Peer Pressure Refresher

So, have you tried it yet? You should do it.  EVERYONE is doing it.  All the cool kids do it. C’mon, try it, just once.  I guarantee you’ll get hooked! Just give in to the urge to redo a thrift-store lamp already!  Look at all the fun you’re missing!
Serena at Thrift Diving found this sturdy but stodgy lamp for a mere $10 bucks at a thrift store.  She painted it a canary yellow and, would you believe this, found TWO of those awesomely awesome shades for $2 at the SAME thrift store on a different day! That is some good thrifting ju ju.

Or, if you’ve got the cool lamp but need a worthy shade, here’s a funky option. This fish scale shade was made by painting and gluing individual hand-cut circles out of heavy brown vinyl, from Pam and her tired fingers at Simple Details. Love it!  Thanks ladies!



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  1. I’m so jelous over the regal burlap lamp shades. Who would’ve ever thought those 2 words could be used to describe something good.

  2. Love that canary yellow and the stenciling on the burlap shade. Too cute. I need some of that thrift store ju ju!

  3. Carla P says:

    wish I had a great thrift store…gotta move out of the boonies.

  4. Love both lamps! They look great!

  5. Where are the thrift stores these DIYers find? The ones in LA are over priced, hardly ever have furniture and I envision bed bugs jumping out at me as I browse.
    I love the yellow lamp so beautiful.

  6. SERIOUS thrift store/junking envy on those lampshades. It’s like a urban legend of thrifting!
    Trish
    http://www.mash-upchic.blogspot.com

  7. Very awesome! I love that overhand light. I want one so bad!

    @RoinLA: Have you tried smaller thrift shops such as church thrift shops or small non-profit thrift shops? They tend to have some awesome stuff and because no one goes to them, they’re inexpensive. I find some really cool stuff at our local animal shelter thrift shop for very little!

  8. Good tips Nessa! I tend to forget about those …

  9. Lindsey, thanks for the feature on my thrifting burlap lampshades, girl! I find the best stuff at my thrift store! My whole house is outfitted by my thrift store greediness. (My husband hates me for admitting that to the world, haha).

    Like RoinLA said, I also imagine bed bugs jumping out at me. Freaks me out, but I’m careful to check everything before bringing anything in!

    Stayed tuned, ladies. Tons more projects coming as I figure out this DIY blogger thing! :)

    Serena
    http://www.ThriftDiving.com

  10. Burlap shades are everywhere! I love them and the yellow paint is so pretty.

  11. VERY cool! I’m adding both ideas to my to-do list. Check out the lamp overhauls I blogged about this week:

    http://bluestarantiques.blogspot.com/2012/02/light-way.html

  12. Thanks so much for including my little project, Lindsey! We have Goodwill and Salvation Army all over the place with great prices!

  13. I love the standing lamp shade transformation – with the shells. So natural, simple, and graceful.

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