The First Thrifty Tuesday–with change or two

So, remember last week I said I would do Thrift Store Tuesday and Work It Out Wednesday?

Well, scratch that.  I decided to combine the two into just “Thrifty Tuesdays.”  After thinking it over, I decided that there is really no reason to make you wait until Wednesday for the big reveal. It’s like when you watch a makeover show and they drag out the reveal over commercials and hemming and hawing. I hate that! Get to the point already…

Plus I just can’t wait a whole day to brag 🙂

With no further ado, I present to you the first Thrifty Tuesday!

Here is a lamp I found at my favorite thrift store. 


It’s not totally hideous. It’s actually kind of charming, but I’m not crazy about the blue eyeliner.

And here it is, refabbed and recrafted, with a new (also recrafted, more on that later) lampshade:



What I did:

1. Wipe down the lamp with rubbing alcohol to remove dirt.
2. Tape up all parts that will not be painted. Roll up the cord and tape that up as well.
3. Spray (outdoors) with Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x in Gloss Colonial Red.

Easy Peasy.

The lampshade? That’s a tute for another day only because I didn’t document it when I made this one. You guys are a clever bunch so you might be able to figure it out from the basic gist. It involves metallic spray paint and strips of adhesive vinyl. As soon as I can hightail it over to Ikea to get another shade I will do another one.

By the way, my favorite thrift store is about to get even better! Imagine my delight when I saw a brand-spankin’ new Goodwill Outlet building just a couple of miles down from the current one. I briefly thought we were getting a second one, but I knew that would be too good to be true. The fact that it’s moving to a new building means that it’s going to be around for a really long time, yay!

Got a Suggestion for a future project? Please let me know below!

p.s… I’m looking for a new look for my blog. I will be experimenting with different looks shortly, so if it changes periodically, that’s why. If you have ideas for me, let me know!

One thought on “The First Thrifty Tuesday–with change or two

  1. Libby says:

    Thank you for not making me wait. I love the recrafted look. That red is an amazing shade and it brings out the best in this lamp. That’s a very cool shade too.

    When you can find a really good Goodwill, it’s definitely a score! My aunt lives in the capital and she knows where the good ones are.

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