$5 Thrift Store Lamp Makeover

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days!! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Ok whose ready for the makeover of one very patriotic set of lamps? We are halfway there, ya’ll and I’ve got a fun one to share today.

I came across these lamps at the DAV thrift store a mile from my house a month or so ago. They were marked $4.98 each. You can’t even buy lamp parts for that cheap!

Patriotic Lamps Before

I was clueless as to how I could update a set of lamps that were birdhouses painted like American flags, but I bought one and was on my way. As soon as I turned out of the parking lot, I knew I should have grabbed the other one as well.

TIP: If you sell in a shop or a booth, try to sell things that typically come in pairs, in pairs. It seems one end table, one night table, one lamp, always stick around for way too long!

Here’s how I transformed these Americana gems:

Coastal Inspired Bird House Lamps from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

They’ve gone coastal!

Coastal Inspired Bird House Lamps from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

So cute, right? They don’t even look like the same lamps!

Coastal Inspired Bird House Lamps from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I sanded the originals really well with my rotary sander first to take down any roughness from the previous paint job. Then I painted them black as a base so black would show through when I sanded the edges and such. Next they both got a coat of Behr’s Gray Morning , mixed with a little Pure White. (Both made into chalk paint.)

Coastal Inspired Bird House Lamps from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

As you can see the next step was to tape off the stripes. For this I used Frogtape for delicate surfaces. Then painted in the stripes in white…

Frogtape for Delicate Surfaces is perfect for taping off stripes on painted surfaces.

Two coats, then immediately removed the tape.

Next I sanded a little to smooth and distress a bit, and added a coat of Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax to seal.

Coastal Inspired Bird House Lamps from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Coastal Inspired Bird House Lamps from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I had the knobs in my stash already, just gave the back plates a couple coats of white spray paint. I think I originally picked these up at TJ Maxx, but I don’t remember for sure. They are a great inexpensive resource for knobs these days.

Coastal Inspired Bird House Lamps from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The original shades just weren’t salvageable since they were so bashed in, but my Mom who used to sell ton of lamps back in the day, had a few shades left over and these worked perfectly…especially since they were free. {There may even have been a happy dance involved.}

But they were kind of boring, so my Mom added a little sailboat to the corner of each one for me…

Coastal Inspired Bird House Lamps from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

It was just what they needed! Thanks, Mom! 🙂

Coastal Inspired Bird House Lamps from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Coastal Inspired Bird House Lamps from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Coastal Inspired Bird House Lamps from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Coastal Inspired Bird House Lamps from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

BIG difference, huh?

I think so! Seems like I’m rescuing a lot of dated décor lately…here’s what’s up for tomorrow:

80's-shelf-Before

Hearts? What were we thinking???

UPDATE: See it HERE now!

See ya then, sweetest of Friends!!

If you missed any of this Madness so far, you can catch up here:

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days from Confession of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

1. DIY Tray from an Old Picture 2. Mini Shelf Makeover 3. Antique Mirror Repurposed 4. Oval Rosette Mirror

5. Wooden Tote Redo 6. DIY Jewelry Storage 7. Patterned Sofa Table

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days from Confession of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

8. The Perfect Necklace Holder 9. Spring Bird Nest Wreath 10. Shutter Cabinet Makeover

11. Updated Candelsticks 12. 80’s Clock Cabinet Reimagined 13. Jewelry/Trinket Holder 14. $5 Yard Sale Dresser Redo

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Comments

  1. You did it!!! You turned those around!!!! I can see those at a beach house. I also see, that mom is artistic too!!! Good job to both of you!!!
    God Bless~ Addie

  2. Hi Christy! Thank goodness for Mom! The sailboats on the shades are the final touch. The lamps came out really nice. I know what you mean about buying the lamps for the great price they were. Sometimes I purchase an item not just for the item but because it will have some other attachments I can use on something else. And I really like the stripes. They interest me and I want to try them and be successful. I have tried, but they sure looked like beginner’s stripes! But, I will try again. Thanks for the wonderful post.

  3. So very cute!!xoxo

  4. Painted stripes, knobs and new shades were just what these lamps needed. Your mom’s artwork is the perfect touch for the shades.

    • Thanks, Paula! I thought at first I might just use them for the parts, but I’m glad now I went ahead and painted them. I love how my Mom added her touch to the shades too. 🙂

  5. Tina Matteson says:

    Christy, you’ve outdone yourself again. I seriously think you are at MY thrift store snatching up all the hideously ugly items that I cannot imagine any improvements for… and then you do things like this! Wow, they are beautiful. And I love the staging of your photos. GREAT, great, job!

