$5 Thrift-Store Lamp Revamp: Claw-Feet Special


I turned 26 last month and the only thing I felt like doing to celebrate was to drive an hour to a thrift store I'd been wanting to go to for a long time. I follow this particular thrift store on their Facebook page, and they post pictures of furniture and home-décor items that I swoon over, so I had to go check it out.


So on my birthday, Chris, Leo, my mother-in-law, and I toured this thrift store, and I found this pretty little lamp with claw feet and all the lovely detail for only $5. Apparently, no one else saw the potential in this one, and I am so glad they didn't.

This is the before picture. You can see that the lamp is gold and black and not really my style at all.


Do you see what I see? This lamp has so much character because of all the beautiful detail and curves, and my favorite, the claw feet! I've been dreaming about having a claw-foot tub one day when I have a house, but for now this claw-foot lamp will satisfy me. I can't say too many good things about the lampshade though, because, well, it's just kind of blah! In my next post you'll be able to read all about how I transformed this lampshade from blah and dreary to cottage-y and cheery. :-)


Because I wanted the lamp to look a bit shabby-chic and fit into a cottage décor, I decided to paint it

white. I am a very waste-not-want-not type of person, so I used some leftover spray paint I had from a

previous project or two. The spray paint is the Rust-oleom Chalked collection in the shade Linen White.

You can see in the picture here that I taped off and covered the socket and cord to prep for painting.

Next, I gave it a good cleaning with a damp lint-free rag and let it dry. Currently in New England it's

about 90 degrees out, so drying didn't take too long at all.

I sprayed three even coats of the paint in my backyard, waiting at least an hour in between coats. I do like the consistency of the chalk spray paint overall. Considering it's spray paint and not canned paint, I think it gives a pretty good chalky finish. I let the final coat of paint dry for two hours before I started distressing with sandpaper.

I used my dual-sided sanding block with 160/180 grit to distress. Wet-distressing probably would have been a lot easier since I would have had more control, but at the time, I didn't think of it. Bummer.

Not pictured here is the final product I used to seal everything in. I used the finishing paste in the shade Natural by Minwax. Using a lint-free rag, I rubbed in small amounts of wax all over the lamp for a lasting finish.


Here's the final Product! What do you guys think?

I just love the beautiful distressed detail, and it makes a great conversation piece too!

The project was super easy and fun to work on, and it turned out super cottage-y. Check out my next post to see how I transformed the lampshade!

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