Two weeks ago I drove by the Salvation Army with my son and decided to stop in again. While I was browsing the lamps, I got really excited when I spotted two matching and crazy ugly lamps. I showed them to my son because I immediately had a lamp makeover in mind.
Me: “Look at these lamps, I want them!”
Son: “Oh, they are freakin ugly. They are the ugliest lamps I have ever seen!”
Me: “I love them.”Him: “You are not buying them, we have no room!”
So we left. That night I kept dreaming about the awesome ugly lamps and guess what? I went back the next day and THANK YOU they were still there.
I grabbed them and bolted to the register. I was so full of joy (I’m serious)! The lady at the register looked at me like I had two heads. And I giggled: “Aren’t they so ugly?”
She looked at me again and asked: “Well do you want them now or what?”
Me: “Well of course I do, how couldn’t I?”
(Update: Several years have passed since I made over these lamps. Someone who loved these lamps bought them from me. I have to admit that if I would see them at a store now, I would still buy them but would give them a different makeover. I don’t think they are as ugly as I thought they were when I first saw them. I’d love to strip the wood and give them a more boho makeover now. Regardless, I still love the first makeover too.)
This is where I have to explain my lamp addiction which was I guess was passed down from my mother who has (and I made her count) 22 lamps in her house. She’s had mostly the same lamps for the past 40 years but I like adding and moving them around. Lamps are expensive, so I can’t argue with Salvation Army when they are selling ugly lamps for $4.
What I love about these two lamps is that they have a great shape and are very big. I love big things (stop it, I know what you are thinking), I’m talking decor here.
They reminded me of Jonathan Adler lamps. I love him!
Unique Painted Lamp Makeover
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While I’m always drawn to painting things white (I guess it has to do with the effect that snow has on me. I just love it when the earth is covered in this clean, calm white), I had to try to at least change it up a little bit. And if you have checked out my blog before then you know that I’m also really in love with stripes.
Quick and easy instructions for lamp makeover
Tip: You might also want to check out my blog post about how you can tell if a lamp is real brass before painting it. Or if your thrift store find is missing a harp for the lamp shades, you can see how easy it is to add one in my blog post HERE.
So I cleaned, taped, and primed the lamps. I love using TSP Cleaner to degrease and clean first, followed by running a tack cloth over the surface to make sure no dust specks are left anywhere.
Kilz Spray Primer is my go to spray primer. It really helps the actual spray paint stick better and I never get any annoying bubbling and cracking of the spray paint either. Just make sure to shake the can really well and long before evenly spraying it over what you want to prime.
After that I gave the lamps two coats of white Rustoleum spray paint.
I had some different shades of grey left and after some more taping, spray painting, and these fabulous Target shades (I always buy shades when I see a great cheap pair at a store), this is the lamp makeover I came up with:
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Aren’t they awesome? Or is it just me? I love them even more now and nobody has called them ugly since. My mission is accomplished!
Do you get as excited as I do about ugly decor?
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