$2 Goodwill Lamp Makeover

So I have a thing for makeovers, and apparently, lately I’m especially into lamp makeovers

$2 Goodwill Lamp Makeover

I found this beauty at Goodwill. It was $3.99, but the day I was there, red tags were 50% off, so I got it for $2. I loved the shape of it, and thought it would be perfect for a reading lamp in my new guest bedroom

However, clearly it needed some help. 

For starters, it was grimy and all sorts of nasty. Then there were these.

$2 Goodwill Lamp Makeover

They totally reminded me of high school. You remember, right? You saved your homecoming and/or prom corsage, and you carefully hung it upside down to “dry out” because it was super romantic and sweet and you thought they were going to dry all beautiful and you would keep them forever and never ever forget that amazing night? But then a few months passed, you broke up with your boyfriend, and you realized that you didn’t actually have that much fun at prom and your gorgeous dried flower bouquet is actually just a gnarly hunk of dead plants.

Was that just me?


I started by spray painting the base with Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint. I knew I wanted to distress it a little when it was done, so I didn’t worry about using primer. I did two coats, letting each coat dry completely in between, and then took some sandpaper and rubbed it along the ridges of the design.

$2 Goodwill Lamp Makeover

Now, unfortunately, I could only find this color in gloss, and I really wanted a flat finish. Enter the coolest stuff ever: Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Matte Clear spray. It’s a topcoat that gets rid of any shininess. So cool. 

I found the lampshade at Lowe’s for about $15.

$2 Goodwill Lamp MakeoverI am so in love. It looks so perfect in the {v-e-r-y slowly-coming-along} guest room, and I think it looks like a cool, vintage lamp that cost way more than $17. 

$2 Goodwill Lamp MakeoverNever underestimate the power of a can of spray paint, people.



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  • Julie @White Lights on Wednesday
    September 28, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Love the finish on this lamp Jenn. I can’t get enough of your makeovers.

  • Adrian
    September 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Very cool! I love that robin’s egg blue. Stopping by from #SITSSharefest

  • Brittnei
    September 29, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I’m loving this! You made this look like it belongs at like Pier 1 Imports or something! I’m pinning for you! Stopping by from the SITS Sharefest! xoxo

  • Jenna
    September 30, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Awesome transformation!

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