So the other day I posted about my big day thrifting. I have always wanted to try painting a lamp, and this $5.99 baby became my first project!
It had great lines, but the color – blech.
So I bought some spraypaint – one a gray primer and another in turquoise gloss.
I was going to take the harp off, but I don’t know how to do it and I figured that if I did, I’d never get it back on again and I’d be stuck with a lovely painted lamp that couldn’t have a shade. The shame!
So I wrapped up the socket and part of the harp so I wouldn’t get paint on them. Sorry I didn’t take a photo of it! I kept the “candle” part free, though – that I wanted to cover with paint because whenever I try to fit a lampshade on a lamp, a litttllle piece of that stalky thing shows and it drives me nuts. It looks like the lamp’s slip is showing.
I also thought I’d protect the wire so I wrapped it in a lunch bag and wrapped some packing tape around it.
I sat it on an old baseball bucket that my husband insists is useful whenever I try to take it to the dump. Look! He was right. Not that I think painting pedestal is what he had in mind….
Now I was ready for my big project! Here’s the blow-by-blow:
12:50pm: I gave it a coat of primer and it immediately perked up! You can see how I protected the socket in this picture:
12:52pm: I wonder what to do next.
I mean – it took like seconds to cover it and I was all psyched for a fun project. But now I had to wait until the primer dried before I could do anything else.
So I thought I’d take on the chandelier, too. I talked about this in Saturday’s post as well…
12:58: Here’s how we’re going to start with this one. First I tried to find a place to hang it so I could spray all the way around it. No go.
And then it hit me – back to the bucket! Voila! Upside down INTO the bucket let me get the bottom done first and then I’d switch to get the top done once it dried.
Boy – my husband was right. This bucket is really great!
1:10 pm: It took SOOOO long to paint this. I’m talking a whole eleven mintues. Whew! What I do for fashion.
The chandelier had more swirls and intricate detail – a little harder to cover, but still – not exactly a heavy lift
So now I’ve been here for all of 20 minutes and I’m really getting somewhere but I still want to do MORE!
The spray can said wait 1 hour before the primer dries fully, but it also said I could re-coat after five minutes! I decided that putting on the turquoise paint counted as re-coating so I decided to go for it.
But the chandelier was still upside down in my bucket. Hrumph.
Miraculously there was a brick sitting nearby so I put it into use as a mini platform and we were off to the races.
And about fifteen minutes later the second coat done. And a short while later I put a lovely hat on the old girl and we have a pretty good little transformation!
Such a pretty color – it really shows off the excellent lines of this piece!
And that was it! Voila!
And best of all, my family didn’t look sideways at it and squint. Squinting is the universal sign for “omg she’s at it again but I’d better say something nice so she’ll keep feeding me”.
So here’s the before:
And the after
What do you think? I thought it was a simple, quick and pretty dramatic changeroo. You should try it!
Still working on the chandelier – it is still upside down in the bucket but I will keep working on that this week!
Linking up! Go visit these ladies – such fun blogs!