81 Do-It-Yourself Christmas Decorations That Are Actually Stylish

by M.E. Gray

A mega roundup of do-it-yourself holiday projects that are actually cute

Christmas decor comes in a wide range of styles. Some decorations are cute, some are classy, and some are, well... I'll say it: ugly. Sadly a lot of do-it-yourself decorations can fall into this last category, but I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way. I've found 81 examples of stylish Christmas decor that you can make yourself (and proudly display when you're done).          

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How To: DIY Knock-Off Anthropologie Metalwork Hurricane

by Jennifer Farley

Anthropologie Metal Hurricane Knock Off

I have been loving brass metalwork hurricanes lately, especially the ones from Anthropologie. While trolling the lighting aisles of the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store the light bulb went off...the one in my head that is. I could use a brass and glass 1980s light fixtures to make a brass hurricane. Here is how I made my knock off metal work hurricane.   

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No Campfire? No Problem! Make a Portable S'mores Fire Pot

by Holly Wade

No Campfire? No Problem! Make a Portable S'mores Fire Pot

I grew up as a Girl Scout and did my fair share of camping, and the s'mores were always my favorite part. Even as an adult, I would toast s'mores on my gas stove, but sadly my current home has an electric stove, leaving me without a makeshift campire to make s'mores. Rather than letting that stop me, I made this portable s'mores fire pot with Sterno ethanol gel canisters and a planter pot! 

 This is an incredibly easy project to whip up...

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Simple Spring Decor: DIY Pastel Gold Splatted Bud Vases

by Holly Wade

DIY Pastel Gold Leaf Bud Vases

Spring is in the air! To me, spring is always, first and foremost, about color. It's also my favorite time of year to keep flowers in the house, but this can be a very expensive habit. Instead, I've committed to getting my flower fix by picking one or two flowers from my daily walks to display in small bud vases. To honor each bloom, I wanted to whip some special bud vases to give them just-the-right place to live.


 

I found these...

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4 Home Decor DIYs Salvaged from the Recycling Bin

by Faith Towers
4 Home Decor DIYs Salvaged from the Recycling Bin
Photo: Faith Towers

I've been making a concerted effort lately to remember to recycle as much as possible, and it's been working... we have double the amount of recycling as we do trash lately. And then I got to thinking - there must be all kinds of fun DIYs that I could do using all those empty vessels. Keep reading to check out four easy ones that I tried out.   

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How To: 'Dye' Clear Glass Any Color (We Test Two Techniques)

by DIY Maven

 

Looking for a way to create colored glass bottles and mason jars? Why tested two techniques to see which one works best. 

Colored glass bottles
Photo: DIY Maven

 

A few years back, we profiled a new technique to 'dye' clear glass any color. The original maker included instructions that called for mixing acetone (nail polish remover) with Vitrail glass paint. Since posting the profile of the technique, the original how-to has vanished from the...

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5 DIYs To Help You Get Organized Using Things You Already Have

by Faith Provencher
5 DIYs To Help Get Organized Using Things You Already Have
Photo: Faith Towers

One of the (many) things that deters me from super getting organized is not wanting to spend a ton of money on storage containers and other organizational items. But then it dawned on me - why don't I use things that I already have make some storage containers? So today I'm sharing five of my favorite upcycled organizational DIYs that you can make from things you probably already have lying around the house.   

 

5 DIYs To Help Get Organized Using Things You Already Have
Photo: Faith Towers

1. Egg Carton Jewelry Storage - For this project, simply spray paint the outside of the plastic type of egg carton. I cut mine into two pieces and painted each one a different color. Easy peasy!

 

5 DIYs To Help Get Organized Using Things You Already Have
Photo: Faith Towers

2. Plastic Bag Dispenser - This one is made out of a disinfecting wipe container. Cut the label off, spray paint the top, wrap contact paper around the outside and then stuff your plastic bags inside. You'll never have a mess of bags again!

 

5 DIYs To Help Get Organized Using Things You Already Have
Photo: Faith Towers

3. Salsa Jar Canisters - For these apothecary style jars, I spray painted the tops of empty salsa jars and then glued knobs to the top using E6000 glue. These are great for holding bathroom items like I've done, or also things like beads or other crafting supplies.

 

5 DIYs To Help Get Organized Using Things You Already Have
Photo: Faith Towers

4. Contact Paper Storage Box - This catch-all storage box is simply a shoe box covered with marble contact paper. You could also cover it in wrapping paper, gluing it to the box with Mod Podge.

