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Thrifty Thursday – Guest Post

Ah Thursday… the prelude to Friday… AND the day we celebrate our thrifty finds.  Cheap things make my heart sing.  This week’s Thrifty Thursday makeover is brought to us by Emma from Broke Ass Home.  Our blog-love-story is a great one.  Brought together by the hands of bloggersphere-fate.  Her and I are new-found soul-cysters.  Not only is she a great blogger, she is turning out to be a great friend!  Emma is the queen of projects on pennies.  Seriously, check her out.  Look her up and down, and give her a wink.  And tell her Kenz sent ya.  Here is the story of how she worked magic on an ugly old lamp:


Once upon a time, a crazy lady named Emma bought a really old house and then realized she was out of money. It was then the realization sunk in that if she was gunna make it cute, she was going to have to work her broke ass off with DIY goodies and TONS of thrifty adventures. This was the start of Broke Ass Home.
And…in case you couldn’t tell. Sometimes crazy ol’ me likes to speak in the third person for narrative effect. Hi, everyone! My name is Emma Wagner and I am the broke ass lady as mentioned above. I have one project that I am just dying to share so Kenz was nice enough to let me blog crash and show y’all my goodies.

This, my friends, is how to DIY a Target Lamp for $40. ChickaChickaYeah.

If you’ve never been to a Habitat for Humanity ReStore- Do It. Like now. This blog post will still be here when you get back. I’ll wait.



Wasn’t it AWESOME?! Now I hope you snagged an UGLY lamp as that’s all you need to create a beautiful, sculptural piece of art in your home. 

Take your ugly lamp (I got mine on 50% off day for $2.50) and remove the electrical bits (Unless your H4H rewires, then you don’t need to, if they do, cover the electrical bits in aluminum foil.) I always recommend rewiring lamps from thrift stores since you don’t know their history. Were they in a flood? Has a lightbulb corroded in it? You just don’t know. Best not to burn your house down and spend the $10 for a rewire kit at Home Depot.


Now, don’t get me wrong. This lamp is UGLY. Like, my husband didn’t know what I was thinking when I came home with this thing. It was glossy mohagony with either oiled brass or super duper dirty brass. But I really liked the shape of it as it reminded me of a lamp I loved from Target. The original lamp at Target ran about $90 if you wanted the lamp and the shade and I could never justify that. Trip after trip I walked past it and one day it was gone. My heart hurt every day until I decided to take matters into my own hands.


Do you see how the structural integrity is the same? Lots and lots of bumps and curves.

Now, here is how easy this is. Rough up your lamp with fine grit sand paper. Clean it off. If you have to wash it, let it dry completely. Spray paint it the color of your choice. Rewire the bad boy (mine had metal like spikes inside of it that almost made my hand fall off….maybe you should check for that ahead of time) Top with sassy lampshade of choice, or, create your own lampshade like the one I did here and BAM. 

You’re done.


Here was my price break down.

Lamp: $2.50
Sandpaper: $3.00
Spray Paint: $3.50
Re-Wire Kit (I don’t know if it really needed it but I thought it was better to be safe than sorry): $10
Lampshade: $24

Total Cost: $43

Right? Yeah I know, still can’t believe it myself.

Please come by and see me, introduce yourselves, prowl creepily through my life and hopefully learn something. I’d love to “meet” ya!

Loves & Hugs.


Thanks for guest posting Emma.  It’s been a pleasure having you, and your lamp makeover was killer.  Stunning transformation.  And if any of you would like to guest post or simply have your work featured, contact me here.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for Furniture Friday- living room edition.

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