    • Ha ha ha! Thank you, Tina!! Sometimes I can imagine exactly what I will do with something when I buy it, and other times I don’t have a single clue! I just started painting these thinking that if they didn’t work out, I still could use the lamp parts because this was one of those times that I had no ideas!! 🙂

    • Exactly my thoughts!! I think I’m pretty creative but when I saw the original lamps I thought WTH is she going to do with those?! And then they turned out amazing! I can’t wait for tomorrow to see what she does with the heart shelf. There’s always tons of them at our thrift store and I cannot get past the hearts!! I, like Donna down below, have never commented before but I just couldn’t NOT comment on this one. Christy is like a magician!

  6. I think this is the biggest change up yet, not the hardest I know . But I sure wasn’t expecting these. I don’t do nautical, but if I did I would buy these in a minute.

  7. They’re simply adorable, Christy! The new shades fit them so well, but the best part are the little sail boats, I love them! Your mom is an artist,I see where all your creativity comes from! 🙂 Did she paint them?

    • Thanks so much, Cristina!! She did paint them. She sold lamps back in the day that had a nautical village scene on them all the way around, and she would always embellish the shade a bit to match. She was sweet to do this for me for old times sake. 🙂

  8. First time commenting. Had to. Those made over lamps are adorable. You have, not only a great imagination, but you are also insightful. Who would have thought that those lamps were screaming to be made into a beach theme. Thumbs up!

  9. Maggie M says:

    Ah, much better:)

  10. I think this is a wonderful idea! A project every day for a month! I have a big stash, but I don’t think I have that much. Great job! The lamps are sweet. Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing whats next.

  11. Sharon Davidson says:

    Those are really CUTE lamps and embellishing the lamp shade really set it off too
    (go mom)!

  12. Marilyn Stein says:

    These are darling, Christie. I never cease to be in awe of your vision. I do think the boats on the shades are the crowning touch–kudos to mom! It looks like they’re painted on? I only which I had that kind of talent…

  13. Constance says:

    How in the world do you get so many projects done?!! Do you have magical powers? Have you learned the secret of STRETCHING time that the rest of the world doesn’t know? 🙂 🙂 Please oh please share it with me! I’m dazzled by all of your make-overs; I love all of them!

    • Ha ha thank you, Constance! Wouldn’t that be awesome?? I actually had the majority of my March Madness makeovers done before this series started. I’ve been working on them for a couple of months. If I do find a secret way to stretch time, you’ll be the first to know lol! So glad you are enjoying this series so far! Lots more still to come. 🙂 XO

  14. Such a cute transformation! I especially like the addition of the glass knobs. The lamps shades are perfect with the sailboats! You have a mom worth her (sea)salt hee hee! ; )

  15. This fun series truly explains your sites name, serialdiyer.

  16. I ADORE these!! Great job!

  17. I love what you did with them! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity!

  18. Rebecca M says:

    The sailboats made them! Adorable!

  19. GET OUT!!! Those look SO great!!

    Tania

  20. I was trying to guess before seeing what you’d done…maybe she painted them with flowers all over, maybe she painted birds on them, maybe she painted a rainbow, maybe she did them a bright color like red or yellow. I LOVE what you did! And the new shades with the little sailboats are the perfect touch!

  21. Those look totally different! Love them now! And your mom’s old lamp shades are perfect for them!
    xo
    Nancy

  22. Ha¡¡¡ they are so lovely, nice and sweet… ok Now I understand where your talent comes from …your mom¡¡ She is such an artist and has good taste in making those little boats, congrats to her from a spaniard fan….
    Kisses¡¡

  23. I love these! Must admit, I was beginning to feel every makeover was the same – just paint it white – until this amazing creative idea got my juices flowing once again. Thanks for the great ideas!

    • Thanks, Rita! I do use white a lot, but my hope is that my readers will be inspired to take my ideas and put them to use using the colors they love. I do have a bright and cheery post planned for tomorrow though…stay tuned! 🙂

  24. Wowee Christy, those lamps are fabulous! Talk about crap to holy snap!!! Did your Mom hand paint those adorable sailboats? These are going to be gone as soon as you put them in your booth (if they haven’t sold already).

  25. Traci Rickert says:

    I love reading your posts to see the wonderful transformation you do…I always like to look at your BEFORE pictures and try to imagine what I could do with them before heading on to your AFTER pics….I can usually come up with something creative (not nearly as great as yours!) but on this one all I could think of was ‘parts….yup that is about it…parts’ and then WOW….