 

5 DIYs To Help Get Organized Using Things You Already Have
Photo: Faith Towers

5. Mason Jar String Organizer - For this one, remove the inside part of the mason jar cap and replace it with decorative card stock of the same size and shape. Punch a hold in the center before you screw it on, and thread the string through the hole. No more runaway string or yarn!

 

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20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized

by Faith Towers
20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: The Casual Craftlete

Who else is in need of some help in the storage department? I know I am, so today we're sharing some attractive DIY storage projects... because it's way easier to get yourself organized when you have cute storage, right?!   

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Erin Spain

1. Add some colorful personality to plain old baskets with this awesome tutorial. [Photo: Erin Spain]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Passion Shake

2. Hide unsightly items like remotes and magazines under the sofa with this clever rolling tray. Get the tutorial here. [Photo: Passion Shake]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo:
 We Can Make Anything

3. Add some extra style and functionality to a wire basket with this DIY fabric liner. Check out the instructions here. [Photo: We Can Make Anything]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: All Crafts Channel

4. If you like to crochet, then this basket might be the perfect project for you. Watch the video tutorial here. [Photo: All Crafts Channel]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: The Navage Patch

5. These herb-alicious boxes are made from scratch and then letter stencils are used to create the text. Get the how-to here. [Photo: The Navage Patch]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Revamperate

6. Here's a unique project that involves some dip dying and a glue gun. Learn more here. [Photo: Revamperate]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Erin Spain

7. Tin cans get a makeover in this easy little tutorial. Check it out here. [Photo: Erin Spain]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Lydi Out Loud

8. Rope is a great material for DIY storage! Find out how to make this ombré rope basket here. [Photo: Lydi Out Loud]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Kristi Murphy

9. Add some serious style to a boring tote, and use it as a storage basket... here's the tutorial. [Photo: Kristi Murphy]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: The Casual Craftlete

10. Paint is the star in this super colorful little trinket box tutorial. Learn more  here. [Photo: The Casual Craftlete]

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Little House of Four

11. Believe it or not, this began as one of those ugly plastic drawer sets! Find out all the details  here. [Photo: Little House of Four]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo:  Bang On Style

12. Upcycle some old jars into these adorable animal-topped storage containers! Here's the how-to. [Photo:  Bang On Style]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Faith Towers

13. This industrial chic storage container was made by yours truly. Check out the tutorial  here. [Photo: Faith Towers]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo:  A Piece of Rainbow

14. These fun storage boxes are made from old cardboard boxes and burlap. Find out how to make your own  here. [Photo:  A Piece of Rainbow]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Akamatra

15. Organize the yarn for your next knitting project using this genius idea. [Photo: Akamatra]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

16. Who knew PVC piping could be so handy? Find out how to make this laundry organizer here. [Photo: Better Homes and Gardens]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: An Exercise In Frugality

17. Channel your inner Kate Spade with these fun storage boxes. Learn more  here. [Photo: An Exercise In Frugality]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Haberdashery Fun

18. This reversible fabric box would be useful for so many different purposes. Get the tutorial here. [Photo: Haberdashery Fun]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Homey Oh My

19. Learn how to cover boxes the right way with this easy tutorial. [Photo: Homey Oh My]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Pretty Neat Organizer

20. Turn wine crates into vertical storage using this clever tutorial. [Photo: Pretty Neat Organizer]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
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40 Scandinavian-Style Christmas Decor Ideas You Will Adore

by Capree K

40+ Scandinavian Christmas decorations

What's black and white and wood all over? A modern, rustic, Scandinavian Christmas! We've rounded up forty (40!!) Scandinavian Christmas decorations that will have you daydreaming of log fires and warm glasses of glogg in no time. God Jul!      

1. Simple Black and White Scandinavian Christmas decorations

2. White Christmas Kitchen Decor

3. Elegant Bathroom Christmas Decor

4. Rustic Bedroom Decor with DIY Branch Garland

created at: 12/12/2012

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Don't Miss These: 50 Secondhand Items You Should Never Pass Up

by DIY Maven

Don't Miss These: 50 Secondhand Items You Should Never Pass Up

We’ve spent enough time on Craigslist and in secondhand and resale shops to know a good deal when we see one, so we decided to put together a list of 50 things that make us a bit giddy when we spot them on Craigslist, or at the ReStore and Goodwill. If we’ve missed anything, please share what you feel  is a great score—and why—in the comments below!

 

UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE of sound construction that can be easily reupholstered. That means the job MUST suit our abilities as reupholsters. (Speaking from personal experience, if the piece is too complicated it may never get done and languish in your basement.)

