Under Those Lights

Under Those Lights

Ever notice that lamps are ridiculously expensive for what they are?  I don’t quite understand it. They are such a basic electronic. It just doesn’t seem like they should cost so much.  Same with kitchen faucets. Water comes in this end, goes out that end, but it costs like $800. What am I missing?

So, if you too are put off by the idea of spending over $100 on a glorified light-bulb holder, take heart.  And take your old lamps and give them a quick coat of spray paint, and you are in business.  The business of not “getting tricked by a bizNESS.”  That was a Macklemore quote for you.  Sometimes I think I want to give my baby the Macklemore haircut.  Quick, someone talk me out of it.

Here Jenn at Endlessly Inspired gave this $2 thriftstore lamp a happy coat of Ocean Breeze and a fun shade. Just removing those dried flowers was an improvement.

Lighting makeovers on betterafter.net

Lighting makeovers on betterafter.net

And why not update that grand chandelier you’ve never really loved while you’re at it?  Laura at Top This Top That contemplated changing hers for months, then went ahead and threw caution to the wind and just did it.  And now she wonders why she didn’t do it sooner! It looks stunning with two coats of satin nickle and new shades. (And don’t worry, she knows the faux candles are upside down!)

Lighting makeovers on betterafter.net

Lighting makeovers on betterafter.net



  1. February 20, 2014 / 12:03 PM


  2. Jane
    February 20, 2014 / 12:35 PM

    Love the lamp makeover with the blue paint and detail on the shade. Kind of a cool beachy vibe. The chandelier is completely updated and so much better. Brilliant!

  3. Karen
    February 20, 2014 / 12:54 PM

    They both look awesome!

  4. February 20, 2014 / 1:55 PM

    I am starting a new trend with the candlesticks! thanks for sharing today!

  5. February 20, 2014 / 2:21 PM

    Love this post! Finding great lamps at thriftstores and giving them a make over is so fun. I think it shows how much you can really do with them! 🙂

  6. February 20, 2014 / 3:04 PM

    I like the lamp… but, ooooooooohhhhh the chandelier is fabulous!

  7. April
    February 20, 2014 / 4:28 PM

    That chandelier is fabulous, its looks straight out of a catalog! Super inspiring post!

  8. February 20, 2014 / 4:57 PM

    I had to go back twice to make sure the lamp was the same one. It was totally lost in the brown color. Great job pulling this baby out of the dark.
    The chandy stands out much more now too. My fave is the little lamp. Esp. with that shade.


  9. Marci
    February 20, 2014 / 7:57 PM

    Both makeovers are great, but I didn’t think the chandelier was all that bad in the before picture. The lamp, on the other hand was awful. It’s amazing what a little paint can do, and I really like the new shade as well.

  10. LeeAnn
    February 20, 2014 / 8:37 PM

    The lamps are amazing . And your baby with a Macklemore haircut would be amazing. What a fun Before After that would be. Do it now while he’s too young to know what’s going on.

  11. Reenie
    February 21, 2014 / 9:14 AM

    Love them both. Hope all is well with you and your lil one. 🙂

  12. February 24, 2014 / 11:37 AM

    Thank you so much for featuring my lamp makeover!! It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever done. So easy, so inexpensive, but such a huge difference! And that chandelier is ah-mazing!

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