1 Dollar Lamp Makeover

25 Sep

My mom has these bar lamp shades over her island in the kitchen. She has hated them ever since they first bought the house and for a couple years now has always been on the hunt for replacements. She doesn’t like that they look like they’ve been spackled on… as if they were put on before the walls were done. One weekend we decided to do a mini makeover on them. Then we discovered our 1 dollar lamp makeover!

1 Dollar Lamp Makeover


{Before & After}

The entire makeover process took about 20 minutes and very little labor on our part. The secret? Nail polish remover. Unlike other sites that say you have to use acetone based nail polish remover, the kind we used was in fact acetone free and yet it still worked! While I know from experience that acetone removes paint and ink from surfaces, this proved so does non-acetone based nail polish. I’m no scientist, so I have no idea why- but I thought I’d share that detail with you anyway.
All we did was dip a rag in the nail polish remover, and wipe down the glass lampshade. The part with the detailed design needed to be rubbed slightly harder, but it all was still done very quickly with very little effort in our scrub. It took the lampshade from speckled to frosted in 20 minutes and for only $1!!!

1 Dollar Lamp Makeover

5 Responses to “1 Dollar Lamp Makeover”

  1. Amberly Steele September 26, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Great job! Good to know about the nail polish remover!

  2. Julia@Happy House and Home September 26, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    That’s interesting to know!!! I have shades I hate and am looking to replace, but I’m not sure mine isn’t a pattern IN the glass, but I’ll TRY it just in case! I will pin. Thanks for the idea! I’ll come back and let you know if it works for my ugly shades! Julia

  3. Miranda @ Mr. and Mrs. Winslett September 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    This is too cute! Who knew nail polish. I’d love for you to link it up at my link party, DIY Weekend!

    See you there!
    Miranda @ Mr. and Mrs. Winslett

  4. Linda October 3, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Thanks for the tip! Linda

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