Gold Herringbone To The Rescue: A Thrift Store Lamp Rescue

I remember seeing this same lamp on the set of Murphy Brown years ago,
or maybe it was Moonlighting….
Either way someone decided that a super-shiny brass lamp for your end
table was the way to go.
And we all bought them.
Next to our giant mauve sofa, and on a lacquered table they sat.
And if your decorating tastes were anything like mine back then,
you may have had a Duran Duran poster in your apartment living room.

Well, I grew out my spiral perm, and no longer have a fuchsia leather jacket.
And Simon had to go.
Four kids and a couple decades later, I hope my taste has improved some.
When I found this brassy lamp recently, my first apartment, mini-skirts,
and shoulder pads all came rushing back.
And I knew I had to save her from the 80’s brassy fate.

Here is what I used to turn her from brassy to classy:
Krylon Primer
Krylon Satin Spray Paint in white
Lamp in dire need of a makeover
Lampshade (and lamp harp if needed)
1″ wide Scotch 3M Pro Painter Grade Masking Tape 
Small foam brush
14 K Gold Ceramcoat by Plaid acrylic craft paint

After covering the top of the lamp and cord in paper towels and masking tape,
apply two coats of primer allowing each to dry well.  Once primer is dry apply
two coats of white spray paint, allowing each coat to dry well in between.
Paint a small strip of gold paint around the base of the lamp and set aside.
Using masking tape and scissors, create a herringbone patterns around the
lamp shade.  Carefully apply one good coat of gold craft paint and allow it
to dry well.  Remove tape, paper-wrapped top and cord and screw lamp
shade into place.

Find a fabulous place for your gorgeous new herringbone lamp in your home.

You may already have an old lamp on hand that could use a little update.
If not it won’t take long to find one of these brassy ladies who needs your
help to get a new lease on life.  Until next time…
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  1. LOVE the makeover – and I'll never ever get tired of Herringbone – or Chevron – or Zig Zag – what a great transformation!!!

  2. super cute. I have always wanted to paint a lampshade. Fantastic!


    I think your lamp looks amazing.

  4. I love it, it looks like a whole new lamp.

  5. Hi Tanya, How are you! I love your lamp project! Hope you are well!
    Sadie from Company of 7 Designs

  6. definitely love the new look! well done

  7. Fabulousx1,000!!! This is so much more unique and stylish than anything you could have bought.


  8. I love fixing up old lamps! This looks amazing… the perfect touch is the way you redid the shade – awesome job Tanya!!

  9. Looks beautiful, Tanya! You really gave it a new life. 🙂

  10. Magnificent! You gave this lamp a whole new outlook on life!

  11. Hi, found your beautiful lamp redo on Debbiedoo's Pinterest party. It's amazing what a little paint and imagination can do!

  12. I love this lamp makeover project. Very cool!

  13. Very nice! Love that gold. 🙂

  14. Love the new look!

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  16. Stopping by from the Monday Funday Link Party. Great project! I love how the lamp turned out.

    — Emily

  17. I'm obsessed. This is amazing! I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers!

  18. Great job on the lamp, Tanya! I have a couple of lamps that could use a pick me up. Thanks for the inspiration! -Laurie

  19. Super cute!!

    Very different and fun!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!!

  20. Fantastic makeover! Just yesterday I asked my man not to throw away a tired lamp because I was sure I could redo it. I'll have to ask him if a herringbone would be acceptable!


  21. That lamp is great! I'm loving anything herringbone, PLUS gold…love it. Great job! Makes me want to run to my local Goodwill and scoop up all of the dated brassy lamps.

  22. Tanya,
    Love your lamp! Thanks for sharing it at my Twirl & Take a Bow party. Stop by House on the Way tomorrow to see it featured!

  23. "brassy to classy" !!! this is my new fav line! great job on the lamp and who didn't love murphy brown!

  24. PS, proud to be your newest follower!

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