Thursday, April 29, 2021

Thrifty Bedside Lamp Makeovers


Painters came the first week of April and spiffed up our living room, dining room and master bedroom!  It's so nice to have our home refreshed!  There is artwork hanging in our living room and dining room again.  Toss pillows have been purchased and carefully placed.  Now, I'm working on our bedroom.

Today's project is for our monthly thrift store upcycle challenge. 

The Rules:

  • 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

Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela - Melynda | Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household - Beverly | Across the Blvd - Marie | Craft Rocker - Marci | Stone Cottage Adventures - Lynne | My Family Thyme - Allyson | Southern Sunflowers

Our Thrift Store Upcycle group of bloggers is always looking to expand -- and we need your help! Why not consider joining in our thrift store upcycle challenge on the last Thursday of each month? Make some friends while having fun and share your love of DIY with the world. It’s a win-win! Sound like something you’d be interested in? Just leave a comment at the end of this post with your contact info and a link to your blog. Someone will get back to you right away. We can’t wait to meet you!




Let's begin with the lamp for my night stand.



I found both lamps at my favorite thrift store wearing orange price tags.  The day I happened to be there, orange tags were half price!  What a wonderful surprise at checkout!

This short, curvy cutie is a pretty shade of green, but not quite what I'm looking for right now.  It's also cracked and chipped.  Painter's tape was carefully placed to protect all electrical parts as well as a couple of spots where I think I'd like contrasting stripes.


The paint color is Gloss Navy.  Several light coats were sprayed on after the previous one had time to dry.  Once I was happy with the dark blue, white paint was added with a small brush.

Here's a tip for long electrical cords.  Place them in a zip lock bag and you only need to tape the part closest to the base of the lamp. 


Turns out I only wanted one of those stripes.  The square, white lamp shade was found at Target.  This cutie has joined my perpetual stack of books on my nightstand, ready for duty!


Now for the other side!  Even though Handsome Husband hardly ever uses a lamp, I think our bedroom looks unbalanced without one on his night stand.  His is taller and stockier with rugged good looks.  Maybe a little too rugged?  I do love the wooden, chipped bottom, so it was taped off along with the cord and electrical parts.  Gloss Navy was sprayed on his lamp, too.  Again, several light coats were added, with time to dry between each coat.  I wanted the lamps to coordinate, but not match.


 The round, warm gray lamp shade was found at our local At Home store.  Handsome Husband's nightstand now has this tall, masculine lamp next to his alarm clock.

I love that we now have a "His and Hers" lamp set.  The master bedroom is almost done.  Bedding is complete, but I still have to make decisions about the artwork for walls.  Whew!  'So many details!

So, my expense on this project:

2 Thrift Store Lamps at half price, 

2 Lamp Shades

1 can of Gloss Navy spray paint

A little white paint from my stash

Painters Tape

2 Zip Lock Bags

Let's take a look at all the other thrifty projects! 

;-)  -Marci


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4 comments:

  1. Your thrifted lamps are now looking fresh and updated! Spray paint does wonders, doesn't it?

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  2. Your lamps turned out great!

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  3. The lamp makeovers look great, Marci. I agree with you that there needs to be one on each table even if they aren't both used.

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