Here’s the story of 2 brass lamps I bought a while back at Value Village for $3.03 each. I see brass lamps like these all the time, but I was excited to find a matching set.
And here is where I turn into a bad blogger. I spray painted them, but I either didn’t take pictures of the process or they have mysteriously disappeared off of my memory card?? I am usually really good about taking pictures so I am wondering if they got accidently deleted
So I have no pictures of the process. Don’t worry, I am sure I will spray paint another lamp sometime and can give you the full tutorial, but for now I will just talk you thought it.
You will want to clean your lamps very well. Dust, dirt or grime will make the spray paint bubble so make sure to wipe them down very well and make sure they are completely dry.
Then cover the light sockets. I usually stuff paper towels or old newspaper into the socket and then tape around the switch or anything else that I don’t want painted. You won’t see this part because the lampshade will over it.
Then PRIME! Highly recommend spray priming anything metal, glass, ceramic, any kind of smooth surface. I did several light coats of Krylon white primer until it was covered. Then I did several coats of Krylon gloss white spray paint.
Because I wanted them to have that store-bought glossy finish, I used Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear high gloss spray paint. It did make them glossier. but I didn’t read the instructions on the can. You have to apply this clear finish within an hour of spray painting your last coat of paint or AFTER 48 hours. My lamps had been drying over an hour, closer to two hours when I went back out to check on them. So when I sprayed the clear coat on them, a few places crackled like you can see below. You can’t tell unless you are closely examining it, but maybe one day I will sand it and repair the damage.
I need to pick up some of this - Krylon 12-Ounce Triple Thick Clear Glaze Aerosol Spray. I would really like to see how that works especially over ceramic spray painted pieces. Anyone tried it before?
But here are my finished lamps!
I keep looking at yard sales and thrift stores for shades, but have a hard time finding modern looking ones in good condition. The cheapest new ones I was able to find where these lovely ones from Target for on sale for $10 each. So that makes each lamp+ shade cost $13. Not too bad considering just the lamp itself new would cost way more than $13 and you would still have to buy the shade separately.
I love the lines of these lamps and the shape of the shades.
They look very nice on in my entryway. I need to officially reveal the dresser they are sitting on – look for that post next week. And I just staged it for pictures with the old window and the flowers. I am actually considering adding a DIY chalkboard frame where the window is, but I haven’t made it and tried it out yet. And the flowers are just some lantana that I clipped from my mailbox flower garden that I plan to show you on Wednesday.
And I don’t plan to leave the shades white.
Leaving them a solid color with some rosettes or other trim is another option too. Can’t decide what I like better.
What do you think? I think I need to nail down the look and feel I want in the room first. The first chevron shade is very modern and fun, while the second one is more cottagey and homey feeling. Plus I always try to imagine how it will look decorated around for holidays like Christmas or fall?
But for now, I am enjoying this view when I open our front door…
ok, maybe not the brass doorknobs – would really like to change those out but that is way at the bottom of the to-do list right now.
You can find the tutorial on the yellow and white wreath here.
Have you ever spray painted any lamps?
Where do you stand on the brass debate – love it or hate it?
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