I have been a decorative painter for 16 plus years. I love rescuing vintage pieces and giving them a new life. I fell in love with the Shabby Chic style of decorating many years ago which changed my style from fun and funky to chippy and distressed. I love pink, turquoise, roses, and fabulous vintage finds and furniture with chippy paint. Tag sales, flea markets and auctions are where I love to be.
A quick and easy project to dress up an old lamp: First step: check the wiring to make sure it's safe or you can always have the lamp rewired.
I found this lamp at my favorite junk shop. The wiring looked new and in good shape and the lamp worked so here we go:
The first step is to remove the lampshade. (Don't forget to paint the finial if there is one). Sometimes I use the one that is one the lamp, sometimes I replace it with a new one. This one will work fine for what I have planned.
Next you need to make sure the metal base and stand are clean so the paint will adhere. I wiped the whole piece down with ammonia.
Before I begin, I tape the cord to the ground for about 12" so the spray paint does not get on the cord. I start with one coat of Rustoleum clean metal primer. Spray lightly to avoid drips.
Here it is below with one coat of primer. I then use whatever color I want for the base. I spray two to three light coats of paint (waiting a few minutes between coats) until I feel the color is strong enough.
The final step is to embellish or replace the lampshade to match your decor and wallah ... you have a wonderful new lamp!!
I added a vintage inspired flower with a mix of vintage and new silk ribbons.
Thanks for visiting and have fun if you try this project!!