Thursday, July 5, 2012

How to recreate an expensive lamp on a budget

So I loved everything about this lamp from Z Gallerie...well almost everything.  I could do without the $149 price tag.

I figured I could replicate my own on a budget.  I just needed to hunt down the right lamp base, and I knew the shade would be an easy find.

I spotted this heavy brass beauty at a thrift shop.

Definitely in dire need of a makeover.

It also came with a dingy, dirty shade that was entirely too small for the base.  That quickly made its way into the trash.

I picked up a new classic white drum shade at Target.  Gotta love Tarjay.

I picked up a can of Krylon Ocean Breeze.  Love this color!

Be sure to spray light, even coats to your surface.  Spraying it too thick will cause bubbling and cracking.  I sprayed multiple light coats and had no issues with the paint crackling.  I was left with a smooth, glossy, professional-looking finish.

With the help of some refreshing aqua paint, this is what my lamp looked like after.

Ahhhhh, much better.

Sure there are some differences, but c'mon, it's a thrift store find for cryin' out loud.

I think it's pretty fabulous myself.

Lesson learned:  Don't disregard an ugly piece at the thrift store.  It could be a diamond in the rough!

Here's the breakdown:

Lamp:  $9.99

New Shade:  $14.99

Paint:  $3.24

Total Cost:  $28.22

That's a far cry from $149!

I hope this project has inspired you to head on over to your local thrift shop and start recreating your dream lamp!  Have fun!

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