Hello dear friends! Welcome back! Today I have a fun little makeover for you.
I found these buffet lamps at the thrift store priced at $8.25 each:
That’s a bit pricey to me for these skinny lamps, but I had a full punch card that gave me 20% off my purchase that day, so I ended up getting them for $6.60 a piece before tax. And, I loved that there was a pair of them!
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I started by giving both lamps two coats of a mix of 50% Dixie Belle’s Cotton and 50% Driftwood.
Then, to have fun with the spindly parts, I decided to use my FrogTape to add stripes!
I gave them two coats of Cotton and pulled the tape off right after applying the second coat, while the paint was still wet:
I have been having a lot of fun with waxes lately, and to play up the details on this lamp, I decided to add some white wax:
Using a wax brush to apply the wax on detailed pieces like this really helps to get it in all those grooves.
I used a clean soft cloth to remove the excess wax and buff it to a soft sheen. The wax is a topcoat, so there is no need to seal after with anything else.
Here is how these cuties turned out:
Well, that was one of them, but of course I did both to match…
Aren’t they cute?
I found the shades at HomeGoods back in the Fall for $9.99 each and bought them to have on hand since I redo a lot of smaller lamps. They were the perfect size and color for these lamps!
That made these lamps about $17 each for what I had to buy. I have them priced at $39 each in my booth.
Here you can see how the white wax is nestled perfectly in all those details…
This shot is from behind our kitchen island…
If you’re new around here and have never seen our kitchen, that was a TOTAL DIY job and you can see the big reveal that includes all the projects we did HERE!
This photo was a fan favorite from that project…
I’m not sure why. I mean, I was just showing how my hubby was doing some demo for me.
How did we get off track…let’s get back to those lamps!
They looked so pretty in my living room that I was tempted to keep them! I dropped them off at my booth on Saturday though.
Another close up of how the wax plays up the details…
The stripes are easy to add if you use your tape as a guide. Add a strip of tape at the bottom, then another right next to that one, then a third. Then go back and remove the second piece and continue to use that piece as a guide for the rest. You can see more on how easy it is to add stripes with no math HERE.
The finial got the same treatment:
I hope y’all enjoyed this quick makeover! I recently shared another lamp that I used darker wax on to play up the pretty details:
If you missed that one, you can see it HERE.
And that is another project done!
See what I’ve already completed below!
Yard Sale Sewing Machine Table Makeover
Yard Sale Sewing Machine Table Makeover
I’ll be back on Thursday with this flatware box I dug out of my storage room:
See ya then!
UPDATE! No need to come back…this box cleaned up very well! See it HERE now!
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Half nude men will always look better than lamps!!! Bring on the hubby!!!
Come on…..it’s quarantine time and we need excitement!!!
Ha ha ha yes! I didn’t think anyone would mind if I reshared. 😀 XOXO
Thanks for the chuckle about the ‘fan favorite photo’. When I first met my hubby he was a Royal Marine Commando (UK) and could do push-ups in a hand-stand position (head down, feet up resting on a wall). Now… not so much… Still my forever man though!
Loving the lamps, as with all your work.
Have a great day.
You’re welcome, ha ha! Oh wow…I don’t think my hubby could ever do that lol. Thank you, Sherin! Enjoy your day too! XOXO
Oh, My, them lamps are absolutely stunning. Gorgeous. With the strips it really gives them that little extra something.
Thank you, Colleen! I though the stripes would be a fun addition! XOXO
Maryellen Webber says
Your kitchen makeover is amazing, I love the pendant lights! The lamps look great, the white wax really helps make those details shine! Wonderful job Christy!
Thank you, Maryellen! We love our kitchen now! And yes, the white really adds something to the details! Have a great day! XOXO
Cheryl Atkinson says
Hi Christy! I can never find a pair of lamps, let alone nice detailed lamps. I love white wax. I. Fact I need to order some. 🙂
I don’t often find a pair of them, so I knew I needed to grab these when I saw them! I love the white wax too! XOXO
Janice Holt says
I love these lamps and the stripes just make them. I would have had to keep them for sure. Just lovely. In the near future could you reshare your Christmas village houses. Wanting to do some soon. Would great appreciate it. Are they on Youtube? If so I can look there.
Thank you, Janice! I was definitely tempted to keep them! Here is the link to the Christmas village: https://www.confessionsofaserialdiyer.com/painted-christmas-village/ Have a great day! XOXO
Christy these turned out super cute. Love the stripes and the white wax. 🙂 I know they will sell quickly. 🙂
Be well and create on!!
