My poor son has been reading in the dark for weeks.
OK, not really in the dark, but close. He was still using a small, toddler-size light by his bed, and it just wasn’t enough light for his late-night reading adventures.
I won’t leave you in the dark any longer! (Ha!) Here’s his new lamp:
So you can see how much better the scale is…
No more reading in the dark!
I know what you’re thinking…Pottery Barn Kids? Land of Nod? Where did she get that lamp?
Um, the Last Chance Thrift Store. For $6.99.
Here’s what it looked like before:
No shade, tarnished brass, but otherwise totally fine.
I gathered my supplies, including deglosser, white lacquer spray paint, tape, and some towels.
After deglossing the lamp and letting it dry for 10 minutes, I spray painted it. It took about three light coats to cover the brass. I took care to cover the socket and the cord.
I might have also worked on another project, too, while I was all spray-paintey.
To finish the lamp, I added a large shade from Ikea ($19.99) and some felt rounds to the bottom of the lamp to prevent scratching the night table.
So there you go…a new lamp for a grand total of $27.
No more reading in the dark.
Thanks for stopping by! What are you working on this weekend?
Looks great. Can’t wait to see the next project in progress. What is deglosser and why did you use it?
Karen Cooper says
Deglosser is like liquid sandpaper. It substitutes for sanding, which I generally hate. You should wear gloves when using it, though. You can find it at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Evelyn @ My Turn for us says
It is a magic lamp:)) Deglosser huh? I always learn so much hopping around the blogosphere:))) Thanks!!
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What a great transformation! I totally keep eyeing lamps every time I visit a thrift shop…someday soon I will be doing one of these! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see the other project too…:)
Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc. says
I love what you did with that lamp!! I happen to need a new one, hope my thrift shop will yield one just as cool! I also want to say I love, love how you’ve built some storage under your slant wall! We live in an older house with slant walls and what you’ve done is very clever! Thanks for sharing!
Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.