Saving Money: DIY'ing Goodwill Pieces
Staying on top of interior decor trends can take a major toll on your wallet which is one reason DIY projects are not only fun, but also practical. My friend Val was in need of new lighting for her living room and we decided a gold lamp would update her space nicely. Because we were on a tight budget all of the inexpensive options we found were still impractical us. That is when we took a trip to Goodwill. I love to shop at Goodwill because there is constantly new inventory and I have found so many pieces that I have been able to transform. That day we found a wood and brass base that had a shape she loved, but a finish that looked like it was straight from the 1980’s and it was a price you cannot beat, $4.50!
We weren’t lucky enough to find the perfect shade that day, but a week later I was on a business trip in Madison, WI and drove by another Goodwill store. (I can’t help myself when I drive by a Goodwill, I just have to stop in!) There I found two white drum shades that were brand new for $2.50 each! Even shopping discount stores, shades start between $10 and $15. Needless to say I picked up both shades because I know I will have a need for the second shade sooner or later.
The lamp base we found came home with me and got two coats of Rust-Oleum 1910830 Metallic Spray in Gold, (which is my favorite brand and color). After the quick spray and a new shade, the lamp completely transformed and updated her space, for a grand total of $7 + part of a $2.98 can of paint!
And because I love gold lamps so much, I spray painted another Goodwill find for my own apartment. Coincidently while online shopping I found out my lamp is a doppelganger for a CB2 lamp which retails for $179! Obviously I think the CB2 lamp is gorgeous, but I only paid $9.50 for my Goodwill lamp and shade (plus the cost of some more of the Rust-Oleum 1910830 Metallic Spray in Gold)!