$4 Thrift Store Lamp Makeover

Hello amazing Friends! I have a sweet little makeover for ya’ll today!

You may remember this lamp makeover I shared back in February:
Lamp updated with paint for a beachy look from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Unfortunately someone must have knocked it over while it was in my booth and it smashed, however they did save the shade for me.

Then a couple of weeks ago I found this lamp at the thrift store:

The same exact lamp only in a different pattern! This one was missing its shade so it was perfect!

When I went to redo this one though, the burlap shade didn’t really do it for me, so instead I dressed up a plain white one:

Lamp update with paint and rosettes added to the shade.


I painted the body with two coats of DIY chalk paint in may favorite white: Behr’s Bit of Sugar. (Recipe HERE.) Then I used FrogTape to tape off a few stripes…

I painted them in with two coats of Dixie Belle’s Driftwood. I pulled the tape ofimmediately following the second coat.

I lightly sanded the details and sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.

The shade is one I bought at Home Depot last year to use on another lamp, but never did. It fit perfectly and so much better with the colors I chose than the burlap one did.

It was a bit plain so I decided to dress it up with some simple rag rosettes. I usually make them with dropcloth, but I needed these to be white, so I found some of the fabric leftover from slip-covering our sectional (See that HERE.) and it was perfect for the job!

Here is basically all you need to make your own rag rosettes:

I shared a video tutorial on how to make these HERE

Then I just hot glued them to my shade.

Rag rosettes really make this plain lamp shade cute!

I think it turned out pretty cute!

Lamp makeover with rag rosettes and a little paint.

My antique serpentine dresser I shared on Thursday was perfect for staging this sweet lamp! Visit that makeover HERE if you missed it.

Lamp makeover with rag rosettes and a little paint.


Lamp makeover with rag rosettes and a little paint.

Here is a peek of the cute little feet on the bottom…

Much better than the brown zebra, eh?

Or maybe your wild side really liked the brown zebra?? 😀

Lamp makeover with rag rosettes and a little paint.


Lamp makeover with rag rosettes and a little paint.

I’ll be back here on Thursday sharing more smalls! These six pieces are all finished and ready for the shop:

To my friends in the US, have a fun and safe 4th of July!! 🙂

UPDATE: Come check out how these smalls got new attitudes HERE now! 



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Wow, that turned out so cute, what a transformation!! I love your blog, and your imagination. I think every thing you do is beautiful, never let anyone tell you any different. Looking forward to the smalls recreations, I have a pair of candlesticks just like the ones in the picture, so I will especially be glad for ideas for them.

    • Thank you so much, Mary! I so appreciate you!! See ya Thursday, my friend! XOXO

  2. Wow. You have a very creative imagination – it looks really elegant 🙂 and your styling and photography is beautiful 😀 Looking forward to seeing what you do with the other “smalls”.

  3. Christina in SW FL says

    Wow, Christy, talk about a transformation! This is a beautiful makeover! Way to go!!
    You know i love the rosettes. 🙂

    • Thank you, Christina! What are the chances I would find the same exact style lamp, huh? Have a great 4th! XOXO

  4. This is just the sweetest! Well done!

  5. Bonnie Hipps says

    The other one was cute but, I love love this one. Maybe it is what you did with the shade. Happy safe 4th and can’t wait to see those smalls

    • Aww yay! I kinda love this one too. Maybe the burlap shade was a bit heavy fo the other one as well. Enjoy your 4th! XOXO

  6. Claudine says

    I’m sad that the little crab company lamp smashed! 🙁 That was adorable. I do love this makeover too, the rosettes are so sweet!

    • I was too, Claudine, thank you! I will put this one in a safer spot in my booth for sure! XO

  7. It turned out soo cute!! Everything you do is soo cute!! Love your blog!

  8. So, so cute Christy! I LOVE your blog and have learned so much from it. I went over and watched the video of you making the rag rosettes and I am excited to try them! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thank you, Betty! I appreciate that so much, and I’m thrilled to have you following along with me! Glad you found the tutorial helpful…those rosettes can be added to so many different things! XOXO

  9. Sheila DelCharco says

    Wen I saw this lamp I immediately thought of the crab one and thought you had painted this one to match. I was shocked that the other one was smashed! No “you break, you buy”?? Looking forward to the smalls post! You inspire me so!

    • It would have been nice to have a set of them, and I’m guessing the person who broke the other one probably didn’t alert anyone. That is the first item I believe that has gotten broken while in my booth in the several years I’ve been there so I didn’t stress over it too much. Thanks, Sheila! See ya on Thursday! XOXO

  10. You are so darn crafty my friend… it’s friggin adorable! 🙂

  11. Marcie Lovett says

    How funny that you found the same lamp, Christy! The burlap shade looked great on the other lamp, but the fancy shade works better with this lamp update. The dresser is so beautiful, both it and the lamp are going to fly out of the booth. (Great news on the kids table and chairs, too!)

    • I know, right? And yep I thought the burlap shade was a bit heavy looking on this lamp…glad I never returned that white one to the Home Depot lol. I knew I’d eventually use it! Thank you, Marcie!! XOXO

  12. Kimberly says

    So cute. I recently painted a lamp, and I love it but have decided that it really doesn’t go with the room I wanted it in. Time for more paint! That’s the beauty of DIY.
    Can’t wait to see the smalls. They really get my creativity going when you show them.

    • Thanks, Kimberly! Yep…if you no longer love it, paint it again! See ya on Thursday! XOXO

  13. Such a great makeover! Sorry I haven’t commented in quite a while–something went awry in my settings. I always enjoy your clever makeovers and projects! Thanks for sharing!

  14. and… BAM, there it is! You do such wonderful work! I am always amazed! Happy 4th to you! Leticia

  15. Great job on the lamp girlie! Happy 4th to you and your adorable family.

  16. I can see that the burlap lampshade would not go with the way you painted this lamp. It’s so cool you found another lamp just like the crab one. Sorry to hear it broke. It was my inspiration. I love this one also! Happy 4th to you and your family! New York state has allowed what they call “safe” fireworks now. Prior it was only sparklers.

    • Thanks, Mary Jean! I was surprised too to find another lamp just like the first! We usually buy a box of the kiddie “fireworks” and make a bog ole mess with them in the driveway! I hope you enjoy your 4th also, my friend! XOXO

  17. That is adorable! Someone is going to FLIP over that, and place it in their sweet little Parisian bedroom (or something like that! 😉 )

  18. Great stuff. Love your ideas. Have you ever tried chalk paint on a velvet sofa. I have a project im too afraid to start. Need some help. Thanks jen (ireland)