Trash to Fabulous Treasure – Lamp Makeover

A couple of weekends ago I convinced Ryan to take me to some garage sales. I was so excited! I went to bed early, set my alarm clock, and woke up late. I guess in my excitement I set the alarm to pm and not am. You garage sailers know that you have to get there early to get the good stuff, right? I know how to get great stuff at yard sales. I was really disappointed that we didn’t get that early start.

The first few we went to were a total bomb. I crossed them off the list and almost pouted with the big lip and all. I didn’t want Ryan to think this was all that garage sailing was about. I wanted him to see that there is treasure to be found.

Thankfully the last house on my list had a couple of great finds. We got a sewing machine (it’s been on my list for a while) and a toddler bed set for the little one. He also got a cute little rocking toy for a buck. You can’t beat that. All in all I only spent $25 there and the value of what I had exceeded $200. The stuff was in pristine condition and the brands got great reviews.

The funny thing is my favorite find came from a garage sale that wasn’t even on my list of sales to make. We stopped there because it was on the way home and I just figured since I still had $15 left I’d see what they had. The sweet ladies there saw me eyeballing a high, wingback chair. They wanted $20 for it and even went down to $15 but I declined because frankly, I was scared of the reupholstering job that would need to be done. So far I’ve only done some simply reupholstering with my sister. I wasn’t ready to tackle the wingback. I did however give them a few tips on how we do it so they could attempt the reupholster themselves if they wanted. I regret not buying that chair. Do you ever do that?

I found a cute pair of jean capris that I had to have because I’m losing weight and all and have no “in between size” clothes. They were a deal for $1. I also spotted this beauty while I was there…

When I asked how much it was I swear I heard them gasp. I think they were shocked that I wanted it. I made sure it worked and then purchased it for, you guessed it, $1. It was dollar day, I guess.

The funniest thing was when I brought it back to the car. Ryan was like, “um, honey. What are you going to do with that?”

That was his sweet way of saying that isn’t going in our house!

It told him not to worry and just take me to Lowes. I had an idea of what I wanted to do with it and needed some supplies. I had seen this beauty on Pinterest (if you need an invite, holla, mmm, kay?): Martha Stewart Lamp. I knew that is what I wanted to do with my $1 find. I bought some sisal rope, a new hot glue gun (I had to retire Stella), and a sander but the project I used that for will have to wait for another day. Anyway, between the rope, hot glue sticks and ugly but potentially gorgeous garage sale lamp I only spent $14.

When I got home I removed the base from the lamp, hot glued that sisal all around the base and switched the lamp shade with one I had at the house.

And here she is…

Ain’t she purdy? Here is a close up.

She likes to pose.

And here she is from another angle.

It was so simple. This baby had so much potential. I’m so glad I saw it. She was going to be thrown away if I didn’t buy her. Can you believe that?


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  1. Great find and great job….too bad you didn’t get the wingback! My friend Wendy just posted an easy tutorial for it!

  2. Love what you did with the Lamp. I don’t have an eye for trash to treasure finds. Wish I did:). I love garage sales tho:)

  3. It’s BEAUTIFUL…thanks so much for sharing!

  4. What a great idea! Very nice!


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