Thank you, Christina! Stay well! XOXO
Mary Kaiser says
Seriously, they are beautiful now! I LOVE the stripes, the color, every thing!!! I have some old buffet lamps, they are going to get this new updated beautiful new look. Thanks once again for the inspiration!! You Rock!
Aww thank you so much, Mary! I love the sophisticated look of a pair of buffet lamps…but they can be fun too! XOXO
Christy’s Husband says
Happy Birthday to my talented, beautiful, wife! I love you!
Aww thank you, my sweet husband!! I love you too! XOXO
Tara C says
Love this lamp transformation! The flower arrangement on the table is so pretty! Are they real?
Thank you, Tara! The flowers are just good fakes. They are a mix of tiny white rose looking buds and greenery that I purchased at Michaels. I love anything wild like that that looks like I grabbed a handful out of my garden! XOXO
Thank you for telling us the cost and how much you charge…it helps me to get a feel for pricing….I hate spending money on lampshades…
Sure thing, Sandra! Pricing is always the hard part, and I too hate to spend money on lampshades. HomeGoods doesn’t have a ton to choose from, but I can usually find what I need for a decent price! XOXO
Super cute! I like that you gave a different spin on it with the horizontal stripes.
Thank you, Rosie! XOXO
I bet he could light up a room. I mean they, they, the lamps could light up a room. 😉
Ha ha!! Yes, THEY could! XOXO
Those lamps look great! And appreciate your tip with the tape to make stripes. Nice pic of your hubby. Lol
Thank you, Donna! Ha ha! XOXO
The lamps are lovely now! But don’t you just hate those bright orange electric cords? Sometimes the dark cords look awful as well. White ones clean up pretty nice, but it always seems like lamps have cords that don’t match at all. Is it safe to paint those to make them a bit more unobtrusive?
Thank you, Gloria! And yes! Why can’t they just make them white? I bet you could paint them though! XOXO
Jackie C says
Girl! Only you would think of those adorable stripes! I’ve walked past a million of these lamps at goodwill. Not anymore! Love them!
Thank you, Jackie!! You know I love to stripe just about anything! XOXO
So cute, and the lamps aren’t bad either.
Love your site. Easy to navigate and LOVE your projects.
Ha ha ha…you made me spit out my lunch lol! Thank you, Esther!! XOXO
Elise Howell says
Love the lamps! Your attention to detail is always tops. Speaking of tops, I also appreciate that your hubby was NOT wearing one. Excellent “eye candy” for we females!
Thanks so much, Elise! Ha ha! He will appreciate all the love! XOXO
Sue Mellette says
Another fabulous makeover. I love the stripes! the color combination is certainly a winner. I went back and reviewed your instructions for creating crisp clean stripes! Thanks again for sharing all the pics, even your husband!! BTW Happy Birthday!
Thank you, Sue! Yes the tape makes great stripes! And you’re most welcome ha ha…and thank you for the birthday wishes!! XOXO
Hi Christy, the lamps are adorable; ❤️ the stripes
Thank you, Ashley!! XOXO
I had a pair like these I wish I would have kept them 😩 sooo pretty
Oh no…isn’t that always the way it goes? That just happened to me with something I finally donated…needed it two days later! Thanks, Rose! XOXO
How cute! So light and fresh looking!
Happy birthday! 😁
Thanks so much, Becky!! XOXO
Happy birthday, Madam! You’re blessed to have so many handsome and loving fellows in your life.
Thank you, Cynthia! I really and truly am! XOXO
Constance Colvin says
Awesome as per usual! 😀
Aww thank you, Connie!! XOXO
Love their new look!
Thank you, Rose! XOXO
Cute pic of your handsome hubby!! He is right that he has a talented, beautiful wife! Love those lamps – I have similar ones & couldn’t figure out how to update them – now I know. They really did look lovely on your table. You are so strong to let go of so many lovelys!! 🙂
PS Hope you had a beautiful birthday!!
Thank you so much, Patty!! I’m glad I could offer an idea for yours! And yes, I am strong ha ha…it’s hard to say good-bye to these lovelys/lovelies!! 😀 XOXO
Oh my – spelled “lovelies” wrong – or is that really a word! LOL
Loving those subtle stripes, Christy!
Thanks, Marie! You know how I love stripes lol! XOXO
Michele M. says
Christy, you are my hero – I cannot even believe how you transform things to beautiful items! I would loooooove to see your booth in person one day.
Your hubs looks great in that shot! ♥
I do have to tell you that if those buffet lamps don’t sell bring them back home – they look perfect where you styled them for the post!
Aww you are so sweet, Michele! Thank you! My hubby appreciates the love ha ha! And luckily, the lamps sold already, but I did have a hard time letting them go! XOXO