I’m getting my feet wet with this whole thrift store shopping thing, and I’ve had some good luck so far. Over the weekend, I found this old brass lamp for $6.00!
And I turned it into this:
All it took was a couple coats of Krylon spray paint and a new shade, and it was like new! I really wanted a drum shade, but I couldn’t find one that was long enough to cover the entire harp. I might still get one eventually, or cover this one in linen. But for now it’s fine.
Here is how I did it:
The first step is to give the lamp a good wipe-down and get all of the dirt, dust, and grimey stuff off of it, paying special attention to any nooks and crannies. Next, I used painter’s tape to cover up any parts of the lamp that I didn’t want to spray, like the socket, switch and cord. I actually used a plastic bag to hold the cord and then taped it closed just to make sure the whole thing was covered.
|Tape over the parts you want to protect.|
After my lamp was all taped up, I sprayed it with a coat of Krylon primer. After this dried, I sprayed a couple coats of Krylon Satin Oil-Rubbed Bronze. I let it dry overnight just to make sure the paint had set, and then put my new Target shade on it. For now, this lamp has a home in our basement play room/living area. (More pics to come this week.)
Paint is one of the easiest ways to transform any piece. You may think a lamp is ugly or outdated, but you would be surprised what a coat of spray paint and a new shade will do. It can become something totally new!
More to come tomorrow from my weekend spray paint spree! I went Krylon-crazy. But in a good way, of course.