I have a long history of getting my lamps from thrift stores, and it’s been awesome. I’ve had some great luck in that department, and more than once I’ve spent less than $10 and simply needed to paint and add some shades.
I have a TOTAL love affair with lamps, it’s common knowledge and I’m only mildly embarrassed to admit it. Our attic is full of them. Bases, shades, chandeliers… I have SO many and I can’t bring myself to get rid of any of them. Lamps to me are such a great accessory, and I love switching them out with the seasons and mixing things up with new shades and moving them from room to room.
Our main living room in the house also has no overhead lighting, so that likely adds to my lamp love. It’s something we’ve talked about rectifying forever, but we just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Anyway, it’s an obsession.
These ones are a good example…
Those are some real beauties, aren’t they? haha… check out my original post HERE, they were a find that I actually walked away from, only to zip back out at like 7pm that night to snatch them up. Good decision, I knew I could make them pretty!!
I sprayed them silver and added some shades I already had… they ended up looking great, and they lived happily in various rooms for almost two years.
But, as always, my style evolves and I need to change things up. I’m noticing my tastes changing again, much to my husbands chagrin. But don’t worry, hubby… this time it won’t require a whole-home makeover.
There’s going to be another post about that, but for now, I just needed these lamps to not be silver anymore, and I decided on white. The silver didn’t match anything and I need to bring more white and cream into the house.
Just because I want to.
So, I painted them! They turned out pretty well…
They’ve been painted for a few weeks now, and while they’re “fine”, they’re JUST fine. Not awesome. I started to realize that I needed to buy some proper new lamps. I still like these, and I don’t think I’m going to ditch them just yet, but I wanted something new.
It’s not like I was about to go drop $300 or anything, I knew I could hit up Target and take advantage of everything being 40% off. I ended up with not two, but SIX new lamps over the course of a few weeks.. hahaha. I couldn’t help it! They’re SO nice and so cheap!!
Here are the first new set in the living room (with new throw pillows, and new curtains too – the DIY bird tablecloth drapes have been packed up for now):
These ones came in at $23 each after the discount – I think that’s a great price! I almost want to take a bite out of them, haha the colour is SO beautiful…
The pillows and curtains were 40% as well – I guess there are some benefits to Target closing.
I also got another set just because I fell in love with them… lol. I had no idea where they were going to go, and I now have one in the family room on the console table and one in the dining room on the buffet:
These ones even came with the shades! So cute…
The house feels so much more like spring with these new additions – I am so happy with them. I’ve added a few other touches to brighten the place up as well – since it’s still below zero at the moment, I need all the help I can get!
And I have the cutest new find that I picked up from a local Facebook group I belong to… it’s an old milk jug holder and I can’t wait to paint it and fill it with pretty flowers! I already had the glass jars, so now I just need to finish the job and it will be such a sweet centerpiece on the dining room table.
I love how worn and rustic it is!
So that’s the latest around here… I’ve been tackling a lot of spring cleaning and making trips to the donation center. Even though it’s still cold, it’s been sunny, and that makes such a difference, doesn’t it? I love decorating for the holidays, but I think that spring is my favourite because of the light colours and the way it can lift my mood.