DIY Spray Painted Lamps

Tuesday, July 21, 2015



{R} here with another fabulous DIY project!

Back in the day my master bedroom's color scheme was gold and purple. That meant that I had decked out the space in all things (you guessed it) gold and purple. When we moved into our quaint little cottage here in the Chicago suburbs I knew I would have to change a few things to make our space look and feel larger. Color schemes were one of these and since we spend a lot of time in our master bedroom (even if it is mostly sleeping) I knew that purple was out.

When I am looking to re-do a room (even if it is just color scheme) I think of how I want to feel when I am in that room. R and I love staying in hotels and beach vacations so I wanted to make our master feel like a hotel room on the beach (without a 'beach house' vibe). I chose the color palette of white (or cream), gold and mint.

So, what's all my rambling about? Well, I got a little carried away in the back story because I'm not really revealing a bedroom makeover (someday... in my 'home 'tour') but I am revealing our re-vamped lamps!


I was inspired to do this project after completing my DIY Curtains. I was looking at the 'after' pictures and thought 'Wow! Those lamps look terrible!'... so I decided to give them a face lift to match the rest of the room's decor!


It's hard to see but these lamps have a purple hue to them. They are great lamps and I did not want to simply buy new ones and add more pieces to our already growing decor supply in our storage room (It's insane... {R&R} yard sale soon!) so I decided to simply make-over these lamps with some spray paint!

Let's get started!

What you will need:


  • Old Lamps
  • Spray Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Plastic Bags
  • Cardboard (for spray zone)
Step 1: Prep your lamp/Spray Zone
I started by prepping my lamp. This meant thoroughly cleaning them to make sure all dust bits were removed. I then taped everything I did not want painted.


I once spray painted an entire day-bed in my garage and the next day there was pink dust everywhere. So, I decided that this time around I would prep and actually make a 'Spray Zone'. In reality, it's a cardboard box in my grass, but it's progress!



Step 2: Prime your lamp
For someone as impatient as me this step can often be missed in hopes of instant gratification but let's be honest... isn't that the entire point of spray paint? And after some research I decided I could not skip it. This blog has taught me that if I want a killer end result I have to be patient and do things right the first time! So prime prime prime your paint projects! It will make all the difference! (And a tip: Write your blog in between coats!)



Step 3: Spray your lamp with color
Practice makes perfect. The first lamp I did I didn't have a method. The second one I broke down the lamp into four 'sections' and sprayed a little at a time as to not cause any running paint (but i'm not perfect and it happened anyway... the reality of DIY... Also I'm not sure why one ball is uneven... will fix when dry).


Step 4: Spray your lamp with gloss
This is another step that can be missed and the consequenes are not good (unless you're going for a 'matte' look). If you're into that glossy look then come on down to glossy land! Do not let the pictures above fool you. When spray paint is wet it looks glossy... but it dries matte or satin. See below for a before and after with the gloss spray after it has dried.





Step 4: Enjoy your new lamps(s)! 
What's funny is I thought that I would hate the end result and decided that for $15 I would give it a shot and if it didn't work out I'd use the experience to post a fail project and buy new lamps. Well, this was a total success! I will most likely spray the metal gold at some point to match the rest of the gold in the room but I just love it!







Who doesn't love some good before and afters!




I think this change added just what we needed in this room! I was starting to get lost in a sea of white and gold and this was the perfect pop of color!

Share your spray painting projects in the comments below!

And as always, Thank you for visiting {R&R} at home!
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16 comments:

  1. I love every single thing about this room (and especially the lamps). Really, its beautiful.

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    1. Thank you for reading :) Our 'master' is slowly but surely coming together!

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  2. These look great! I've spray painted many lamps, but yours are probably one of my favorites. The blue looks great and pops against the silver. Stopping by from nifty thrifty link party.

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    1. Hi Katie! Thanks for visiting :) I just saw your dining room re-do via Nifty Thrify party and LOVE the new paint color! Paint really does make all the difference sometimes!

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  3. Those lamps are beauties!! Ilike how you painted the glass, but preserved the metal pieces in between. Also love how it matches your pillows and gives a pop of color in your room! Great job!

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    1. Thank you for visiting :) I love that there are so many spray paint colors available now to match any room's decor! I couldn't believe that this matched almost exactly with the colors we already had!

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  4. Gorgeous! I just did this over the weekend and made a white lamp!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Something to Talk About!
    Karen

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    1. Hi Karen! Thank you for visiting and for hosting the party! I absolutely love how spray paint can turn something old new again! Can't wait to see your lamp! Will you be sharing it on your blog?

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    2. Hey gal! I will share on the blog and IG, although it's not nearly as beautiful as your makeover! After your post, I am now looking around for where I can put a colored one :)

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  5. The entire room looks great, love the color scheme, the bedding, the stripes and the lamps set it all off, just perfect. Great job!

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    1. Hi Nikki! Thank you! I love how it has come together!

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  6. Love the lamps! And what a beautiful bedroom. Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week.

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    1. Hi Jerri! Thank you so much!!! I am excited to see all of the features and link up again!!

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  7. I love the lamps, great color!

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  8. I absolutely love this! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for bringing such a masterpiece to our party. I hope to see you tomorrow at 7 pm. We can't wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thank you Kimberly! I will definitely be there :)

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