Garage Sale Lamps: Nothing a Lil’ Spray Paint Can’t Fix

In most cases, I think that a lil’ paint can cure everything, make anything look better. I’ve been doing a lot of painting in the new house. Walls, brick, frames, dressers, lamp shades, trim… A lot of painting. And it all looks fab.

But who knew there was one thing paint couldn’t fix?

Since we started buying stuff for our house (meaning the basics of life) more than three years ago, lamps and I have not gotten along. But who am I kidding? I can’t blame the lamps. I was an impulsive-garage-sale-lamp-buyer. When something is like 2 million % off, it looks great right? So $4 lamp at a garage sale? I’ll take it. And that happened like four times.

But then I would get home and realize it wasn’t what I wanted. Like at all. But my husband made me keep it. Because we bought it. And in that moment at the garage sale I swore it was great and wonderful and I loved it. It may sound mean, and I did pout and whine, but he is right. I needed to be willing to pass by cheap but only “ok” lamps in order to find what I really liked.

So for a while he forbid me from buying lamps. I was constantly trying to replace the ones I didn’t like with something just-slightly-better. Fortunately, we did get a couple of cool lamps in the beginning before I was banned. But man, there was one I. Just. Hated.

Paint couldn’t fix it, it was just the design. Ugh. And I couldn’t do anything about it. I was forbidden. Until one fateful day.


We went to a garage sale, and I saw two. Two burnt orange (like Texas Longhorn color) lamps. They were of course super cheap. And best of all, they had a great shape and were ceramic, so I could easily paint them. If I was allowed to buy them. Lucky for me, the hubs took pity and shelled out $10 for both.

I took them home and assessed my spray paint collection. Since they were going to go in our bedroom, next to our beds, on the dark grey nightstands, I wanted something that would be bold.

Enter Rust-oleum Lagoon. A lovely deep teal. I taped up the cords and tops and got to work.



They turned out awesome!!!


I instantly put them up in our room and marveled. It looked sooooo much better. The color looked awesome with our grey and purple and mint scheme on the bed and even with our at-the-time kelly green headboard. Did you know that? We left it at the old house because the buyers wanted it! Yay! And…. it was bolted to the wall.


So here are the lamps at our old house with the old lampshades that didn’t match and I wasn’t crazy about one of them.



But overall, the lamps were such an improvement! Victory is (kinda) mine!

Later this week I will show you how I changed up the lampshades with…. you guessed it! Paint! And you’ll see them happily on display in our new home. :)

Seriously, come back later this week, they look uh-mazing.

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