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Painting a lamp stylish teal

I hope it is a bit cooler where you live…in the Washington area we are sweatin’!    It is hot and humid and although I have a small window unit in my workshop, it is just too hot to paint.  I did finish painting an old brass lamp last week, and today I purchased a new shade.  Well, I hope these lamps are not going to be in style again..too late for mine.  This lamp was tossed out and I happen to drive by and quickly grabbed it.  The shade I immediately trashed, but the base was in good shape, just really dirty.  Unfortunately I forgot to make a before picture, but this one is similar:


At first I taped off the bulb socket and part of the cord.  I spray painted the lamp base with a Rustoleum primer specifically for metals.  I sprayed  two coats and  sanded the drips in between with a fine grit sandpaper.  If you prefer a real glossy lamp base you can choose an oil based paint, or use a spray paint.  I opted for Benjamin Moore Gypsy teal in eggshell.  This was a small sample and I could not wait to use this vibrant color.  I brushed it on with a small brush and gave it two coats.  Let the paint dry overnight in between coats.    After painting I lightly distressed the surface and applied one coat of Minwax stain in ebony.  Do not wait long,  maybe 5 minutes, and wipe it off.  I loved this finish!  It was exactly what I had in mind.  Well, no before and during pictures, but here is the end result:


I purchased and embellished a cheap lamp shade with a cute teal-colored jute ribbon.

painted brass lamp

teal brass lamp

painted brass lamp

I also recommend to paint one or two layers of polyurethane (water based) to protect the paint and to add some gloss to the lamp.

This lamp redo did not cost much at all.  All products (except for the BM paint) were purchased at Walmart and did not cost more than $15.   An old lamp can be purchased at yard sales or thrift stores, why don’t you give it a try?

Stay cool and don’t forget to water the flowers..they are thirsty too.



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  1. We just inherited some old brass lamps and I’ve been wondering what to do with them. Love the color you chose!!!

  2. Wat een idee, van ouderwets naar super trendy!

  3. Thank you very much for featuring this lamp! Much appreciated!

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