Easy DIY Lamp Makeover

I have had an itch for a good old DIY project for a while now. About 6 months ago, I found these old lamp bases at the DI that I thought could totally do the trick. I loved the shapes of them, and since they were the same height, I knew that I could pair them together in the same room. After painting the wall in our living room, I have been wanting to get some lamps to give it a bit of height on our mantle. I wasn’t about to spend major money on lamps, so when I ran into these old ones, I totally saw the potential they could have without breaking the bank!  I want to show you how I did a makeover on some secondhand lamp bases which now look like high end lamps. I am extremely happy with how they turned out!

Here is a list of the items that I used for this DIY.  Feel free to change them up and customize them to what you specifically want. The options are endless!

Items needed:

  • Old lamp base. $4 at the DI. The price could vary depending on where you get them. Check any local thrift shop or second hand store. *Make sure to plug them in and give them a test to make sure they actually work!


  • Gold spray paint$3.86 at Walmart. I only needed one can for both of the lamps. If you are wanting metallic, I suggest this specific kind. I got another one that was gold metallic, and it wasn’t nearly as bright and gold.


  • White lamp shade. $13.23 from Walmart (Click the link & it will take you directly to the one I got.) I personally love the look of white with gold, so I chose to go that route. You could do any sort of shade with it, or even makeover some from a thrift shop to cut costs even more.
  • Sand paper. (Optional) $1 from the dollar store.
  • Lamp finial. (Optional) Some thrift store lamp bases come with missing parts, and one of mine didn’t have a finial on top, so I just bought a cheap one at Walmart that I spray painted as well.

Step 1: Wipe down the lamps with a wet rag to remove any dust or dirt.

Step 2: (Optional) If you are going to sand down any parts of the lamp, do it now. I sanded down a few parts where the previous paint made it uneven.

Step 3: Thoroughly spray paint the first coat on each lamp base making sure to cover all the surface area. I didn’t worry about taping off any parts of it, but you definitely can. I didn’t paint the metal part around the light bulb because I knew it wouldn’t show. Don’t forget to spray paint the finials that screw on the top of the base to hold the shade in place. Let dry.

Step 4: Apply second coat of spray paint. Let dry.

Step 5: Once the paint is complete dried, screw a lightbulb, put on the lamp shade, and you’re done! Simple as that.

Check out the before and afters of my lamps!



Total Cost: $19.16 per lamp.


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I absolutely loved how they turned out! They completely transformed our living room, and were so simple. Spray paint is so awesome, because it can totally change the entire look of an object. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t go on a spray painting frenzy and end up painting the vases and stands next to the lamps as well. I’m happy though because everything tied together just how I wanted it to. This is just the first of many posts about how to feel like you’re living a high class life, but on a low budget!

Below, I attached some photos of lamps I found on Amazon that are more than double the price, and they look very similar. Just goes to show, you don’t always have to pay the big bucks for things to look high class!



Lamp modern candlestick
Amazon Brass Modern Lamp
brass candlestick table lamp
Amazon Brass Table Lamp

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions.


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