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Goodwill Lamp Makeover #brassytosassy

As I showed you last week, we've been working in my youngest son's room to transform it into a Star Wars spectacle of sorts. The board and batten came together can see the post on that here. I'm currently working on all of the details of the room. Lighting is top on my list...his previous lamps were from the boys' nursery and were covered in stars, moons and baby items.

About a month ago, I found a sassy brassy at Goodwill for $4.99.
I loooooove redoing lamps like these. I showed you the ones in my entryway here.

I did need to rough it up a bit to give it a bit of "tooth" to hold onto the paint.
Steel wool was a bit too rough and would leave too much of a mark that paint wouldn't be able to cover. So, I used the scouring side of a sponge to do the job. All I did was rub it with the scouring pad while the pad was still dry. 

Not quite as shiny...ready for paint.

This was the perfect paint for this lamp! I probably could have avoided the scouring step since this paint was intended for metal use, but I tend to be an over-doer on things like this.

I just use light and consistent sprays over and over. It took several layers to get it covered. But this way I avoided drips and got really even coverage.

Then I had one heck of a haul from Goodwill one day last week! Seriously...amazing! Not only did I find that birdcage for my fireplace that day, I stumbled onto this brand new Target drum-shade...only $7.93. Bringing my grand total for this lamp to less than $13 {I had the paint on stash of spray paint is completely unhealthy for any sane person}.

Loving how it looks in the room {red is going to be my accent color in here}.
That printable was from his Star Wars party last year.
I previously downloaded it from My Sister's Suitcase.

I can't wait to show you more progress as we move forward with more Star Wars craziness!

{i linky-party here}


  1. I love redoing lamps! It's way easier to do than it looks and is so impressive when finished. Yours is soooo much better! Great job! Can't wait to see the finished room!

  2. Totally cool lamp and love the Star Wars theme. Never thought to spray paint a lamp. I love spray paint too! So easy and so fun!

  3. Beautiful red! What a great way to add a splash of color in your son's room! What great bargains you found, too!

  4. I love spray painting things. Such a simple project but the transformation is huge. I will spray paint anything. I am hosting a new link party. I'd love for you to link up.

  5. Gosh, you seem to find so many treasures at Goodwill. My Goodwill just has... well, crap. You know, one-sided grill tongs (I guess that would be tong, huh?) Seriously. I guess you're supposed to use the remaining tong to stab the meat to pick it up.

    If my Goodwill gets good stuff, I must be going after the good stuff has already been pillaged.

    I would love to find a birdcage like you found. Soooo jealous.

  6. Love it! Wish I had that kind of look at our Goodwill. Maybe I need to camp outside? Thanks for sharing how you did it in case I stumble across a sassy brassy (love that term!) of my own.

  7. Wow. Love it.I wonder if you would share this wonderful lamp makeover at my linky party going on right now. I can't tell you how much I love this. My husband has a lamp like this in his room and I HATE it. So going to do this and would love my friends and followers to have the benefit of this tutorial. Thanks, Linda Pinning this for future use ... did I mention I love this?

  8. Love the red!! It turned out great!!

  9. Adorable!!! I have done this with some lamps before! Saves bo-coo's!! Would you mind linking this up to our blog hop? I think that our readers would really love it! Thanks!!!

    xoxo, Jordan.

  10. LOVE it!! Its amazing how something not so pretty can be transformed into something amazing with a can of spray paint!

    Jenna @

  11. Totally inspired to not just snub my nose at all of the brassy lamps at the thrift stores now! I love everything about your lamp makeover. Plus, I'm having severe jealousy over the lampshade score!

    Found you via SumoSweetStuff.

    JQ @

  12. Great makeover on that lamp! Perfect for the Star Wars theme!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  13. What a great job. That looks fantastic!

  14. That is quite the transformation. It looks great on the night stand! I am visiting from Coastal Charm!

  15. Amazing how different it looks after a coat of paint!. I love the red, very vibrant

  16. Hi,
    You have some great ideas and we would like for you to share with our readers too. We are hosting our first link party tomorrow and we would like to invite you to link up with us. We have a fun blog to co-host with us. Hope to see you there.

    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

  17. Very cute! I want to try this on some lamps for my bedroom!!

  18. Very cool lamp... love the shade and the color you chose for the base. I guess that means I love it all! Have a great weekend!

    Take care,


  19. It looks great! I love pops of red in boys rooms. My son has a Star Wars printable on his night stand from his last birthday party too! lol! Great job on the board and batten as well!

  20. Wow, what a great makeover! I love the red and the black trim on the lamp shade. :)

  21. Your lamp is gorgeous! I love that sassy red color and the shade with the black stripes. What a value, too. Keep on sharing these fantastic deals and upcycles!