How to Refresh a Thrifted Lamp

March 5, 2017Sheri Pavlović

I don’t know if I have questionable taste in lighting or if my decor style is not at all what is considered “the norm” but I have a heckuva time finding modern lamps that I’d actually spend money on and display in my home. Fortunately thrift and charity shops are well stocked with the vintage design style I love, unfortunately the lamps are usually in the boring browns and beiges that were so popular in the past.

Thankfully it’s simple to update vintage lighting to exactly your taste and style. All it takes is a bit of imagination and my How to Refresh a Thrifted Lamp tutorial!


Ugh! That thrifted lamp ticks all of my personal decor no-no’s: brown, beige, brass, beads and the fabric shade was nicotine stained and stinky, ew. BUT the shape/design of the lamp and shade are fab!

First, I gave the lamp base a few coats of brilliant white paint.

While the lamp base dried I moved onto that gross shade. Once the fabric and beads were removed I had a fab frame to work with!

I grabbed my trusty glue gun and a bunch of scrapy fabric strips in coordinating colours.

I began wrapping, twisting and sticking the fabric strips around the top of the lamp shade frame.

And then continued wrapping and gluing the scrappy strips around the rest of the frame until it was completely covered with a groovy patchwork of colour!

Once the base was dry I popped the lampshade on and decided to add a few blue accents to the base.

My colourful new lamp may not be perfect but it is just my style and the kiddo loves it too!

Check out my DIY decor video tutorials for more fun projects:

Need more refashionista inspiration? Take a scroll through my Dream a Little Bigger posts and get upcycling!

For loads of funky upcycling DIYs take a peek at my tutorial index and always remember to keep up your passion for refashion!




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