Projects & Improvements

Before & After: From Brass to Blue Lamp

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As a frequent thrift and yard-sale shopper, I often come across brass or gold-colored objects. The shape and style might be perfect — like the classic set of heavy candlestick holders I recently scored for a couple of bucks — but the finish doesn’t match the rest of my decor. That’s why I love this simple lamp redo. It follows my thrifter’s motto: Spray paint to the rescue!

Michelle from That Mommy Blog roughed up the surface on her $6 thrift score lamp ever so slightly before applying three coats of Valspar’s Mediterranean Gloss. She also painted the base and new finial in Oil-Rubbed Bronze and bought a new shade in white (“for now”).

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The revamped lamp looks so classy you’d never guess it was a cheap thrift score. Good job Michelle!