Thrift Store Lamp Upgrade.

November 18, 2013

Neon Lamp (10 of 24)Every time I go to a thrift store, I take a hopeful lap around the lamps section, knowing that one day, maybe, that perfect teak, MCM lamp will be sitting there waiting for me. It hasn’t happened yet, but I never give hope that it will one day. Until then, I needed something for our guest room, and I wanted something a little different than your standard lamp and shade. One afternoon at a thrift store I frequent often, I found this guy:


It was a simple wooden base with a brass stem and yellow cord. Nothing too spectacular, but just different enough to warrant the $2.98 that it cost.

I decided to paint the base black, and I bought some inexpensive neon cording from a craft store to wrap the cord. I used a spray glue (Elmer’s), which was kind of a sticky mess, so I would love to hear suggestions of a better way to execute this cord wrapping method!

imageAlso, who knew cord wrapping would take so long? Just FYI – this cord, a standard length, took me about 2 hours. Right when I was ready to quit, I realized I was already half way through – it was too late to turn back!

After wrapping the cord and letting it dry, I bought a round bulb from Lowe’s.

Neon Lamp (13 of 24) Neon Lamp (17 of 24) Neon Lamp (21 of 24)Just a little something new – what do you think? Is it awesome? Or trash?

8 thoughts on “Thrift Store Lamp Upgrade.

  1. Marlene @ Jade and Fern

    This looks awesome, Katy! The shape of the “stem” (?) totally fits with a bare bulb look. I’ve never done cord wrapping so no tips there, but it’s not the first time I’ve heard it’s a pain in the tuckus. Looks like it was worth it though!

  2. Laura

    Oh Girl! I feel your pain on that cord wrap! I did that a few years back to 3 separate cords of hanging lamps that needed to look fabulous to warrant being hung from my ceiling & swaged back to the wall. It was excruciating, but worth it 🙂


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