I’ve been itching to try a lamp makeover for a year now – but I really don’t need any lamps in my house. I kept putting it off thinking it would be a waste of money to buy a lamp just to make it over.
Actually, I guess I do that with all my pieces don’t I?
Fair game – then a lamp makeover I shall have!
I found this guy at a local thrift store;
I like the shape of it, but not so much the pattern. Cute, but not for me.
I wanted to try a different finish than I’ve tried before on the blog, so I picked up a dark primer, and Rustoleum’s Hammered Finish spray paint in brown. Ignore the gloss paint – the hammered finish is really glossy without it.
I wrapped the plug and the bulb area with snack bags and then used painter’s tape to hold them tight.
I wiped the entire lamp down with a little TSP to make sure there was no residue, furniture polish etc on it – which would impede the adhesion of the paint.
Much like with the vase makeover, you’ll want to do VERY LIGHT coats. You don’t want t have to sand this back down because of drools.
I did two coats to make sure all the beige was covered, then light coats of your hammered paint finish:
This stuff goes on a bit gloppy. What I mean is, it’s a thicker spray, and not the fine mist typical of most spray paint – but what a fantastic result!
Three light coats and check this out:
It looks to have so much texture, but really it’s completely smooth.
You can see it had a nice sheen to it, so that’s why I decided against the additional gloss coat.
I may make a change with the lampshade – but overall, I’m really pleased!
So for this project:
- Lamp = $12
- Primer = $7
- Hammered Finish paint = $10
- Total: $29
I really didn’t need another lamp, but I think this guy’s a keeper.
Have a great one!