WOOD FURNITURE that is of sound construction that can be refinished—if necessary—but only if you can use it now or in the near future, can give it to someone who needs it, or flip it (preferably for profit). Furniture takes up a lot of space, which is at a premium; best not to accumulate for “someday” use.

PICTURE FRAMES. Although standard sizes are best (4” x 6”, 5” x 7” etc), finish isn’t a priority. A can of spray paint can make anything coordinate.

ART FRAMES. Usually we start with the art first and then frame it. In this case, think backward and imagine what type of DIY art you could make to go into a secondhand frame.

Goodwill wooden bowl
Photo: DIY Maven

WOOD BOWLS. Not only can they be refinished to your liking, they can be converted into pendant lights

CANDLES. For some reason, my secondhand stores are loaded with UNBURNED candles. Pillars, votives and everything in between. Buy them, burn them, enjoy the ambiance the create!

RAG RUGS (in good condition). We’re talking about those hand woven “grandma” type rugs here. Throw them in the wash and use them to create tote bags or pillow covers. Or, of course, you could use them as rugs too.

BED SHEETS. Bed sheets make fabulous dust covers when doing home remodeling. They can make for a last minute table cloth (both for indoor and outdoor dining). Their yardage alone can make for some great sewing projects not limited to curtains or even clothing.

TABLE CLOTHS. They might not be as in style these days, but a big tablecloth can come in very handy. Again, their yardage alone can make for some great sewing projects, but their original intent is what we like. I found a 72” x 120” white tablecloth at my local Goodwill a few years ago for about $5 just days before hosting and outdoor party in which we were erecting a 4’ x 8’ plywood table (on top of two sawhorses). The table looked lovely and everyone was shocked that they were eating off a sheet of plywood. A thick tablecloth can also be used as a great picnic cloth at the beach or park tossed over a picnic table.

FABRIC. Lots of people buy fabric and never use it. (Sound familiar?) My Goodwill has an entire section devoted to these cast offs.

Goodwill sweater
Photo: DIY Maven

COOL SWEATERS. Sweaters—especially women’s sweaters—can be turned into fun pillows. Look for bright colors or interesting patterns.

TOWELS. Wash them well when you get home and use them for Fido’s next spa treatment. Or, cut them into smaller sections to make perfect shop rags. (You can get A LOT of shop rags out of one big bath towel.)

yarn at Goodwill
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YARN. Much like fabric, my Goodwill has TONS of unused skeins of yarn. True, most are acrylic, but they’re inexpensive and great for practicing your needle arts.

CRAFT SUPPLIES. People lose interest in crafts. Let’s take advantage of it. Rubber stamps, knitting needles, beading, you name it ... you can find it at one point at a secondhand shop. And they’re a great way to expose kids to these kinds of crafts too. Couple a pair of knitting needles with some of that yarn mentioned above and you’re on your way.

BEADED JEWELRY. Sure, you might find some beaded jewelry to wear, but you might find some to remake into something else. 

mirrors at Goodwill
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MIRRORS. Admittedly, most of the mirrors I see have questionable frames. Or no frames at all—especially those huge, beveled edge bathroom mirrors. The former can be lightly sanded and shot with spray paint and the latter can be framed with inexpensive 1” x 3” or 1” x 4” wood trim. 

Goodwill lamps
Photo: DIY Maven

LAMPS. Seriously, we’d never have to buy a lamp from a retail store for the rest of our lives if we didn’t want to. Here again, spray paint is our friend.

LAMP SHADES. Especially BARREL lamp shades. That’s because barrel shades are super easy to recover.

CLAMP LAMPS. We’re talking about work lamps. They’re perfect for the shop but also for photography. (I never seem to have enough on hand.)

TRIPODS. Old tripods can be turned into lamps (both table and floor), and even Christmas trees. 

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS. Think about it … they’re only used for a short while out of the year and yet people still get tired of them. Then they give them away. Christmas-y candle holders, to haunted televisions (seriously, I saw one of those yesterday!) to Thanksgiving turkey platters, thrift stores have them.

HANDWOVEN BASKETS. If you have an occasion coming up that will require a gift basket, think secondhand first. If they’re a little dusty, don’t worry. You can actually wash most baskets. Just fill up the laundry sink with warm sudsy water, dunk them a few times and let them air dry on an old bath towel. If you should be so lucky and find a Longaberger basket, don’t even hesitate. They’re totally washable and totally collectable. (Flippable? Yes.)

CERAMIC PLANTERS. I keep a lookout for WHITE ceramic planters specifically. I always have a small stash of them on hand of varying sizes for when I need to repot a plant.

