Saturday, May 17, 2014

DIY Spray Paint Lamp

I have been on a mission to find a good priced lamp that looks something like this:

Unfortunately this one is over $ that's never going to happen. Thanks a lot Pinterest!!

Since I'm a spray-paint-o-holic, I made it a project for myself to try and get a similar result on a close-to-nothing budget.

I love gourd shaped lamps, or stacked circles like the one above, but they are so hard to find at thrift stores! Instead I settled with these!

Brass lamps are SO easy to find. I got the one below for $5 a few weeks ago at a thrift store in Kansas City.

And the second lamp is a thrift find from years ago. I recently spray painted it gold, then decided I didn't love it :-/ Good news -the gold spray paint came in really handy for this project!

It took me a while to make a decision on which grey color to use. I finally settled on Krylon gray primer. Even though it dries matte, I liked the cool grey tone and planned to use a high gloss coating to get that glassy look anyway. Plus it dries SUPER fast!

If you are new to using spray paint:
-spray a foot away from the object, staying continuously in motion to avoid runs
-wait till the layer is dry to start a new layer
-ALWAYS spray outside...I did it in my basement once and thought I was going to poison my lungs

As you can see above, I decided to use some tape along the bottom to mimic the gold base of the lamp I liked on Pinterest.

After the primer dried, I used LOTS and LOTS of layers of Tree House Clear Acrylic High Gloss Coating to get that glassy finish. This step was TOTALLY worth it.

I got both paints at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. 

I threw away that ridiculously long shade that came with the brass lamp, and used Pottery Barn drum lamp shades my mother in law found at a thrift store a while back.

Just like that, a whole new lamp!

I taped a section of the neck on this one as well, just to give it some character!

The photos make the lamp with gold spray paint look cleaner and brighter than the natural brass, but I definitely prefer the natural brass. It does not look DIY at all!

A few days after finishing the lamps, I went to target and saw these babies. 

I felt pretty proud of myself for adding that little gold ring around the base. Target knows trends.

A before and after:

Happy spray-painting!!

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