Thrifted End Table and Lamp Makeover With Hive Home

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I love me a good thrift store lamp makeover! But tell me if this has ever happened to you:

You find a lamp at the thrift store…

You swear you’ll make it over…

Yet, months (even years!) pass and you still haven’t refinished it?

Well, I’m the queen of the “hand-over-the-cash-and-stash” phenomenon.

Thankfully, with this turquoise lamp makeover, I am finally working my way through these projects.

In today’s post, brought to you by Hive Home, the UK’s leading smart home brand (launched widely in the US and Canada), I’m finally making over that nasty end table and old gold lamp from the thrift store!

I’ve been telling you about Hive Home since the summertime (including when I did an entryway makeover with Hive on YouTube). I partnered with them and changed several of the lights in our home to their Hive Active Lights, along with adding a Hive Door Sensor and a Hive Active Plug (which allows you to operate your plugged in devices from the app).

Well, in my family room, this is what my lighting looked like:



Thrifted End Table and Lamp Makeover - BEFORE - Thrift Diving


Every night at 5:30 p.m. I have my Hive Active Light scheduled to come on in our family room once the sun goes down. I used to have it set to 7:30 p.m., but with the darkness coming sooner and sooner, we’ve often found ourselves sitting in the dark. HA!

Thankfully, the Hive app is easy to use and to adjust for a fall schedule.

So with the change of the scheduled “lights on” timing this fall, I decided I would also change the end table and light in which I use my Hive Active Light! Finally, no more ugly lamp and table!

AFTER! – Lamp Makeover


Thrifted End Table and Lamp Makeover - AFTER! - Thrift Diving

I’ll admit that I don’t think these two pieces go well together. The table is much more traditional and the lamp now much more modern, but my style is “eclectic” so I just mix and match like it’s nobody’s business. LOL

It’s still better than that nasty stuff in the “before” picture!

Materials Used

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The base was about $10 or less from the thrift store, and the shade I purchased at a regular discount store for about $15 also. The table was about $15…? It’s been so long since I bought it, I don’t even remember.

Anyhow, this ugly brassy thing has been sitting in my family room for at least 2 years.


Thrifted End Table and Lamp Makeover - Brassy lamp - Thrift Diving


Before painting the lamp, I removed the shade and my Hive Active Light.


Thrifted End Table and Lamp Makeover - Hive Active Lamp - Thrift Diving


A couple coats of paint were all this lamp needed.

Since I used a chalk-based paint, I didn’t have to sand or prime first–only wipe it clean!


Thrifted End Table and Lamp Makeover - Turquoise painted lamp base. - Thrift Diving


The reason I chose this shade of turquoise is that the drapes in my family room that I sewed a couple years ago when I did my family room makeover has this shade in there.

Related: How to Sew Your Own Cute Lined Curtains


How to sew curtains - Thrift Diving


When the lamp was done and dried, I added the Hive Active Light back into the lamp.


Thrifted End Table and Lamp Makeover - Love my new Hive Active Light - Thrift Diving


Here’s something interesting about the Hive Active Lights:

They’re “smart” in that they talk to the Hive Hub which connects the products to the Hive app and allows me to control all of them, including this lamp, from my smartphone!

With the app, I can also schedule them on a timer, or turn them on and off manually….dim or brighten the bulb….all with the touch of my finger. So no matter what mood I’m in, it’s easy to adjust the brightness of the bulb.

We don’t go out much after dark, but since fall is here, as well as Daylight Savings Time ending here in the U.S. on Sunday, November 5 (already??!!), we’re more likely to be out after dark.

I don’t want us coming home to a dark house!

But with the app, I can schedule the family room light to come on when I want it to come on.

Anyhow, I love how the lamp turned out!

I struggled with getting the map on accurately, but overall, I am happy with it.

No one here at Thrift Diving expects perfection, do we?? 😉


Thrifted End Table and Lamp Makeover - Turquoise lamp makeover - Thrift Diving

Get Your Own Hive Home Smart Products for Fall

Here’s how Hive Home works:

For a low monthly subscription, you choose a plan that fits your family’s needs:

  • The Hive Welcome Home Plan (starts at $24.99/month)
  • The Hive Starter Plan ($9.99/month)
  • Hive Heating & Cooling Plan ($12.99/month)
  • Hive Home Check Plan ($19.99/month)

The plan I have is the Welcome Home Plan (most popular, Standard Plan) which includes the Hive Hub, 4 Active Lights, 1 Motion Sensor, 2 Active Plugs, 2 Window and Door sensors, and 1 Active Thermostat.


