INSIDE: How to refurbish thrift store mid-century modern table lamps with paint and twine.
My husband has a problem. He is “addicted” to a Mid-Century Modern For Sale group on Facebook. I can’t tell you how many times he has tagged me on an item he thinks we should consider purchasing.
Ten dollars later, this is how we wound up with two retro-inspired table lamps sitting in my foyer. And those lamps sat there for at least two weeks, as I walked by multiple times per day, trying to figure out what to do with them.
Apparently, my first attempt at updating them was a Big Time fail. Or as my husband called them “clown lamps”. Can’t win them all but here’s how we compromised with DIY Round Two…
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how to refurbish mid-century Modern Table Lamps
Like I mentioned, this is a DIY home project that unwittingly had two parts. Here’s how we started:
I was super excited when I pulled out a variety of colors and painstakingly spent the better part of a day adding colorful details. And then my husband came home and gasped at what he defined as “clown lamps”. Ugh.
On to Round Two of the saga of the $10 lamps.
– Spray Paint (paint + primer)
– Lamp Shade
– Craft Twine
– Craft Scissors
After taking apart the lamps, pulling out the wire (yikes!), my husband was kind enough to spray paint these “clown lamps” a more calming color combination. Once it was dry and put back together, I updated the lamp shades.
diy table lamp shades
Using some craft twine, I cut a super long piece. I began to wrap it around the bottom half of the lamp shade.
I then made a small knot in the twine at the very back of the lamp shade, where it wouldn’t be noticed.
And here are our $10 retro-y mid-century modern table lamps that underwent a couple wild transformations!
Off to check my Facebook notifications for what my husband has just tagged me on! 😉
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- Make your own custom candles using ribbon and an iron
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WANT MORE MORE THRIFTY GOODNESS?
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below in the Thrift Store Challenge!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.