Thrift Store Lamp gets a Country Makeover with the Farmhouse Hens

Apr 07 2019
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So, a few months ago, I went to my local thrift store to get myself a sweater to make mug koozies for my Christmas in a Jar post. I left the thrift store with two sweaters, some shop rags, a mirror tray and a lamp! To be fair I still only spent $8 and no one really believed I was just gonna be able to get one sweater right?

It honestly hadn’t occurred to me to replace one of my living room lamps until I literally ran right into this one.

I took one look at it and just grabbed it. It was perfect! And I didn’t even know I’d been looking for it!

My old living room had a lot of lovely things going for it but it was never quite right. I started rearranging and doing some fall cleaning late last year with BIG plans for later this year.

I had one lamp I had already given a makeover to that deserved an accompanying lamp that fit more with its style. (The previous lamp I had painted just never fit in here as well as I would have liked.)

I gave this $2 lamp the same treatment I gave my other lamp. I painted it out with matte white paint and then added twine with a glue gun for some interest. All in I spent $2 for this lamp and $12 for the shade. $14 for a new lamp I consider to be a great deal!

Tip when working with twine: To get rid of all of those crazy fly aways run a lighter over it to burn them away.

Unfortunately it is still winter here so I couldn’t spray paint it outside like I wanted to so I had to hand paint it so it took lots and lots of coats!

Thrift Store Lamp gets a Country Makeover with Twine and Paint! Working on the new design of my living room and creating cohesion between two lamps.Thrift Store Lamp gets a Country Makeover with Twine and Paint! Working on the new design of my living room and creating cohesion between two lamps.Thrift Store Lamp gets a Country Makeover with Twine and Paint! Working on the new design of my living room and creating cohesion between two lamps.Thrift Store Lamp gets a Country Makeover with Twine and Paint! Working on the new design of my living room and creating cohesion between two lamps.

I am REALLY excited about my living room even though I won’t be starting work on it for a long while. I’m tackling my garage this spring/summer and I have plans on moving my sofa out there along with the chair, the coffee table and the sofa and chair from my deck as well.

I’m going to take the opportunity then (when this room is nearly empty) to paint it out and refinish the floors which is the same treatment I’m giving the entire first floor of my home after everything was so badly damaged from wood smoke. (You can see the complete makeover I just gave my workshop here and my laundry room here next up I’m so excted to share my finished entryway too!)

And then, for the first time in my life, I will be picking out and purchasing myself a brand new sofa and that makes me really happy for some reason lol.

I have a coffee table out on my deck I plan on bringing in here and adding a tufted top to it and I am also going to be painting out that hideous stone that my ex put on my chimney!

In the meantime, this lamp reminds me of all my fun dreams and plans to come for my living room! And all it took was a few coats of flat white paint and some twine glued on with a glue gun.

Thrift Store Lamp gets a Country Makeover with Twine and Paint! Working on the new design of my living room and creating cohesion between two lamps.

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10 Comments

  1. April 7, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Hi Tarah. This lamp is so nice. I love the cottage look you have it and the white looks like milk glass. Beauty job and 8 bucks is what I paid just for one lamp. You rock!

    • April 7, 2019 at 7:40 pm

      Oh thank you so much Leanna! I’m glad it turned out like it did, I think it fits in just perfect here now!

  2. Barbara
    April 7, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Looks great!

  3. April 7, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Oh my gosh Tarah – this is super awesome! You have given that lamp new life and it’s so beautiful. Love the detailed design on it. Great job my friend!

    • April 7, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you so much Chas! I’m real happy with it, lamps are so much fun!

  4. April 8, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Tarah, I would have scooped this lamp up too! What a steal! It looks so pretty in White & the twine finishes it off nicely! Thanks for the tip about burning the ends. I hate all those fly always! Great update!

    • April 9, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Thank you so much Michelle, I think it even kind of looks like Milk glass. I totally turned out better than I had hoped!

  5. April 8, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Love how you’ve added the jute to your lamp and the new lamp shade!

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