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Friday, October 9, 2015

14 Thrifted Lamp and Light Makeovers

Great ideas for giving new life to used, thrifted and outdated lamps!

Happy Friday!  I have some BIG plans for this weekend that I am really hoping to get accomplished. My husband will be away and we all know when the husband is away the wife will play, or should I say tear apart the house.  God love my husband, he never knows what he'll walk into when he comes home from a trip.

The other day I shared a few of my recent Goodwill finds and thought it would be fun to share a round-up of thrifted lamp and light makeovers.  Stop in any Goodwill or thrift store and you'll be sure to find shelves full of these unwanted gems.  More than likely they'll be made of shiny brass with an 80's vibe.  If you're lucky enough you may even spot a few classic boob lights.  Most people don't realize the potential of these lights and make a big mistake, big, huge (anyone catch that movie reference? anyone?) by throwing away or donating them.  Lucky for us DIY'ers, we get to snag these treasures for next to nothing.  I have at least 4 or 5 goodwill lamps in my own home, it's my go-to place when looking for new lighting.  You just have to keep an open mind and look past the ugly finishes and colors and focus on the style and lines.
 AMAZING! No need to spend a fortune on expensive lighting! Check out these creative thrifted lamp and light makeovers.

(If you love these projects as much as I do, please pin from the original source, thank you!) 

Thrift store lamp makeover from At Home With The Barkers.
Updated thrift store table lamp

Soda bottle lamp from Matsutake.

Soda bottle lamp makeover
Who else is amazed that this lamp update was made using plastic soda bottles?  How creative!

Spray painted lamp from Upcycled Treasures. 
updated Goodwill lamp with spray paint

Spray Paint lamp update from The DIY Village.
 Painted Goodwill lamp

Chandelier turned mirror from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.
80's chandelier turned mirror

Milk glass lamp from Like a Saturday.

 Milk glass painted lamp

Brass chandelier makeover from Reasons to Come Home.
Spray painted brass chandelier

Painted Goodwill lamp makeover from Goodwill Living.
 Painted Goodwill lamp

Spray painted lamp from Saved by Love Creations.
 Spray painted lamp

Thrifted Chicken Wire Light from Bless'er House.
Chicken wire light makeover

Goodwill lamp makeover from Bliss at home.
AMAZING!  No need to spend a fortune on expensive lighting!  Check out these creative thrifted lamp and light makeovers.

Upcycled thrift store pendant from Bigger Than The Three of Us.
 Updated thrift store pendant

Thrifted vintage glass lamps from Bean in Love.
 Thrifted glass makeover

Ugly thrift store lamp makeover from Cuckoo For Design.
Ugly thrift store lamp makeover

Amazing, huh?  Some of these lights look nothing like the original!

So, did I inspire you to go thrifting for some new lighting this weekend?  If you have already updated thrift store lights (or anything else for that matter) I would LOVE to see them.  Just email a before and after picture to and I might even share your makeover on the blog or Facebook. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Would you like to comment?

  1. So many great makeovers!! Try not to gut your whole house while the hubs is away ;)

  2. Great post! I love that brass chandelier one - so smart to flip it the other way!

  3. Thanks for the shout out! All great projects!