Try This Blah to Brilliant Thrift Store Lamp Makeover

Lamps are expensive—forget paying full retail when you want to freshen up your décor! Hit the thrift store instead. If you can find a lamp that’s about the size you want for under $10, you should scoop it up, even if you don’t love it. Because here’s how to love it: Paint the shade a bold stripe, spray the base in of-the-moment copper, and suddenly it’s transformed into the fabulous lamp you almost spent $100 on at the store. Well aren’t you smart?

Clinton Kelly Lamp Before After

Blah to Brilliant Lamp Makeover

You will need

  • lamp & shade
  • spray paint
  • craft paint
  • painters tape


  • Tape off light bulb socket and lamp cord with painters tape. Spray desired color, using several light coats. Let dry. Remove tape.
  • Using 1” painters tape, tape around lampshade in alternating stripes. May need to do with sections of tape depending on shape of the shade.
  • Paint non-taped area with craft paint in several coats. Let dry. Remove tape.
Clinton Kelly Lamp Makeover

Mary would like to thank the lovely, generous people who gave me stuffed toys for her while I was on book tour. As you can see, she thoroughly enjoyed them last night when I returned home. Would you mind coming over this morning to clean up their guts, which have been strewn in every nook and cranny of our apartment. Thanks! 😘

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