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

#fbf to 1994 (ish) with my buds, @richardwiese and @wendirogerstv Bought that sport coat on sale for about 20 bucks because that’s all I had in the bank. Was 10% wool and 90% “other.” Got caught in the rain with it and smelled like wet dog ass all night.

Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

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