DIY Lamp Update

Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new. But not this time. This is an update the old to look like new!

The New Year is a great time to clear out no longer needed or wanted items. But before you get too enthusiastic, take a second look. Re-purposing and modifying items you already have is a very sustainable practice (aka “green”), let alone a great money saver!

I have two old lamps from the 1980’s. They were good lamps at the time, but the colors were dated. So I gave them an inexpensive update, and wala new lamps!

So here is how I did it.

  1. The surface must be clean, dry, and dull. Clean with an all purpose household cleaner, remove all residue and dry. Next rough up the surface with a fine grade sandpaper. If the surface is shiny the primer will not adhere well.
  2. Use painters tape to tape off the areas not to be changed.
  3. Prime with a good bounding primer. I used Sherwin Williams Adhesion Primer. Primer used in a Nashville Interior Design project.
  4. Paint with base coat of your choosing. I used Sherwin Williams Duration Home Latex in a satin finish. SW 7569 Stucco for one, the other Benjamin Moore 2145-10 Avacado.
  5. Paint used in a Nashville Interior Design projectLastly, I used a dry chip brush to add a glaze. This adds depth and interest. These lamps had a tuxtured surface that grabbed the glaze great. The glaze I used is PPG Porter Paint Glazing Liquid. I have it tinted with Porter 71991-1 Umber Brown. This is my go to glaze for many projects (now you know one of my secretes!)

Here are the before and afters. See what you think.


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Before

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After

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Before

Lamp used in a DIY interior design project in Nashville

After

These lamp shades were found at Target for only $19.99 and 24.99. What a bargain for these nice linen drum shades!

Lamp used in a DIY interior design project in Nashville

Glazing Detail

Here you can see how the glazing detail adds great interest and depth to the lamp. Not only updating the lamp, but making it more timeless in appeal than the original finish!

Lamp used in a DIY interior design project in Nashville

Glazing Detail

This lamp found a new home in my office. The other I gave to my son for his new house.
Updated lamp used in a Nashville Interior Design project.

So clean out those attics, basements, and closets. You never know what you might find that a little update can bring new life to!

Happy New Year! Happy Re-purposing!

Jennifer