So this whole "being thrifty" thing is somewhat new to me. I'll be honest and say that I wasn't raised in a way that I needed to think creatively when it came to how I spent money. I've always been cheap...but that doesn't mean I knew how to stretch my dollar. I just didn't want to spend it in the first place (ha).
But when Chris and I got married I had to learn to maximize the money he was working so hard for and it has been challenging in some ways, but a lot of fun in other ways.
I used to walk into thrift stores and my nose would crinkle. The smell. The dirt. The stained upholstery. The only potential I saw in that place was for Germ-X to make a killing.
But one day I was skimming through and I actually saw something I liked. FOR CHEAP. And I was hooked.
(I am still a snob about fabrics and clothing. I may get there eventually, but for now I buy surfaces that I can sanitize the heck out of!)
So with that long introduction, I am super excited to share my $2 lamp make-over!
When I saw these two brass beauties, my first reaction was to gag a little and bust them with a hammer. Not even kidding. I hate brass. But I tried to see the potential and found several "shapes" that I liked, and that determined which lamps I bought.
They were also having a 50% off sale. SCORE. So I was able to get both of these lamps for $4.
The re-do on these bad boys was super easy, but I'll break it down in steps so it will be easy to find if you decide to do your own.
Wipe down lamp with wet cloth and let them dry.
If you don't want to paint your cord (I painted mine because they were also a brass color), then i would tape off the cord at the base of the lamp, and then also tape off the area where the bulb will go.
Paint!! I used Rust-Oleum Professional High Performance Enamel in a flat black color. This stuff is amazing and creates such a beautiful finish. It doesn't look like paint, it looks like its actually black metal. I used it on my dining room fixture and my kitchen knobs as well. So this was a can i had left over from another project, but it runs around $6 a can.
Let is dry and then touch up any spots that were missed. Find a lamp shade you love and BAM you've got a beautiful and affordable lamp!
Note: The most expensive part of this project was the lamp shade. I got mine at Wal-Mart for $15.97. That kinda killed me a little bit. But I have yet to find a nice lamp of this size for under $25 even at HomeGoods or TJ Maxx. So the entire cost of this lamp was $18. I'll take that any day. ;)