As part of our family room make-over, I’ve been on the hunt for new lamps. I was particularly searching for these lamps from Target:
They are not sold online however, and after calling several stores in the area with no luck finding either color, I was feeling discouraged.
I decided I needed backup and sent an email to my mom and sister requesting a quick check for me any time they happened to be driving by a Target.
My mom’s response was just as good as if she had found them: “If you spray painted the brass lamps I have in the living room, they would be almost identical. You may have them if you like.”
Andrew and I picked them up this weekend, and went in search of the perfect color of spray paint. We eventually found exactly what we were looking for at Wal-Mart: Rust-Oleum’s ‘Nite Tide’.
To start the project, I removed the lamp shades, covered the sockets for the light bulbs, and covered part of the cord. My plan was to: 1. Prime 2. Spray paint 3. Cover with a Lacquer for an extra-glossy finish.
After two coats of primer, the lamps were already looking more modern.
Once the primer was dry, I was ready to start adding the ‘Nite Tide’. The key to spray painting is to use several light and even coats.
After three coats, the lamps were looking fantastic! I gave them a few hours to dry and then attempted to add the lacquer. I say ‘attempted’ because we did not have much luck with this step of the process. Once I had added two coats of the lacquer finish, the lamps were not glossy at all; in fact they were rough and looked dusty. I’m not sure if the Richmond humidity did not agree with the product, or if I had applied it incorrectly, either way, it was not a pretty appearance.
We were lucky that with a wet washcloth, the rough and dusty finish wiped away – without taking away any of the color.
Even without the extra-glossy finish, they are still beautiful, so we were ready to bring them inside.
Just to refresh your memories of these brass beauties from the 80’s:
And the after:
It really is amazing how different they look with a new paint color and an updated shade!
Stay tuned for next week when I’ll share where we’ve put the lamps and other updates to the family room!
º What pieces have found a new life in your home recently?