Something From Nothing and a little bit of Everything!

The art of turning "good junk" into "great design"

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris, Hopes and Fears for Art (1882)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lamps~ Thrift Store Find

These lamps were $14.00 for the pair at Value Village. Lately there have been a lot of these lamps with the glass in magazines and in home decor stores. So when I saw these two gems I knew they would look amazing with a little TLC and definitely some SPRAY PAINT (my BFF)

 It was pretty straight forward. Usually under lamps on the bottom they have a felt or cardboard bottom. Turn the lamp over peel that felt back and there should be a screw. Start unscrewing the screw and literally the entire lamp should come apart. Start sliding the pieces down the cord (power Cord) and spread them out. Then remove the part of the lamp that holds the shade "the harp."

Now you have to spray paint all the parts still connected to the cord. You could cover the glass part with paper or plastic. (I didn't and it worked out fine, just make sure you stay away from it when you are spray painting) First you must prime everything. Then let it dry for at least 2 hours. Remember this is going to be something everyone looks at so you want to do it right.

Now you can spray paint the colour you would like the lamp to be. It used to be gold but I went with a little more modern approach and did silver.

Finished product.

How much it cost
$14.00 for the lamps
$4.59 for Primer Spray Paint
$4.59 Silver Spray Paint
$22.00 for both lamp shades
$22.59 for each lamp from beginning to end!

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