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Refurbishing an Old Lamp


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February 5, 2020

Refurbishing An Old Lamp - finished desk style lampThere are many times that we decide to change our home and the color scheme. This leaves us with lamps and other items that no longer fit the color scheme in our home. Here is a simple craft project that is easy to do and allows you to makeover any lamp in your home. This is also great if you have a lamp that is starting to rust or the paint is peeling off the lamp base.

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Total Time: 4 to 5 hours

Yield: 1 lamp

Supplies:

  • 1 lamp
  • sandpaper
  • paintbrushes
  • varnish
  • old rag
  • paint - your choice of colors

Steps:

  1. Sand down the lamp with your sandpaper to remove any rust or flaking pieces of paint.
  2. Refurbishing An Old Lamp - sand off rust or peeling paint
     
  3. Apply your first coat of paint to the entire base of the lamp. This one is best if you use a metal base paint or rust paint. Do not use spray paint to do this step. Allow this to dry fully.
  4. Refurbishing An Old Lamp - first coat of paint, allow to dry
     
  5. Take your next color and add the paint to the top of the base paint. My base paint is black. My second color is silver. Choose the areas that you want the paint to be. You will need to allow the first coat to dry fully and add a second coat of paint. Allow this coat to dry.
  6. Refurbishing An Old Lamp - begin applying final color, first coat
     
    Refurbishing An Old Lamp - painting the lamp silver around the base and the very top, allow to dry
     
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  7. Add your next color of the paint. I am using aqua sea-green paint for my lamp. Apply the first coat of paint to the area you want and allow this to dry. You will need to add a second coat of paint and allow it to dry.
  8. Refurbishing An Old Lamp - applying third color
     
  9. You can use a sponge to dab some paint on the base of the lamp, highlight some areas by lightly brushing paint over the base coat to give it an antique look.
  10. Refurbishing An Old Lamp - apply a second coat
     
    Refurbishing An Old Lamp - sponge some of the third color on the base
     
  11. When done, add a coat of varnish to the paint if you are using acrylic paint and not a metal-based paint.
  12. Refurbishing An Old Lamp - add a coat of varnish if using acrylic paint
     
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