Saturday, August 21, 2010

Goodwill Treasures

~ Not so long ago I saw a lamp that I "LOVED" that was priced at $70 per lamp.  I looked at the lamp and thought, why can't I do that myself?  So I did, I copied it.  But first, I had to find the right lamp to work with I started out on my search.  Every time I passed a Goodwill or thrift store, yard/garage sale.... and even antique stores, I would stop and check for the type of lamp I wanted.  I finally found 2 wooden lamps {in excellent condition) at Goodwill for $4.99 each. 


~ I then went to work on creating the lamps I needed for lighting in my bonus room that I am decorating with a "Patriotic" theme.  I sanded the lamps, primed and painted "tediously" with red, white and blue.  I purchased lamp shades from Walmart for $7 each.  I also purchased a star stencil for $2.75 from Hobby Lobby... {I will use it again on another project for my Patriotic room}.  I used the stencil to trace stars {with a pencil} all over the lampshades and then painted each star "carefully" by hand.  Later, once I took the "after" picture, I noticed that I could still fit a few more stars on my lamp shades and so I painted a few more to fill in the empty spots.  I was so thrilled with the way these lamps turned out.  They use the 3 in 1 bulbs so we can have dim light or the brighter lighting that we needed for reading. 


~ Stay tuned for my next project that is currently in progress.  {Hint?} End tables that I purchased off of Craigslist for my Patriotic room!  I am redoing them and will have before and after pictures as well.  ♥


  1. Hi Lisa, great lamp transformation. The shades are too cute, too. Thank you so much for linking to my party. Could you please add my link to your post so others will find the party you are joining. Thanks so much!

  2. Hi Lisa,
    Don't you just love thrift stores? One can find so many wonderful treasures there...You did an awesome job with your lamps. Now I'm curious to see your pariotic theme room...Will have to come back and check it out. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Smiles,
    ♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

    Love, love, love your sweet blog header picture.


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