A Lamp Makeover

Monday, May 21, 2012

This lamp has been on my to do list for some time. It seemed that every time I had it scheduled the weather wouldn't cooperate. Finally the perfect day presented itself and between about ten other things I got it done. I bought this lamp years ago when I changed my interior to darker colors. I like the shape of the lamp but the colors aren't right for my  return to a lighter palette and the old lampshade just annoyed me. I knew I wanted a two toned silver lamp.  So after a lot of thinking this is what I came up with;

This is what I started with;

I wanted the lamp to look like mercury glass but that wasn't possible with looking glass paint because it only works on clear glass and my lamp was amber. I don't like the look of the shiny metallic paints so I decided to experiment a little.  I first spray painted the lamp with primer and let it dry. Next I painted the base and the metal at the top with brushed nickel spray paint. Once they dried I covered both parts with paper and taped with masking tape. I spray painted the amber part black. I wanted some specks of black to show through the silver. Since I had looking glass paint I used it as the top coat. First I misted the black paint with water and then spayed looking glass paint over that. The water allowed the black to show through the silver. I knew I wouldn't get a highly reflective surface because of the black paint, but what I got was a surprise. The finish looked like a dark gray pearl. I'm sorry I forgot to get a picture of that step.  After it was completely dry it didn't have much luster so I decided to add a  metallic glaze in mercury by Martha Stewart paints. It gave the lamp a soft luster and the black specks still showed through.  Its a different look, one I haven't seen before, but I like it. Once again before and after;

I bought the shade at Target and everything else I had on hand. So all tallied the new look cost me 15 dollars. Its gong in my bedroom. It was a dark and dreary day so the finished lamp was very hard to photograph. I couldn't really do it justice. I'll have pictures of it in place once my room is camera ready. I'll be joing these great parties,

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  1. Great transformation. Hard to believe it is the same lamp.

  2. It does not even look like the same lamp--great job!

  3. Beautiful job. It doesn't even resemble the original lamp.

  4. This is a great transformation. I really like the new design.

  5. Wow, what a difference, Karen! You'd never know that was the same lamp!

  6. Amazing transformation, Karen!

    You have been in my thoughts, and I hope you are doing well.


  7. Wow! That's quite the transformation! You'd never know it was the same lamp.

  8. I'll be doing this! Pinned it. ~ Maureen

  9. It turned out great, Karen. I love it and it doesn't even look like the same lamp- xo Diana

  10. Beautiful!! I thought you DID use the Mercury glass technique - thanks for letting us know how you pulled this off!

  11. I love the look of your lamp, Karen. It looks so different from what you started with. Can't wait to see more of your room!

  12. Wow I had to do a double take very nice restyle!

  13. Hi Karen,
    I love giving old things new life...Your lamp turned out awesome...Can't wait to see your version of the rosary beads. Wishing you a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  14. That lamp elicited a real live say it out loud wow from me! I kept scrolling back and forth between the before and afters ... amazing!



  15. Love that transformation!

  16. I'm simply blown away with this lamp redo. I could hardly believe my eyes and had to keep scrolling back and forth to be sure it was really the same lamp. Nice job!!


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