It seems like my decorating style starts to change every couple of years, and let’s face it, redecorating a room can get expensive quickly! So what’s a girl to do when her tastes change but her budget doesn’t? Give a makeover to items she already owns! Instead of breaking the bank by buying brand new lamps, I gave my current lamps a new look with spray paint.
Materials: Rust-Oleum Flat White Primer Spray, Rust-Oleum Heirloom White Satin Spray Paint, Rust-Oleum Gloss Clear Spray, painter’s tape, 220 grit sandpaper
The first thing I did was to wrap the light bulb sockets and cords with painter’s tape to protect them from getting covered with paint.
Next I sprayed the lamps with the primer. Two coats were applied to ensure that the metal was completely covered.
After the primer was dry, I lightly sanded with 220 grit sandpaper to remove a few little bubbles created by the spray painting process. I wiped down the lamps with a cotton rag between coats to remove any dust from sanding.
Next I sprayed the lamps with two coats of Heirloom White. Once dry, I gave them two final coats of Clear Gloss Spray to give them a glossy high end look.
Including the drying time between each coat, this project took just two days and my lamps look brand new! I only used about a third of each can of spray paint, and everything cost me under $20 total! I’m thinking of adding some ribbon to trim out the lamp shades as a final touch—as soon as I can decide on a color, that is!
Now the next time I want a new look but am on a tight budget, I’m going to grab my cans of spray paint and see what I can do!
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