Goodwill vases
Photo: DIY Maven

VASES. Seriously. They’re like lamps: we’d never have to buy another one retail ever again. Look for simple styles that will work for any room in your home. Remember, it’s the flowers that are on display, not the vase itself.

CRYSTAL. Okay, I’m not really a fan of crystal, but ever since I found a Waterford ring holder at my local Goodwill for $1.99 that retails for $60, I always scan the cut glass section. How did I know my ring holder was Waterford? Because it was stamped on the bottom!

MASON JARS. For obvious reasons.

WHITE DISHES/DINNERWARE. Plain white dinnerware goes with anything! And can come in very handy when company calls. Another personal anecdote here: A few years back we hosted Christmas at our home. We knew we wouldn’t have enough cups for cocoa/coffee. The plan was to find something at the party supply store to pick up the slack, but after spotting a set of the cutest BRAND coffee cups at the Goodwill for just 49 cents a piece, our problem was solved. Forty-nine cents a piece meant they were CHEAPER than some plastic wannabe. Oh, and did I mention they go with my Pottery Barn mugs perfectly??

DRINKING GLASSES. For the same reason mentioned above. Glass—even secondhand—presents better than paper or plastic. Also, for daily use, if the kiddos break them, no biggie.

Goodwill bowls
Photo: DIY Maven

BOWLS … FOR PETS. Doesn’t Fido and Fluffy deserve to drink and eat out of people bowls? Sure they do. And, cereal and soup bowls from the thrift store are MUCH cheaper—and probably cuter—than a pet store alternative.

CAST IRON COOKWARE. Made to last hundreds of years. These can easily be cleaned up and used on the daily. In fact, we have a great guide on salvaging and re-seasoning old cast iron cookware right here

KITSCH. Have you ever noticed that one piece of kitsch is kinda sad but a lot of kitsch is anything but? If you have a hankering to add to your kitschy collection, the thrift store is definitely your friend.

HARDCOVER BOOKS. We love books as much as the next person, but some of those old hard covers at the thrift store are less than desirable. Better they find new life as art or a headboard then end up in a landfill.

BOARD GAMES. Sure, you could play them, but the boards themselves can make for great art, especially in family rooms or kid rooms.

Goodwill art
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ART. Before buying art or even making something from scratch, check secondhand first. If you don’t spot the perfect piece, look for something that can be manipulated to BECOME the perfect piece.

OLD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Don’t worry if they don’t work, because you’re going to make art wall art out of 'em. Just clean that old guitar up first or shoot it with paint to make it really pop.

Goodwill drums
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OLD DRUMS. Okay, they’re musical instruments too, but in this case, drums make for cool pendant lamps.

OLD SPORTS EQUIPMENT. Just like musical instruments, old sports equipment can make for great ‘art’, especially for kid’s rooms or ‘man caves.’ Think old tennis rackets spray painted a funky color and such!

FOLDING LAWN CHAIRS. Again, another one of those things we never seem to have enough of when we need them. Because they are easily re-strung, consider buying them even if they’re less than perfect.

FOLDING TABLES AND CHAIRS. Often referred to as ‘card tables and chairs’, these things are super easy to re-do and are very handy come part-time and holiday season.

DIRECTOR’S CHAIRS. Director’s chairs don’t get enough coverage, if you ask me. They provide for better than usual temporary seating, they’re REALLY easy to remake into your own liking, and you can turn them into side tables. How versatile is that?

Goodwill musical case
Photo: DIY Maven

OLD HARD-SIDED SUITCASES. Or old musical instrument cases. They can be made into a variety of things, including tables and pet beds, just to name a few.

HAND TOOLS. A hammer is pretty much a hammer, as a pliers is a pliers. If you spot a used hand tool that’s in good shape, it’ll last you for many more years to come.

METAL TOOL BOXES. Old metal tool boxes—or tackle boxes—are the best. And if it’s a little rusty, no biggie.

YARD TOOLS. And a rake is pretty much a rake and a shovel is a shovel. A 30 year old shovel works just as well as a brand new one.

CORBELS. Wood corbels are expensive if bought from a lumber or conventional salvage yard. If you happen to spot some at a ReStore, grab them. They can function as objet d’ art or finish a counter/bar.

WOOD WINDOWS. Especially the divided light type. They can be transformed into side tables, room dividers, and backyard getaways, just to name a few.

