Guest Post: Lamp Makeover
November 4, 2010
If your local Goodwill store is like mine, there is usually an abundance of old ginger jar lamp bases that look similar to the ones pictured here:
Image source: Kelly Wearstler
Seriously. They are most likely disguised by a coat of dust and sometimes a sad shade of country blue.
I found this one for the attractive price of $3 and thought the short round shape would make a great little desk lamp. I had some leftover green paint from another project and decided it was just the color to bring this lamp up to date. For a smooth finish, I used a sponge brush to apply two coats. I added a black, streamlined shade that I found for $7 at a consignment store.
And, while modern lampshades may not be in abundance at Goodwill, lots of discount home decor stores now carry them. You may also consider using shades you already have and updating them with fabric or even a ribbon trim. I recently did another lamp makeover project for our dining room, using a pair of old lamps and new shades.
Good luck shopping. It’s a great way to add warm light and experiment with adding color to your room, without spending a fortune!
-Emily A. Clark
Editor’s Note: This post was written by guest blogger and Goodwill shopper Emily A. Clark. Stop by our Contributors page for more about Emily, or or read her other posts here.