November 14, 2013 by

This quick and easy project will shed new light on any vintage, past-its-prime or attic-dwelling lamp!

  • Using a good painter’s tape, protect the base and any other part of the lamp that will retain its original finish.
  • Rough up the surface a bit with sandpaper to make painting easier, or select a type of paint that works best for the lamp’s surface.
  • Paint away! I chose a hammered-metal brown for a dramatically different vibe.
  • Once the paint is dry, carefully remove the tape.
  • Choose a lampshade. I decided to go with a contrasting style, one that introduced additional coloring and texture. You can even mix and match shades from your existing lamps.

Insider’s Tip: Have you ever bought an inexpensive thrift store lamp just for the shade? You can sometimes save big money over store-bought lampshades this way, and the variety is endless.

 

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