DecorDIY

Pompom Lamp Makeover

Breathe new life into a thrift store lamp with some personality!

I’ve always loved interesting lighting. From eye-catching table lamps to drop dead gorgeous permanent fixtures, I just can’t say no to unique lighting, but my pocketbook sure can!

Rob and I have decided that we want to start travelling more which means that we’re tightening the purse strings. So when I decided I wanted a new lamp for the living room and couldn’t find much of anything less than $50 that I liked I decided to shelve the whole idea. But every morning I sat in my big yellow chair waiting for the sun to rise enough that I could read my book. And every time I wished I had a darn lamp to go right there on that table so I could read rather than wait.

So it was decided that if I found something cheap enough that I could grab it. I first hit up the aisle at my local big box store and I was amazed at how expensive most of the lamps were. And then I went to he craft store during 50% off and, lo and behold, even on sale there wasn’t anything big enough for my space but small enough for my budget.

In the end Rob and I found the best little thrift shop and I grabbed some old button fly men’s Levi’s for $3 a pair that I’ve been rocking around town and a $10 super heavy, totally quality made brass (or maybe faux brass, I don’t know my metals) lamp that with a quick dip into my craft stash became one of my favorite things in this entire house right now.

Breathe new life into a thrift store lamp with some personality!

For this project you will need:

  • Lamp
  • Cleaner and rags and possibly fine sandpaper
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint
  • Lampshade
  • Pompom trim
  • Hot glue gun

Breathe new life into a thrift store lamp with some personality!

Here’s the before. The bones are great but the metal has these weird marks that remind me of pills on a sweater that needed to be dealt with, and it is possible you might have something similar to contend with. First wash your lamp with cleaner and rags. If your surface is not smooth to the touch after this, take fine sandpaper and work until the surface is nice and smooth. This is especially important if you plan on using glossy spray paint, as the shine in the gloss will show off every imperfection like crazy.

Breathe new life into a thrift store lamp with some personality!

Once clean and smooth, cover the light bulb receptacle with newspaper or other scrap so that you don’t accidentally paint inside of it. Spray the base and harp with 2 coats of spray primer followed by 2 coats of spray paint, giving ample dry time between coats.

Breathe new life into a thrift store lamp with some personality!

Quick tip – First turn the lamp upside down to make sure you get paint into all of the nooks and crannies if your lamp is an interesting shape as mine is. This will ensure you don’t have spots where the original color or the primer beneath peeks out from the paint.

Breathe new life into a thrift store lamp with some personality!

You can get pompom trim in the upholstery section at fabric and craft stores. Grab one that you love and simply hot glue it onto the bottom of your lampshade. This nice, clean white shade I got for around $15 at Walmart and, while it was a bit more than I had intended to pay, I love the shape with my big, brass lamp.

Breathe new life into a thrift store lamp with some personality!

When you order your trim you might notice that they wrap tape around it prior to cutting. This is because trim has a tendency to unravel like crazy. Do the same when you wrap your trim around and need to cut to size to finish the trim. It’s okay to leave the tape in place if you use “invisible” tape as it will hardly be noticeable.

Breathe new life into a thrift store lamp with some personality!

I just LOVE that bright reddish/orange glossy base with that fun, pompom trim lampshade. Isn’t it SO MUCH FUN. Now typically Rob doesn’t notice a new purchase like a lamp, but he sure noticed this showstopper.

Breathe new life into a thrift store lamp with some personality!

And  I think that we both have a favorite new thing in the house. Borrowing paint, primer and trim from my craft stash, this the price for this lamp came in at around $25 after purchasing lamp itself and clean new white shade. Considering how big and heavy this lamp is, never-mind super colorful and fun, $25 is a steal!