Inspire My Creativity: Thrift Store Makeover

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.

Thrift Store before
Nightstand beforehand – no 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.

Thrift Store before

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.

Thrift Store paper
The perfect paper for my lamp shade

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.

Thrift Store Shade complete
Paper is attached to 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.

Thrift Store base
Ready to tackle the base.

I ended up using a sponge style brush as it made it much easier to get into all the little nooks and curves.

Thrift store paint
Base paint being applied

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.

Meredith  |  The Designer DIY
Cathy  |  A Boy and His Mom
Missy  |  Gypsy Magpie
Meg  |  The Kusi Life
Kim  |  Creigh-ations
Candice  |  She’s Crafty


8 thoughts on “Inspire My Creativity: Thrift Store Makeover

  1. 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!


  2. 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.


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