Hi guys…this is going to be short, but very sweet. It’s a cold Friday night here in Michigan, and my husband and I have a nice fire burning after a long day of work and chores. I am ready to chill, and do nothing, how about you? I can’t do that though until I tell you about my “Thrifty Lamp Makeover with Spray Paint”. If you have a lamp that you want to change the color of there is no need to buy a new one. All you have to do is spray it with spray paint. I give a full step-by-step tutorial at the bottom this article if you want to skip right to that.
I found these rusty dusty twins way up high on the thrift store shelf for $10 each. I fell in love with the curvy, large, mid-century modern shape. The photo below shows what they looked like exactly when I brought them home, but they are missing the wooden finials that I had unscrewed to transport these in my car with the shade off..
I don’t think these ladies are that old. The shade looked to be the original, but the color of the lamp base was ugly to me, so I took them home and sprayed them both a deep navy blue (exact paint is listed below).
Sylvia likes it, how about you? I feel it looks fantastic on the vintage sewing machine table I saved a few weeks ago, and it almost matches my new blanket perfectly 😯 .
This was very easy to do, so I did both of them, and the other one is on my desk which is in the same room. Stay tuned because this is all part of a huge transformation in our living room. If you look closely, there is a hint in the mirror up above in the photo Sylvia is in.
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QUICK SPRAY PAINTING TUTORIAL:
- Prepare your lamp by cleaning off all dust/dirt and removing the lamp shade.
- Tape areas that you do not want painted with blue painters tape including the cord (CLICK HERE FOR PAINTERS TAPE).
- Use tin foil to cover larger areas that you don’t want to tape.
- Place lamp in well ventilated outdoor area on a drop cloth away from any heat source.
- Wear all safety equipment including a mask, gloves, and goggles.
- Shake spray paint can vigorously to make sure it is well mixed (CLICK HERE FOR EXACT BLUE SPRAY PAINT USED).
- Read directions on can to know how far to spray away from object.
- Sway back and forth when spraying and don’t expect it to cover in 1 coat. I did 3 coats and let it dry thoroughly in-between each coat.
- If you get a drip, sand it lightly and re-spray.