If you’re anything like me, you’ve accumulated a stash of cast off lamps over the years.  Anyone remember the brass lamps of the 80’s?  How about those heavy, ornate Tuscan style lamps of the 90’s?  Many of those old lamps have reappeared in my house from time to time, only to be relegated back to my attic because they just don’t fit in with my current farmhouse style.  

You may remember that I’m working on my dining room makeover right now.  I need a little lamp on a chest that I have in there and would love to pull something from my stash, but I was feeling very uninspired as I stared at my collection of old lamps.   So, I turned to some of my blogger buds for farmhouse lamp makeover inspiration and they did not disappoint!  I hope you’ll come away inspired too.  

Click on each link above the image to see the befores and please be sure to pin from the original source. 


Turn a plain Jane lamp into a rustic farmhouse thing of beauty with joint compound and paint.  The joint compound adds great texture to an otherwise blah surface.

Anderson + Grant

Rustic farmhouse diy lamp makeover using joint compound and paint.

Dilemma…you want a new copper lamp, but it’s gonna cost ya a pretty penny.  As in $225 worth of pretty pennies.  Does $16 sound better?  All it took was a trip to a thrift store, a little spray paint and a new shade to turn a not so right dated brass lamp into just right!

2 Bees In A Pod 

From brass to copper diy lamp makeover


Here’s another knock-your-socks-off diy lamp.  Why spend $469 for the Pottery Barn version when you can diy your own for $20?  You never know what you’re going to run across at a thrift store!

Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza

Thrift store tripod find turned into a Pottery Barn inspired lamp


Can you pair mercury glass with rustic?  Absolutely!  What could be more farmhouse than a mason jar lamp paired with a burlap shade?

Chatfield Court

DIY mercury glass mason jar lamp wiith a diy burlap lampshade

Just because it’s broken, doesn’t mean it’s useless.  Turn an old thermos into an awesome vintage lamp.  How clever!

House Of Hawthornes

Turn a vintage thermos into an adorable lamp


You won’t believe what this adorable vintage looking little lamp looked like in the beginning.  Is there anything that you can’t do with paint stir sticks?  Genius!

Polka Dot Poplars

DIY vintage lamp makeover and new shade using paint stir sticks


Easy as 1-2-3.  Create a lamp from a glass jug and a lamp kit.

Petal + Ply

Easy as 1-2-3. DIY lamp from a glass jug.

Need to shed a little light outside, but don’t have an electric outlet handy?  Think outside of the box and turn a solar light into a lamp.  With this idea you get a lamp, a planter and a house marker all in one!

The Everyday Home

Use a solar powered lamp to brighten a dark spot outdoors.


In the realm of farmhouse lamps, I would never include a swing arm lamp.  But, add a quick paint job and recovered shade and voila!


In the realm of farmhouse lamps, I would never include a swing arm lamp. But, add a quick paint job and recovered shade and voila!


You can create a lamp from almost anything these days.  Even an old porch balustrade!

The Comforts Of Home

How to create a lamp from an old porch balustrade

How about you?  Do you have any old lamps that could use a makeover?  Have you ever recovered a shade?


Don't stash those old lamps away just because they don't fit your current style. Here are 10 inspiring makeover ideas!

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