A thrifted $5 table lamp gets a DIY terra cotta paint makeover and new designer dupe look.
Oh. my. gosh. I set foot in a thrift store for the first time in MONTHS the other week and it was gloriouuuuuuuus!
I mean angels basically sang.
And what to my wondering eyes did appear? (Wait… wrong season. Sorry.)
A so-dated-its-now-back-in-style table lamp for $5. Okay, well it isn’t really in style. But its shape and texture is super close to the trendy, earthy lamps in high end stores right now.
I immediately snatched it up and knew it could look JUST like this $300+ PB lamp using some paint I had.
DIY Terra Cotta Table Lamp Dupe
- Medium gray acrylic paint (I ended up mixing together white and black Fusion Mineral Paint since I didn’t have a gray… resourcefulness here)
- White acrylic paint
- Chip brush
- Paper towels
- Dark wax
- Wax brush
1. I mixed up my medium gray paint first and applied it all over the lamp in one coat.
2. Once the gray was dry, I dry-brushed on the white. If you don’t know what dry-brushing is, dip the tip of your chip brush into white paint, blot off any excess paint on a paper towel until it feels dry, and brush all over the lamp.
That adds a textured, weathered effect.
3. After I was happy with the amount of dry-brushing, I dip the tip of my wax brush into the dark wax and started working it into all of the grooves of the lamp in a circular motion. A little goes a long way so spread out the wax as much as possible. Too thick of a coat will cause it to feel sticky and not fully cure later.
4. Add a modern lamp shade and done!
And since I used just materials I already had the whole thing was only $5 from buying it at the thrift store. See? Being a craft supply hoarder pays off after all. Shut it, craft haters. 😉
It’s so different from my usual style, but I’m really loving the earthy elements in decor lately. And the fact that I didn’t have to spend diddly to get it.
I’m thinking this lamp might end up in the McNays living room makeover later, which I’ll be sharing more about VERY soon! Ah!