I found these lamps at the D.I. (Utah’s version of Goodwill) for only $8.00 each. I wish I would have taken a picture of them with their huge lamp shade from the 70’s so you could get the full effect of how ugly they were before their transformation, but it slipped my mind. I found this image online, and it is pretty darn close to what the lamp shade looked like. Doesn’t it look dashing?
The lamps were covered in dust, but otherwise were in GREAT shape! Tip: before you purchase anything like this from a thrift store, make sure you plug them in to see if they work.
I sprayed them an oil rubbed bronze color to update the look. (I did not prime them). I chose Rustoleum’s hammered spray with the color called “dark bronze.” If you look on the back of the can near the UPC it says the color.
I love the dark grayish bronze result! They look brand new!
Here they are in the room (yes, I am aware that the shades in the picture below are different than the ones above…I ended up taking these shades back to target when I found the cheaper ones at D.I.) These squared shades were $12.99 each and I had only bought them the day before. So…I returned them. I knew one of you observant readers would notice, so I thought I’d better explain!
Remember, don’t get overwhelmed with where to start decorating in your home. Take it one room, one wall, or one project at a time. Slowly and surely you’ll be surprised how your home will transform!
Total cost for each lamp: $11.00!