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Posted on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 : 12:05 p.m.

Refurbishing old lamp creates high-end look for low cost

By Sarah Finks

I have been looking for the perfect lamp to add to the guest room. It should be beautiful, stylish and very inexpensive. Luckily I had this old lamp form T.J. Maxx circa 1999 laying around crying out for attention.

I love the shape of this lamp. Its classic curves will look great in the guest bedroom. But the shade and the dark color are not working at all. Lucky for me I remembered reading a post on Isabella and Max Rooms called How To Get A High End Look For Less - Table Lamps. Just a bit of spray paint and a new shade was all it took. So I gave it a go.


Lamp Before

Sarah Finks | Contributor



Sarah Finks | Contributor


Paint color is Valspar's baby blue

Sarah Finks | Contributor



Sarah Finks | Contributor


Sarah Finks | Contributor

I love this new/old lamp. Maybe later if I am feeling really crafty I will cover the shade with some fabulous fabric. But first I need to figure out a paint color for this room. Any suggestions?

Sarah Finks is a local mom and blogger trying to find order amongst the chaos of 3 small boys and a wonderful husband. Feel free to e-mail me at or check out my blog at



Wed, Oct 20, 2010 : 11:13 a.m.

Nice work! Paint for the room? I'd do a very soft sandstone color with some sort of texture (suede or very-fine textured paint). Just roller on two coats, then dry-brush evenly and lightly with a 3rd coat. I really like Pratt and Lambert Suede stellar.