Hello beautiful friends! Today I’m back with two lamps I found at the thrift store that are part of my new End of Summer Thrift Store Haul that I shared last week.
But first, Jack finally made it to college, and I have a little bonus before and after for you!
I thought it might be fun to share his dorm room!
You know I stopped him before he touched anything in the room so I could take a before picture ha ha!
And two hours later, we were all set up!
I even managed to throw in a thrift store find. I found his microwave for only $12 and it was in perfect condition!
Although I left part of my heart behind with him, it didn’t kill me.
It took until about midday yesterday for the ugly crying to set in, but I got it out, and I think we’re all going to survive this just fine. Jack is doing well without me so far and is excited about his new adventure!
Ok, who’s up for some lamp makeovers??
First up is this standing lamp that I found for $8, but because all green tags were 50% off that day, it was only $4!!:
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It also had some weight to it too, which I liked. I decided I would paint it, not to sell, but to put in my booth as a permanent not-for-sale piece for extra lighting. That meant I could play with it!
I decided to do a light haphazard coat of Cotton first:
Then I followed up with a light coat of Haint Blue:
I love this soft blue, and it was fun to use it in this way for a more worn look:
I didn’t add any dark wax or glaze. The dark areas you see are simply where I did not paint it all the way.
My favorite though is the finial…
This lamp was missing the finial, and so I went digging through my knob stash for a wooden knob that I could screw onto the top and found this:
I painted it in the same way and added a sweet Parisienne knob transfer that I found on Amazon to it:
I’ve had this set of knob transfers for ages and had yet to find something to use them on. The sheet was only around $8, and I’m so glad I finally got to use one of them!
This was perfect to top off this thrifty makeover, and the wooden knob worked perfectly as a finial!
I found a new simple white shade at HomeGoods for around $16…
I got a similar look on this next lamp, but used a different method.
I actually passed on this lamp the first time I saw it at the thrift store. It was marked $15 and although I liked the details on the base, it was too pricey:
On the next stop in, it was 50% off which was more worth it!
I decided to give this one a base coat of Sea Glass. This got two coats.
Then I sealed with Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax in clear:
I applied with a round brush to get in all the nooks. Then I buffed it off with a clean soft cloth.
To highlight all those pretty details, I followed up with a layer of Best Dang Wax in Black:
Again, buffing away the excess with a clean soft cloth, but leaving some behind in the nooks this time:
*It is important to apply clear wax first when using darker waxes because chalk paint is very porous and will really soak up the darker wax. Applying that first layer of clear helps prevent that. If you get too much black wax on your piece, you can always add a little more clear to act as an eraser.
I really like the Dixie Belle waxes because they are water based and do not have the terrible odor that some waxes do. They also come in a smaller 40z size if you want to give one of them a try without committing to a large can.
And although I prefer the Satin Clear Coat to seal most larger projects, it is nice to have wax on hand as an alternative for some pieces.
I love how this lamp turned out!
I am so tempted to keep this lamp here in my office!
I love how the wax plays up those details…
And I have a confession about the finial on this one…
I swapped finials with another lamp because I liked this one better. That’s okay at the thrift store, right?
I painted and waxed the finial on this one the same way as the lamp:
And again, I found a new updated shade at HomeGoods for around $16.
It isn’t always easy to find a pair of lamps at the thrift store, but if you only need one, I highly recommend checking there first!
This was a big improvement!
That’s two pieces checked off the list on my brand new End of Summer Thrift Store Haul!
If you liked this second lamp, you’ll love this table I redid not too long ago also:
You can visit that one HERE!
Thanks for stopping by my happy place!!
That haul is nearing completion too woot woot!
UPDATE: See how this sweet bed turned out HERE now!
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