Want a great way to update vintage lamps? It’s quite simple, actually. It’s amazing what a little spray paint can do. I’ve upcycled quite a few brass fixtures in my house with this bronzed oil paint. The good thing about a lamp upcycle is that you can use your original lamp but make it even better. This lamp upcycle in particular doesn’t require a lot of technical bits or extra spending on updating parts. In the end, I think this lamp upcycle has a really classy look. I definitely recommend giving it a try.
Before: These little lamps had outdated brass detailing, rust and grime on the glass, and were in some need of a little love and attention.
What you’ll need:
- An outdated lamp
- Painter’s tape
- Spray paint (we all know Painting Paige loves Rust-oleum’s “Oil Rubbed Bronze”)
The first step for your lamp upcyle is to clean ‘er up! Use soap and water to clean up what you can of the light fixture. I have found that TSP cleaner works wonders when painting things. Just mix it in a bucket of warm water and you’re good to go!
After your fixture has dried, do you best to take the lamp apart as much as you can. If you take any screws or any small pieces out make sure you put them in a small zip-lock baggie (believe me nothing is worse than losing those small pieces).
Next, you will want to tape off the parts of the lamp that you do not want to spray paint. Painter’s tape will allow a clean line and easy removal. Make sure to cover EVERY INCH of what you don’t want to be spray painted.
For the larger part of the lamp that I did not want to get paint on, I used a plastic bag. You will want to make sure the bag is secured and there aren’t any holes or creases if you do this part. That way the paint can get through.
It’s time to paint your lamp upcycle project! I chose “Oil Rubbed Bronze” by Rust-oleum. I honestly do love this color. So, if you’re debating or having trouble deciding I highly recommend this color.
GO TO TOWN! Spray your lamps and make sure to do at least two coats. A couple of thin coats always turns out better than one thick, goopy coat.
Let your lamps fully dry before removing the tape to avoid any tacky paint smears or runs.
When you’re sure it’s all dry, take the tape off carefully. Reveal your beautiful new lamp upcycle. I really have enjoyed doing this to a number of lamps at my house. Like I said before, you don’t have to spend a lot on new parts and you can use the lamp that you already have… just upcycle it! I love the result.
Put your lamp together and enjoy 🙂
I love the classic look these lamps have now! Click here for more Painting Paige BEFORE/AFTERS .
Get the spray paint and give the upcycle a try!