Well here we are at the end of the Upcycle It! series and we’re wrapping things up with a brass lamp makeover.
We’ve spent all month talking about upcycles – simply updating pieces without changing their intended function.
If you’ve missed the rest of the series, I’ve got all of the links at the end of the post.
While you can certainly repurpose a lamp into something new, I had one I still wanted to use, but was in desperate need of an updated look.
This was a project I had put off for quite a while because it’s a lamp I grew up with. Not long after my mom passed away, it was one of the things that came to my house. For the first couple of years I was in no way open to changing anything that had belonged to her.
But as time passed, and I began to understand that memories are far more than just the “stuff” that are part of them, I learned that it was really okay to paint or update or even let go.
So the outdated brass lamp got a makeover! I think my mom would love it now.
Whether you have one hanging around your house or pick one up from the thrift store (you know they’re there is abundance), here’s a quick and easy way to update an old brass lamp.
Goodbye Brass Lamp
Start your project by taking the shade assembly off, and taping off the cord and socket.
I gave my lamp a good scuffing up with coarse sandpaper, which may or may not have been necessary because I still used a primer.
After the primer dries, spray on your paint. This is how mine looked after just one coat. Much better already!
I had quite the time in the paint aisle trying to decide what color I wanted to paint this brass lamp. Since I was also changing the shade, I wanted to coordinate the paint, and finally settled on Rust-Oleum’s Textured Bronze.
I love textured paints. When you work with them, light coats are essential to avoid runs or puddles. I ended up using 3 coats.
Don’t you just love that gentle texture?
All it took was a little paint to totally transform an outdated brass lamp – Quick and Easy!
I hope you’re inspired now to do a little making over to a lamp in your life too!
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