Thrift Store Lamp Upcycle

Hello lovely Friends! Christmas is less than a week away now and I know you are busy, so thanks for stopping by!

I have a quickie makeover to share with ya’ll today. If you follow me on my Facebook Page, you may have seen me thrifting when I was supposed to be Christmas shopping he he.

I found this super cute lamp marked down to 99¢:


And yes, that table was a mere 99¢ as well, so of course I brought that home too! I had to ask, sure that it was a mistake, but nope!

I always keep an eye out for small lamps ever since my good friend Shanna from Restoration Redoux sent me this pineapple one that I turned into a mini message board. I decided to do the same with this one:

Turn a small lamp into a mini message board!


Turn a small lamp into a mini message board!

I loved the glass piece in it.

Turn a small lamp into a mini message board!

In the before photo, you’ll notice  that someone had cut off the cord.

After stopping by my booth this weekend, I quickly realized that I needed to add a few smalls as I was stripped pretty clean of smaller gifty items. That made the decision to make this  another little memo board easy!

To do this I took the lamp apart. Those pieces all unscrew from one another…


See the threaded piece at the top of the lamp? That will screw right into the frame I found to use as the memo board (a 45¢ thrift store find)…


I used a 3/8 inch drill bit to drill a hole on the bottom. I painted all the parts and added a piece of chalkboard to the frame before screwing it into the base. (See how I make my chalkboards HERE.)

Sometimes the threaded piece is just a tad too short, but often I am able to adjust it up a bit by unscrewing it some.

Turn a small lamp into a mini message board!


Turn a small lamp into a mini message board!

I thought this tree was so cute in this unique basket, both are thrift store finds…

Turn a small lamp into a mini message board!

Here are a few more lamps I turned into memo boards this Summer…


And all ready for the shop:

Turn old lamps into memo boards!

These would make really cute Christmas gifts!

Turn a small lamp into a mini message board!

Perfect here on my mini island in the kitchen:

Turn a small lamp into a mini message board!


Turn a small lamp into a mini message board!

Well my amazing Friends, I hope you enjoyed this simple DIY project. I’m signing off until after the big day. I’ve got a sick babe at home and lots of baking to do. May you and yours enjoy a blessed Christmas!

I’m looking forward to a fun new year together! 🙂



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  1. Christina in FL says

    Christy this is brilliant and beautiful! I don’t know how I missed your other chalkboard memo stands. I love the glass with the white. Positively charming, warm and lovely. Thank you for the tutorial with all these details. 🙂
    Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks so much, Christina! They’re fun, right? I haven’t shared those other three on the blog before, so you haven’t missed them. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your holidays and a very merry Christmas to you too!! XOXO

  2. This is adorable! A blessed Christmas to you and yours. Thank you for sharing such creative ideas.

  3. These are is so cute love these great idea…, Merry Christmas!

  4. Christy this is too adorable for words so that’s all I will say. Have a wonderful holiday with your family and rest up – you are the hardest working person I know (wish you were my neighbor so I really could know you) so you deserve totake time off and just chill. Happy Holidays.

    • I’m so glad you like it, Carole! I would love to have you as my neighbor, but I just might put you to work ha ha. Thanks so much for all your support and kind words…I truly appreciate them!! Have a wonderful Holiday! XOXO

  5. Have a Merry Christmas Christy and I hope your baby gets feeling better.

  6. Marcie Lovett says

    Genius makover! The crystal one is my absolute favorite of them all. Wishing a happy, healthy holiday to you all.

    • Thank you, Marcie! It’s my favorite too. 🙂 Hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday as well! XOXO

  7. I absolutely LOOOVE this! What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and keeping us all inspired. Merry Christmas!

  8. Thank you, Miss Inspiration! You are so resourceful and talented! My babes are on the mend, so I will be camped out in the kitchen today, too. ha! Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Looking forward to visiting with you again after the holidays!

    • Thank you so much, Ruby! It’s so hard to see our babies not feeling well…hopefully they’ll all be through it by Christmas! I never did make it into the kitchen today…looks like that’s where I’ll be tomorrow! Have a wonderful Christmas as well! XOXO

  9. Thank you for another great project. Hope your little kiddo gets to feeling better before ole Saint Nick comes. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. BTW-Thank you for all you do to bring your fans a creative and inspirational blog.

    • Thank you so much for all your very kinds words, Ange! They mean SO much to me!! And thank you for the Holiday wishes…same to you and yours, my friend! XOXO

  10. chris aka monkey says

    I too love the glass in that lamp and what you did is so cute xx merry Christtmas

  11. Oh I have a small lamp I was going to get rid of……..not now????Thanks.Merry Christmas to you & your family????

  12. The one on your island is my favorite one!! <3 it!

  13. What a great idea! I also missed the first tutorial on this. Hope your sick babe is better. Thanks for all your good ideas. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • Thanks, Lisa! I’m glad I shared it again then. Thanks for following along with me…Merry Christmas to you as well! XO

  14. Annie (Canada) says

    I love this idea! Now I’ll have to find a small lamp I can re-style 🙂
    Christy, I hope you have a Joyous Christmas filled with love and friendship and 2017 is full of wonderful inspiration! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours <3

    • Thank you, Annie for always being so sweet! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well and I look forward to seeing what we get into in the new year! XOXO

  15. I love your adorable chalkboard menus, Christy. Pinned and shared 🙂
    Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas! xo

  16. That little .99 lamp combined with the frame made such a cute chalkboard. I love it! I hope your baby gets well really fast.

  17. vicki wright says

    Merry Christmas Christy, I LOVE all of your ‘refurbs’. You always do such a nice job.
    Look forward to seeing more of your projects in 2017!!

    • Thank you SO much, Vicki!! I truly appreciate that! I am excited to see what the new year brings as well! XO

  18. I just love reading what you are up to,so creative!! Have a wonderful Christmas!!

  19. I have got to learn how to make these!! They would make great Christmas gifts. All I’m giving this year are home made things. I’ve done 3 trays so far and will finish another one tomorrow to give to family & Friends. This would be cute too!!

    Thanks for sharing! I’d love the instructions on how you did them!


  20. Really, really cute idea! Not too difficult and looks really professional!

  21. Christy — This is awesome! I love making gifts for people as opposed to buying them, and this is a neat idea that I know a bunch of people will love. I’m done with presents for the holiday, but I’ve got plenty of birthdays coming up. 😀 Chalkboards are always so fun!

  22. Dear friend …just some words to wish you a happy , merry, fabulous christmas with all your beautiful family…lets start cooking …big kiss¡¡

    • Thank you, Victoria!! I wish you and your beautiful family a VERY Merry Christmas as well!! <3 <3 <3

  23. Oh, I love this! It came out SO pretty! Hey, they’re all cute! So many ways to use one of these! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Thanks, Becky! These are really fun and fun to make! Merry Christmas to and yours as well, my friend! 🙂 XOXO