I am co-hosting a link up party with some pretty crafty ladies and on the second Wednesday of each month we will be bringing you our latest DIY creations. This month our theme is “Thrift Store Makeover”. I don’t have a budget for home decor these days so I was ready to hop on the bandwagon and see what I could come up with what I could find at my local thrift store.
Since I moved back in February, I haven’t really done anything with my bedroom except the basic unpacking. I have decided that I am going to try and focus as many of my DIY creations on my bedroom as possible. I need to make this room my own and a reflection of who I am. So for my Thrift Store Makeover, I decided I would replace my nightstand table lamp.
The one that I currently had took up a huge amount of space on the table and left me little room for anything else.
So I took a quick trip over to my local Value Village to see what I could find to replace this old lamp and make some more space on my night table. There were a lot of options to choose from but I finally settled with a base and lampshade that I felt would do the trick.
Luckily there was a Dollarama right next door so I headed there next to find something to cover the shade and some paint for the base of the lamp. I wasn’t sure exactly what type of material I would use for the lampshade or the exact color scheme I was going to use. I just so happen to come across this package of paper that showed right on the packaging that it could be used for lampshades and a color palette that I really liked. So now for less than $15 in total for supplies I was ready to start the transformation.
The first thing I did was traced the outline of the lampshade on to the back side of the paper and cut it out it out. I then used my trusty glue gun and attached the paper template on to the old shade.
Because I was still able to see parts of the old shade at the top and bottom, I then attached a silver ribbon on each end to cover it up.
For the base, I just gave it 2 coats of silver paint that I also picked up at my local Dollarama.
I ended up using a sponge style brush as it made it much easier to get into all the little nooks and curves.
After letting the paint dry overnight, I was able to grab a light bulb and assemble the finished product. I am very happy with the outcome. It will make a great addition to my bedroom and definitely take up a lot less space on my night stand.
As I previously mentioned, I am a co-host for the Inspire My Creativity: Thrift Store Makeover and link up party. If you’d like to join us, we post the second Wednesday of each month.
8 thoughts on “Inspire My Creativity: Thrift Store Makeover”
Wow that lampshade looks sooo much better than the zebra print haha! I love how it turned out!
Seriously, that paper came from the dollar store?? I have an old lampshade (from the thrift store, of course) I’ve been wanting to update but I never thought to check out the dollar store for some paper. It looks so awesome!
Your lamp turned out so good! Such a pretty print on that paper!
I see lamps all the time at the thrift store and always pass them by because of the eyesore lampshade. What a great transformation you did! Next time I will pick one up to do the same.
Isn’t it crazy how the master bedroom always seems to be the last priority, and yet we spend the most time there! Cute paper!
Love the print of the paper you chose!
The print you found is so cute! I definitely like you new lamp better than the old one.