I know it seems like all I'm doing is painting these days, but there's a reason for that. Since I live in the Mile High area, I can't usually paint during the cold winters. Warmer weathers means it's time to get those paint projects all done. And so, that's just what I'm doing- painting to my heart's content!
Today, I'm going to show you how I painted a set of '80s brass lamps from the thrift store, but first, let me just show you how great they turned out!
Would you ever guess this was an old lamp? I think it looks just as good as anything you'd find in a number of stores. This is what they looked like before.... brace yourself.
Are we back in the '80s yet? They're pretty "Rad," right? I know gold is making a comeback, but these were just the wrong shade of gold. Pretty, yes-in a way, but I needed lamps that would brighten up my space a bit more. My room is dark, so these $5 lamps were going to be painted white.
I cleaned them up really good, making sure there wasn't a bit of dust left on them. Then I taped off the tops and cords and used a spray primer.
I LOVE spray paint projects. They're so easy and super quick, but still, I find myself impatiently waiting for the paint to dry. It takes a whopping 20 minutes to dry! Hurry, hurry, hurry!
Next, I spray painted the lamps with my favorite white called heirloom white from Rust-0leum
I've spray painted lamps before, and this is usually where I've stopped the project, incorrectly thinking it was complete. Last year, I sprayed a lamp for my son's room, but it started getting dull and chipping after a while. I've learned since then, spray painted lamps like this must be protected.
This CLEAR coat not only protects the paint, but it makes it shine like a brand new lamp. LOVE!
Primered- Spray Painted- Protected
And the room is on it's way to a "brighter" future.
The lamp shade, by the way, will also be getting a make over.
And, yes, my $5 lamps do work. Love, Love, Love!
Labels: Up-cycle Projects