in their basement, pleated shade and all haha. Maybe I should show her this and she will get the hint 😉
Dru Beecher says
Great makeover! I love you painted the shade. I’m on the lookout to find a couple of lamps to change out the ones in my bedroom. Thanks for the inspiration.
Sue Purdy says
This looks so gorgeous. I LOVE the end result and it looks perfect.
Jeannee~Shepherds and Chardonnay says
That is one of the most dramatic transformations I have seen in a long time! Fabulous!
Erlene Amat says
Wow, I can’t believe that’s chalkpaint. It looks like brushed metal and I love it!
It’s amazing what a good coat of paint can do. This lap is amazing….love it.
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den says
Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! The transformation is incredible. Great job!
Judi J. says
Love your lamp! I also have a brass lamp that got a makeover only in white. Funny thing is my shade is burlap with black ribbon banding lol.
Great minds think alike!!
Toni | Small Home Soul says
Wow wow wow, it look so glamorous now. Great idea painting the shade and adding the ribbon. Just beautiful
Michelle James says
This turned out great. I am in love with the lampshade & the lamp looks so pretty black!
FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks says
Cuuuute!!! So there was hope for that lamp! Love the updated look now. Living with dogs is definitely worth it though.
leanne with divaofdiy.com says
Love the update! What a great vision you have!
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures says
What a wonderful makeover! I love the soft black finish! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Maria Brittis says
I am in love with that transformation of a lamp. Great job, will pin it.
Mary-the boondocks blog says
That is one super transformation. Getting rid of all that brass makes a huge difference. And of course I love the black and white look.
Thank you Mary! It has become my favourite thing in the living room!
Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods says
What a fabulous idea! I love updating lamps for inexpensive home decor. You did such a great job!
Thanks so much for the DIY inspiration!
I love the lamps new look. It is a great update.
Thanks a bunch!
Fabulous job on that lamp! It’s transformed into something new and chic.
Pinned and sharing. 🙂
Thank you Stacey!