Spray Painted Lamps

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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: blue & green Target lamps

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.”

Yes, please!

brass lamps - beforeivory lamp shade

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’.

rustoleum 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.

brass lamps prepped for painting

After two coats of primer, the lamps were already looking more modern.

brass lamps primed

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.

First coat:

brass lamps with 1 coat of paint

Second coat:

brass lamps with 2 coats of paint

Third coat:

brass lamps with 3 coats of paint

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:

brass lamps - before

And the after:

spray painted lamp

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?

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