Thrifted End Table and Lamp Makeover - Hive Home - Thrift Diving


If you’ve been wanting to turn your house into a smart home, then Hive is a great solution.

Although there is a monthly subscription fee, there are no up-front costs. Whenever you need customer service, they’ve got your back. And the devices have on-going warranties.


Something New and Exciting From Hive!

I’m disappointed that I don’t yet have the new color-changing Hive Active Light!

Dude, seriously?? You have no idea how excited I am to test this out!

I’d love to be able to select a nice orange glow while we watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with the kids!

(Don’t lie–you know you still enjoy that cartoon special, too, even after all these years!)


Hive Active Light Color-Changing - Thrift Diving

Fall is such a delicious time of the year. 🙂

And I don’t mean because of the food! LOL

It feels so cozy and warm, all snuggled inside while it’s dark and cold outside.

This family room is where my family gathers, and I want it to feel as warm and cozy as possible.

Lighting is a big factor, including the furnishings.

More Lamp Makeovers

Don’t Miss My Other Lamp Makeovers

Ugly lamps can become pretty lamps. 🙂 Check out this ugly lamp makeover!


Ugly lamp makeover from the thrift store with pretty paper on the lamp shade. - Thrift Diving

Let’s see this lamp makeover one more time:


Thrifted End Table and Lamp Makeover - BEFORE




Thrifted End Table and Lamp Makeover - AFTER - with a map lamp shade.


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Thrifted end table makeover and lamp makeover - Thrift Diving

Thrifted End Table and Lamp Makeover - Pretty turquoise lamp makeover - Thrift Diving


So it’s time to cozy up your house, too, you guys!

Projects you have had sitting around that you’ve not made time to get to, commit to getting them done–especially the ones in your most lived-in rooms in your home! You deserve to have a happy and cozy home.

Soooo…How can Hive Home inspire you to live more brilliantly and simple?

Find out by clicking here next and going to Hive Home and seeing what plan works best for your family!

Also, leave a comment below and tell me what color would you most love to set your lights to for a warm and cozy fall feeling with the new Hive Active Light Color-Changing bulb?

See you in the comments section!



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  1. I love your lamp makeover especially the map lampshade. I’m a huge fan of maps in home decor.

    1. Thank you, Claire! šŸ™‚ I also love using maps! Maps are so “ancient” now since we have GPS and Google Earth! LOL

  2. I love the lamp and the color is great. I am all for an eclectic look. I do like having at least one light go on and off on a timer so I will be checking out the Hive products.

    1. Awesome, Debra! Let me know how you like Hive. I love having the timer on my lamp! I’ll have to adjust it now that we just set the clocks back, because it will be getting darker much earlier.

  3. Absolutely love both lamp and table although I love the table the most and I think it might be because I am finally embarking on my first table that is very similar to yours. I was going to stain the whole thing but now Im going to copy cat your white bottom ! haha

    The thing is: Do I have to “strip” the old table ? Or can I just sand the old stain away? After I stain it–do I need to apply poly stuff to seal it in and give it a touch of shine or just stain will do that? See? I’m a complete newbie! Thanks in advance to anyone kind enough to reply ! All my best, ZZ

    1. Hey, ZZ!
      The part you’ll be painting, you won’t have to strip down. Just paint over it (using a good quality furniture paint). The top you’ll have to sand down, depending on what the top looks like. For mine, I didn’t sand much, just scuffed it up a bit, and then used the Java gel stain over it. I was careful not to wipe too hard so it didn’t come off or leave light-colored spots where I rubbed too hard. I didn’t actually put a topcoat on my top due to timing, but yes, you should. Hope that helps!!

      1. Yes that helps a LOT. Thank you ! Im going to follow your advice word for word! I’ll post a pic when it’s done

  4. Linda L Weeks says:

    Hi, Serena! Still fighting the good fight! I think it’s because it’s finally fall, that it feels like a good time to change things out and make stuff from other stuff! I like all of your projects, I haven’t found one that I wouldn’t have done myself! You’re just more energetic than I am… but I am busy doing, so back to my spray paint!

    1. Hey there, Linda! Hey–it doesn’t matter the SPEED at which you do your projects, it’s the fact that you’re doing it at all! šŸ™‚ Go, Linda!

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