Goodwill Lamp Makeover – Trash to Treasure


Friends, it’s Trash to Treasure day!  On the 2nd Tuesday each month, my bloggy friends and I each transform a free or thrifted find into something useful and beautiful – theirs are at the end of this post.  (Find all of our previous T2T makeovers HERE.)

This time I updated this Goodwill lamp:

How to give a Goodwill lamp a chic French makeover - by Girl in the Garage

I’ve never done a lamp makeover before, but this one was only a few dollars so I figured I didn’t have much to lose.  It has been in my basement for over a year though, and since we’re working on redoing the basement I have to get unnecessary items (like extra furniture and decor *ahem*) out.

This was my first idea:

Almost a failed lamp makeover!

Tulle.  I don’t think the idea was terrible, but I really did not like how it was looking… I could’ve added more tulle strips but I don’t think it would’ve helped.  The main problem here was that after I removed the old lampshade material, there was nothing connecting the top and bottom rings.  Most lampshades have wire, but this one didn’t.  So in the photo above, the bottom ring was just hanging there suspended by the tulle strips.  Not ideal.

After I untied all the tulle, I painted the rings to match the base that I already painted.  I’m not sure why I didn’t do that first.  Duh moment. I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Pure White.

How to give a Goodwill lamp a chic French makeover - by Girl in the Garage

After digging through my fabric stash, I discovered about a quarter yard of this Frenchy gray fabric and cut it into strips.  Most were 20 inches, then some 17 and 15.  They’re all about one inch wide.

I tied the strips on and decided not to use the bottom ring after all – I like how the fabric just hangs loosely.

How to give a Goodwill lamp a chic French makeover - by Girl in the Garage How to give a Goodwill lamp a chic French makeover - by Girl in the Garage

I applied General Finishes High Performance Topcoat over the paint.  (Just trying an alternative to wax…)  I think it kinda looks like milk glass, do you agree?

How to give a Goodwill lamp a chic French makeover - by Girl in the Garage

I’m still not 100% convinced that I love my Goodwill lamp makeover, but it’s growing on me.  I love the colors and I love that the style is both a little bit shabby vintage and a little bit funky.

How to give a Goodwill lamp a chic French makeover - by Girl in the Garage How to give a Goodwill lamp a chic French makeover - by Girl in the Garage

Honestly… help me out.  What’s your opinion of the transformed lamp?  Any other ideas for what I could’ve done instead?

How to give a Goodwill lamp a chic French makeover - by Girl in the Garage

Jen

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10 Comments on Goodwill Lamp Makeover – Trash to Treasure

  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    June 14, 2016 at 4:52 am (7 months ago)

    How totally fun, Jen! I like your idea and think it suits the French style you were after. Tres’ chic!

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  2. Dotte
    June 14, 2016 at 8:02 am (7 months ago)

    Really cute…would like to have seen it lit.

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  3. Kimberly
    June 14, 2016 at 9:40 am (7 months ago)

    It is cute but I think it would look a little better with the fabric washed and frayed a little to “take the edge off”.

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  4. Just Justin
    June 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm (7 months ago)

    It is very Paris apartment chic! Tres jolie!

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  5. Christy@ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
    June 14, 2016 at 4:21 pm (7 months ago)

    This turned out super cute, Jen! I had plans to redo a couple of shades a while back and realized the tops and bottoms weren’t connected either…blew those plans lol. This is such an improvement! XO
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  6. Dixie Lee
    June 15, 2016 at 7:21 am (7 months ago)

    It is cute but with my safety hat on, the reason lamp shades are rigid are so that if the lamp is blown or knocked over, the flammable shade will not touch the hot bulb. This arrangement is probably a fire hazard, especially if you have an old-style incandescent bulb in it. I hate to rain on your parade, but I also would hate if your home or family were injured.
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    • Jen
      June 16, 2016 at 10:57 pm (7 months ago)

      That makes sense. Thanks for your input!

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  7. Diane Anderson-Edwards
    June 16, 2016 at 9:52 am (7 months ago)

    I like the concept, but to me, it just looks unfinished. I feel it needs to be anchored on the bottom as well as the top.

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    • Jen
      June 16, 2016 at 10:56 pm (7 months ago)

      Next time I’ll definitely look for a lampshade where the wire connects both rings. This one stumped me for sure.

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