light me up.

“The ultimate luxury is time. It’s something that you can never get back. And being able to choose what you do with your own time, to me, that is the good life.” – André Mack: Military Kid Turned Rebel Winemaker, Good Life Project podcast




As much as you are all wishing this post was a detailed account of my first time lighting up as a college freshman (see above title), it is about something much more thrilling – DIY lamps. whoooohoooo

Interior lighting can be SO expensive. Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to afford spending $50 on a single table lamp, I chose to try my hand at revamping a pair of lamps that I found at a local thrift store for $2 a piece.


The country blue and gold combo? Holy 1992. Thankfully, the design of the base intrigued me and I knew it would be an easy update with some paint and a new shade.

I got lucky and the wiring in both lamps still worked. However, if you are on the hunt for an old lamp to update, I would suggest keeping a spare lightbulb or two in your car so you can test the lamp at the thrift store, garage sale, etc. before you buy it. If your lamp is missing any components, such as the frame that the lamp shade sits on, many hardware stores have replacement pieces in the lighting department. 

Before spray painting the lamp, I scuffed down the entire base with a scuff pad and wiped off any remaining residue. To ensure that no paint got onto the wiring, I taped off the neck of the lamp and the lamp cord by placing plastic bags over both and taping around the opening of the bags.


I chose a gloss white for both lamps, paired with woven and textured lampshades.


And the finished product…


… all lit up.


The total price for both lamps and the supplies needed for the update combined: $48


And a few of my favorite things this week…



Retro postcards. Who wouldn’t want to get one of these bad boys via snail mail?



Ferns. I’m obsessed.



The new french press that my brother surprised me with. It brews one mean cup of coffee.



Have a great week, my friends!

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