Spring 2016 Thrift Store Upcycle

I’m so excited to bring you this Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! I’ve teamed up with 20 other bloggers for this thrift store blog hop. The rules were simple–take an item(s) from a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. and transform it into a new piece of home decor. There was no budget or theme to stick to so we were free to let our creativity run wild!

Meet the Hosts

Spring 2016Thrift Store Upcycle

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den     
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main    
Emily | Two Purple Couches     Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Debra | Shoppe No. 5     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House     
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim      
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage


I found this nice heavy lamp and at our local thrift store for $5.00. I’m not a big brass fan, but saw the potential of something it could be that would work for me. I like the thin line of the lamp and how tall it is. I knew after I gave it a face lift it would be perfect for the space I had in mind for it. Here’s what I did:

Upcycled Lamp Supplies

  • A Lamp 🙂
  • A flat sided lampshade. (I found one at the thrift store. Not the one pictured above.)
  • Chalk Paint
  • Sponge Brush (This leaves a smoother finish on the brass.)
  • Sandpaper
  • A Lot of Paint Stir Sticks 
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Stain (optional)


Upcycled Lamp Instructions

  • Clean your lamp and lightly sand the surface to help the paint adhere.
  • Brush on your first coat of chalk paint. Let dry. Chalk paint is known for how well it adheres to the surface of almost anything. I like the look of it over a spray paint.

After the first coat.

  • Apply a second coat of paint and let dry.
  • For the shade you will need to find a flat sided one.
  • Using your glue gun adhere each paint stir stick in place. If your shade is angled you will need to leave a small space between each stick.


  • (Optional) Stain the sticks and let dry.
  • I glued some jute rope in a couple of places on the lamp.


  • Be careful with the lamp in the beginning. After a few days the paint will have cured and should hold up to use.

Turn any old lamp into a piece you would be happy to put into your home with this free tutorial.

Turn any old lamp into a piece you would be happy to put into your home with this free tutorial.

I love how it turned out and it only took about an hour total to make. 

Turn any old lamp into a piece you would be happy to put into your home with this free tutorial.

What kinds of things would you do to recycle a lamp? I’d love to see examples if you’ve already done one.

Be sure to check out my fellow bloggers’ projects too! 

Lamp Collage
Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


  1. Dru, I love your lamp shade! This is so clever, and it made the lamp look like a totally different lamp.

  2. LOVE the paint stick lampshade idea – Genius!

  3. Super cute and rustic! I love great conversation pieces!

  4. I NEVER would’ve thought that you picked that up at a thrift store! Love it!

    • I never would have either, but I loved the height and it is super heavy. I knew there were possibilities. Thanks so much.

  5. What imagination you have! I love the new look you gave this lamp, especially the paint stirrer shade. Fun!

  6. Love this lamp update! Can’t believe it was only $5! This was so creative.

  7. Wow I love this lamp. I keep meanig to paint the ones in my master bedroom. You have given me the inspiration. And the lamp shade is wonderful.

  8. Wow! Lovin the stir sticks on the lamp shade. Your new lamp fits in perfectly with the rest of your table decor!

  9. I love your lamp!! I would have never thought about using paint stir sticks for the lamp shade!

  10. Amazing makeover on this lamp! I’ve used paint sticks, too, for a lampshade makeover…can’t beat the price, right? lol love the lamp stand, too, it has feet! How fun! You knocked this project out of the park!

  11. This is such an awesome makeover! I love the paint sticks on the shade – so clever!

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