Upcycled Nightlight

11 August
This month I'm doing a series of thrift shop flip projects in honor of National Thrift Shop Day on August 17th and today is day one!


If you've followed me for a while, you may remember this series from years past, but I did skip last year.


In this series, I will create one new thrift shop flip project for seven consecutive days starting today and ending on the 17th.

7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Upcycled Nightlight



Upcycled Nightlight


Project 1 - Upcycled Nightlight


I found this Thomas Kincaid nightlight at the thrift store, it was $1.99 and not cute at all (in my opinion). But I will show you how you can update any nightlight like this into something that fits your decor.


Upcycled Night Light


These are plastic and they just pop apart into basically three layers, the frame, the plexiglass with the image, and a back piece.


Upcycled Night Light



Once you have taken it apart, you can paint the frame any color you choose.



Upcycled Nightlight



I used white and gave it a few coats.



Upcycled Nightlight



You can use any image you like. I'm using a vintage greeting card that was also thrifted for $1. I made a copy with my printer so I'm not cutting up the original.


Upcycled Nightlight



I've been having some troubles with my phone so I lost some of the images for this project ๐Ÿ˜ช but fortunately, it's pretty self-explanatory.


So, I don't have a picture of the next step but the image on this nightlight is just a sticker on a piece of plexiglass so I was able to just peel the image off.


Then I used the back piece of the nightlight and traced around it on the copy I made of the greeting card, and just popped that right back in the frame!


Upcycled Nightlight


When I put it back together, I placed the image on top of the plexiglass because even with the small 7-watt nightlight bulb it seems to get pretty warm so I thought having the plexiglass between the bulb and the image would help. I then added a piece of clear vellum on top of the image to protect it.


I embellished the frame with a couple of silk flowers and a heart-shaped button, and I distressed it a little bit with sandpaper, sanding lightly over the high spots.


Upcycled Nightlight



I really like how the paint cracked a little. That was unintentional but it gives it an aged feel so it was a happy accident ๐Ÿ˜



Upcycled Nightlight


Here is what it looks like at night ๐Ÿ˜Š


Upcycled Nightlight


I think it's much cuter now ๐Ÿ˜„ What do you think?


Upcycled Nightlight



Wouldn't these be cute to make with vintage Christmas cards?! They would make great gifts!


Upcycled Nightlight



If you enjoyed this project, I would love it if you would share it!


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Upcycled Nightlight


Come back to see tomorrow's project, which involves this hand sculpture.


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  1. I think it turned out so cute. (Extra points for not cutting up the old card!)

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    1. Haha! Thank you, I couldn't cut up that card, it's too cute!

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  2. Your night light turned out super cute Tania!

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