One of my favourite things to do is take something old and unwanted and turn it into something new. This weekend I updated two sets of lamps I had in my home and gave them a new look! I’m always amazed at how much some paint and time can transform something that was ready for the trash or donation into something brand new. So continue reading if you’d like to see how I made over two different sets of lamps (and now struggling to determine which ones I like best in my living room!).
I hope this gives you some inspiration to update something around your house. It just goes to show that adding a new colour of paint or just swapping out a different shade can update a table lamp so much and make it look like you paid a pretty penny for them!
Here are both the lamps (which each come in a set) that have decided to give a makeover. Nothing too exciting – some bland, boring old lamps in dire need of some attention!
Before spray painting them, I first taped off the parts I didn’t want to get painted. I also gave them a clean with some soapy water.
Once they were prepped and ready to go I went in with my spray paint. For the white lamp, I ended up using two types of spray paint (unintentionally!). See, I’m not the world’s perfect DIY’er – in fact, I’m far from it. So the majority of the time, I always end up messing something up and have to fix it, which is the case with this lamp here! But hey, we all learn from our mistakes, right?
Okay so for the white lamps, I sprayed them both white the Rustoleum’s Heirloom White first. I did this to create a base with the intention of spray painting them both with the stone colour spray paint in Dessert Bisque afterward. Well, I got through three-quarters of that can of spray paint on just one lamp alone! I actually wasn’t a fan of this particular spray paint – it was not an even spray, and it came out fast. It was not easy to work with. So, once I realized that I was quickly running out of that can, I decided to just spray paint them both with the white. But, in order to do this, I had to use the rest of the stone spray paint on the second lamp so that they both had the same type of texture. Then, once they both had the stone spray paint, I then went back over with the white on both. I also replaced the lampshade as well. I just picked up an affordable option from Walmart.
And here are the results!
Here is a close up of what I mean by the “texture”.
I absolutely love at how much more clean and crisp this lamp looks!
For the next set of lamps, I sprayed painted them both with Rust-oleum spray paint in the colour Oil Rubbed Bronze. This is one of my favourite spray paints!
Instead of getting a new lamp shade, I decided to try painting it. I used Fusion Mineral Paint in the colour Raw Silk. You can see in the photo how worn out and yellow the original lampshade was. A fresh coat of white was what it needed! If you look really closely, you can notice some bumps from the paint – it’s not completely smooth, but it’s really not that noticable. Also, when the lamps are turned on, you can see brush strokes from the light shining out. This doesn’t bother me at all. If those things would bother you, then you may want to opt for replacing the shade all together!
And here’s the final results!
I love how they both turned out! It just goes to show you how easy it is to update something that is old and outdated. A quick coat of spray paint and a new lamp shade can give a whole new look to your lamps. I hope this inspires you to update something of yours!