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Easy Thrifted Lamp Makeover

Here is an Easy Thrifted Lamp Makeover using a Goodwill $7.00 lamp to create a Pottery Barn knock-off earthenware look. This update was achieved for a fraction of the cost of a new lamp.

Y’all, I’ve been obsessing over these earthenware lamps I’ve been seeing at Pottery Barn and Anthropologie. I shared some of them with you earlier this week on 17 Farmhouse Decor Trends. So do you know what I did? I searched for a similarly shaped lamp while thrifting, and here’s what happened.

First, The Lamp

It would be best if you had an idea of what you want before thrifting. So I studied and took screen shots of the lamps I liked.

Sometimes, I think, “this was meant to be”! I walked right into my local Goodwill and immediately spotted this lamp.

I was thrilled with the size and shape of this $7.00 lamp.

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Thrifted Lamp Makeover

The first step is to add some texture. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use Rust-oleum Textured Spray Paint to cover the entire surface.

Gather Supplies

Next, gather all your supplies.

I was planning as I went but here are the things I used.

Add More Texture

Using a chip brush add a thin layer of Plaster of Paris over the entire surface and let dry.

Next, using the plastic spatula apply a coat of thicker plaster over the entire surface.

You can see another method to achieve an earthenware look when I shared this DIY Faux Earthenware Vessel.

Then, once the plaster is set, you can use a light grit sand paper to smooth any rough edges.

It’s best to do this while the plaster is still drying because it’s easier to work with and you avoid all the dust. I sanded after the plaster had set for approx. 20 minutes.

Add Color to your Thrifted Lamp

The next step will depend on what exact finish you like. I had two different inspiration lamps in mind as I worked on this project. One from Pottery Barn with all the texture and the other from Anthropologie with the colors. So I did a mix of both.

I choose 3 colors for my lamp. First, the base is Graphite Chalk Paint and the bottom is French Linen.

Then using the Old White Chalk paint, I painted the top and allowed it to bleed down over the French Linen paint.

Seal with Wax

Finally, you will want to seal the surface of your lamp. I used a mixture of Clear and Dark Wax because I wanted to allow some of the dark wax to settle into the trowel marks and add depth to the texture of the Plaster of Paris finish.

If you don’t want to darken your lamp, you should use the clear wax alone or use a spray sealant such as Rust-0lenum Clear Sealer in a satin finish.

Thrifted Lamp Makeover Final reveal

How do you like it? I love the texture and the colors. Still not sure about the lamp shade but I have my receipt. LOL

Did you see the before, during and after transformation of this Chest? You need to click here and check it out.

More thrift stores finds and transformations can be found Here – Apothecary Cabinet & Here – Industrial Transformation.

Just as a reminder, here is the before – the inspiration – and the after.

I hope you enjoyed this makeover. Here is another DIY & Re-purposed Lighting Project you might enjoy.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Saturday Meanderings | Life at Bella Terra

Saturday 5th of March 2022

[…] I only wish I had an ounce of Rachel’s talent. Her post will make me look at thrift store lamps in a different way. You can see it here. […]


Sunday 6th of March 2022

Mary, Thanks so much for sharing.


Friday 4th of March 2022

It looks great Rachel! The tone two effect really sets it apart!


Sunday 6th of March 2022

Diane, I'm so glad you like it. Thanks so much.


Thursday 3rd of March 2022

This lamp is absolutely gorgeous! Well done, my friend! I would love it if you could share it on The Fabulous Friday Link Party this Friday. You can find it on my website. Everyone loves your projects.


Friday 4th of March 2022

Renae, I'm so glad you like this project.


Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Wow Rachel! That lamp looks amazing!!!


Friday 4th of March 2022

Stacy, Thanks for your sweet compliments.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Rachel, this DIY is just amazing. It’s hard to believe it’s the same lamp! I will want to share this on Saturday Meanderings….


Friday 4th of March 2022

Oh thanks so much Mary.