Craigslist wooden farm table as workbench top

 

FARM TABLES. We’re talking sold wood and rectangular. Such tables offer a huge slab of wood! Buying the equivalent at a lumber yard would set you back $100 or more. We recently bought one such table off Craigslist for $40. We cut off a piece to fit over our big tool box and joined the leftovers to fit our smaller toolbox. A twofer that turned out perfectly!

SOLID CORE DOORS. Our go to’s for headboards and table tops.

FLOORING. Both wood and tile leftovers are plentiful at my local ReStore. No, you probably won’t be able to find enough to do an entire home, but for a small job, it’s a great, cost effective alternative.

CHANDELIERS. Whether they are hanging above bathtubs or in trees, chandeliers have sprung up everywhere. A good way to ride the popularity wave without shelling out a lot of dough is buy secondhand. A shot of spray paint will erase a multitude of style sins.

GLASS DOOR KNOBS. If you see them, don’t hesitate. Even if you don’t use them on your doors, you can turn them into interesting art and decor items, or, perhaps, even flip them. New, solid glass door knobs are more than a little expensive.

 

Whew! Did I miss anything? Let me know if the comments. Or, if you're looking for something to do with some of your newfound treasure, check out our Recycling section for lots of project ideas.

 

 

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Eye Candy: 10 Gorgeous Fall Centerpieces and Tablescapes

by Faith Provencher
Eye Candy: 10 Gorgeous Fall Centerpieces and Tablescapes

Now that the craziness of summer has passed, fall is the perfect time to host a dinner party or a get-together with friends. And if you're like me, designing a beautiful dinner table is the best part (aside from laughing with good friends, of course!). So today I'm sharing ten of my favorite centerpieces and tablescapes that I've found floating around the internet lately. Click through to check them out!   

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Roundup: 8 Trendy Fall Pieces For The Home

by Lidy Dipert

 

Roundup: 8 Trendy Fall Pieces For The Home

Fall is upon us and what better way to get ready for the season than to add these 8 must-have pieces for fall! It's that time of year where we want our homes to begin feeling more cozy and intimate while remaining modern and current. Try introducing some (or all) of these pieces into your home this season for that perfect autumn touch! 

1. Natural Wood Textures

Bring the great outdoors inside your home by introducing natural wood...

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Roundup: 10 Thrift Store Lamp Projects That Look Fabulously Store-Bought

by Jennifer Farley

I don't know about you but I hate spending money on lamps. Don't get me wrong, I love a good lamp... they bring function, balance, and style to a space. I just don't understand why they're so expensive? The good news is that there are plenty of lamps taking up shelf space at your local thrift store for super cheap. Hopefully these projects will inspire you to make a stylish lamp for a fraction of the cost!   

 1. Add some panty hose to a shade and you have a stunner. So easy right? How many times would you have passed up the above lamp at the thrift store. Not now, right? See the tutorial and the other "panty hose lamp" that Mandi from Vintage Revivals makes here.

 

 2. Don't pass up those ceramic lamps in the thrift store. Just like the metal ones, they can be painted. See how Jen from I Heart Organizing painted her ceramic lamp here.

3. Buying a thrifted lamp is cheaper than buying lamp parts at your hardware store. Grab a cheap lamp, a cool vase, and make a new lamp. See how Jessica from Mom for Real made this lamp. She figured out how to do it without even drilling a hole!

4.  Pick a thrift store lamp with interesting detail. It will look expensive and one of a kind once you paint it. This DIY post goes into how you can prep an old dirty lamp for paint. (Hint: you can also spray paint a lamp shade too!)

5.  Dress up those skinny little table lamps with a thrifted ceramic animal. Check out how it's done here.

Thrifted Lamp Updates That Look Store-bought
Two Butterflies

6. Did you know you can tint glass with alcohol ink? Alcohol ink is scrapbooking ink commonly found in local craft stores. I didn't know this either but I might have to try this one!

7. Give a thrift store lamp a little abstract detail. You need to check out the "before of this lamp" to understand how stylish this lamp has become.

8. This lamp was once a $2 thrifted lamp. It got a little updated with foam board and spray paint. Yeah, you need to check this one out.

9. I'll be honest, painting marble intimidates me. But, this DIY looks seriously easy! It requires a tub of water, spray paint, and the ability to roll the lamp base in the water. Check it out here.

10. The ombré effect can make a vintage lamp look super unique. I love the fade from black to white on this lamp. See how it's done over on A Beautiful Mess.

Thrifted Lamp Updates That Look Store-bought
Pin It: Thrift Store Lamps that Look Store-Bought
Looking for more thrift store updates? Check out this Roundup of updated thrift store china hutches.

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