DIY Thrift Store Lampshade Table (DIY Challenge)…

Welcome to the August DIY Challenge, hosted by Terrie at Decorate and More with Tip. (You can see my past DIY Challenges here.) This month we were challenged to create any DIY we wanted. If you are coming over from Patina and Paint, welcome! Wasn’t her project so good? She is so creative! Make sure you check out the links to the rest of the ladies in this challenge at the bottom of this post.

My Project…..

After taking a trip to my favorite local Goodwill and finding an old, ugly lampshade, I decided that my project would be to try make a DIY Thrift Store Lampshade Table. Here is how I did it and the supplies I used…

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Materials Used for this Project…

Thrift Store Lampshade (or maybe you already have an old one in your home that you could use?)
Spray Paint
Table Top from Lowes
Wood Stain
Clear Coat Finish to protect the paint

Just a side note, I was able to get this lampshade for only $1.99! The tag says $3.99, but it was 50% off, which is why I bought it. I knew the base underneath would work for my needs once I got the ugly green plastic off of it.

Step 1 – DIY Thrift Store Lampshade Table…Take the lampshade covering off…

This lampshade covering was plastic or vinyl or something, and came off very easily! I just cut it and off it came.

Step 2, Spray Paint….

Once the cover was off and the piece was all cleaned up, I used black metallic oil rubbed bronze spray paint to paint it. Or course, you can use whatever color you want. Gold or white would be fun too.

Step 3, Stain the Top…

I found this 18″ round top at Lowes for $12. I stained mine using a Minwax Classic Gray, but you could use whatever stain you like. OR you could paint it instead of staining it.

Step 4, Glue Base to Top…

I used some E6000 to glue the lampshade base to the top of the table. I then put some weight on it and let it dry for several hours.

Step 5, Protective Coat…

Lastly, I sprayed some of this Ultra Cover Matte Clear on the entire piece (even the lampshade base) to seal and protect it from scratches, etc. I usually use Minwax Polycrylic but I didn’t have any on hand.

Below is the finished piece. This was so simple to make and I love it how it came out….

I hope you go check out Michelle’s projects at Blessings by Me.

I found a few similar tables on Amazon for a LOT more money. These might be nicer, but I think mine is a pretty good dupe for a fraction of the price.


Check out all the others bloggers projects….



  • Reply Tammy August 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Jodi I LOVE this! So simple and yet so cute! What a great addition to your patio – well to anyone’s patio. Definitely going to be on the look out for an old lampshade. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Reply Jodi House August 4, 2021 at 9:22 am

      Thanks so much, Tammy! I’m so glad you like it.

  • Reply Gail @Purple Hues and Me August 4, 2021 at 9:13 am

    How cool is this Jodi! I never would have thought to use the frame of a lampshade as the base for a table! What a great idea! Your table looks amazing!

    • Reply Jodi House August 4, 2021 at 9:23 am

      Thank you so much, Gail. I’m really glad you like it.

  • Reply Emily August 4, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant!!! Such a cute table!!! I would have never thought about making a table this way, you are so creative!! I love it!!

    • Reply Jodi House August 4, 2021 at 2:18 pm

      Wow, thanks so much, Emily! That means a lot to me since you are one of the most creative people out there!!!

  • Reply Niky August 4, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Very cool! I would never have guessed this was from a lamp shade! So clever. Pinned, AND followed you on Pinterest.
    Niky @ The House on Silverado

  • Reply Carol@BlueskkyatHome August 4, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    This is one of the best DIY projects I’ve seen: it’s very inexpensive, easy to make, turned out great, looks stylish, and so useful. You are brilliant, Jodi. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Reply Jodi House August 4, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      Well! Thank you so much! I appreciate that and am so glad you like it.

  • Reply Cindy August 4, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Jodi, this us fantastic. So creative and I never would think to this either.

    Perfect on your patio.

  • Reply Kelli August 4, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Oh my…I am in love. How simple yet perfect for either modern farmhouse or boho. And here I thought you were going to recover the frame, lol. Perfect dupe!

    • Reply Jodi House August 4, 2021 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks so much, Kelli! I am so glad you like it.

  • Reply Michelle August 4, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    This is so neat! You’d never know it was made from a lamp shade. Pinned!

    • Reply Jodi House August 5, 2021 at 9:38 am

      Glad you like it, Michelle! 🙂

  • Reply Saleh Noor August 12, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Really the post is so amazing and very much helpful as well.

  • Reply Kathy A August 14, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    What a great idea–one more thing for me to add to my “look for” list!

    • Reply Jodi House August 14, 2021 at 5:11 pm

      Glad you like it. It’s pretty easy to make. Good luck!

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