diy: thrift store lamp update

I picked up this pair of lamps for $20 at the thrift store a while ago. I really liked the lines and curves of them.


I wanted to make them more modern and of course, add a touch of gold. Just call me Midas.

If you would like to do a similar lamp update here is what you’ll need: 


-primer spray paint

-black spray paint (or color of your choice) 

-painters tape 

-gold spray paint (or color of your choice)


First, you will want to lightly sand your lamps, just to get that top coat off to give your paint something to grab onto. Once you’ve done that. Tape up your cord and socket.


Now scary a couple coats of primer on each lamp, allow to dry in between coats.


Once you have a nice cover of primer and the paint is thoroughly dry, take a light grit sand paper and lightly sand to give you a nice clean base to spray your color on to.

Spray 2-3 coats of your black spray paint, allowing to dry in between coats. Make sure you have a nice solid color all over.


Allow your black paint to cure over night so you don’t have any mishaps with the tape when you add the gold.


After a day of curing, tape off the bottom of your lamp base to your desired height for the second color. Use a plastic bag to cover the top of your lamp so you don’t get any over spray on the top. IMG_5259.JPG

Spray evenly with metallic gold paint, use 2-3 coats and allow to dry for a few hours before bringing inside.


I ordered some Black Lamp Shades from Better Homes and Gardens online. You can find similar here.

And here is what they look like in the living room! I am trying to decide if seeing the partial inside of the lamp shade is bothering me or not. So who knows, they may move to a different room in the house at some point. But for now I am going to enjoy them. 😉







If you have any cool DIY Lamp Ideas please share below! I love when we can build off of each others inspirations!





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