before and after: bedside table lamps redo
As part of my bedside table redo I am re-purposing lamps I already have. They are really old and I’ve been tired of the look for a long time. These puppies are getting a coat of “hammered metallic gold” and a spanking new white drum shade!
First, I wont be reusing the shades, so those went.
This little doo-hicky is called a lamp harp. Comes off super easy and I wont be using it with the new shades I bought.
Then within seconds my boys turned the lamp shades into hats and megaphones!
Can you hear me Mom?
Ooooh I love that little face!
Before spraying with primer I wrapped the cord so they wouldn’t get covered with paint.
This winter I turned our main floor bathroom into a spray booth. This room of the house needs to be redone badly and I don’t even care to use it in it’s original state. I can seal the room off from the rest of the house, put a fan in the window and spray away! It moves the air through pretty well!
After a coat of primer and two coats of paint I put on the new shades and was pleased with the new look!
I love gold right now!
This was such a simple project with a big change. All supplies totalled less than $25!!
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Spray Paint a Lamp Shade? (round one)
I’ve read tutorials online about spray painting just about anything. It’s a cheap thrill and gets the job done, most of the time… I thought I would try to spray paint a couple lamp shades (since really big cool ones can be $$$!) and see how it turned out. What would I have to loose except for the cost of the paint?
These lamps were purchased for the night stands in our master bedroom for $5 each off of Craigslist. I wasn’t crazy about the color and was ready to change it!
These are the empty nightstands where they were to go, as you can see our bedroom is pretty bare, more on that in another post!
I wanted to add some drama with the lighting (please ignore the color!) And didn’t want small lamps, small these are not!!
So I set one of the pinkish textured humongo lamp shades on a 5 gallon bucket in our backyard…
And without taking the time to change out of my clothes from church (who has time when creativity strikes?) I started to spray, and spray, and spray.
And spray, until it looked like this, meh… Crispy and still pink.
Up close? Crispy, crusty, pilly and STILL slightly pink… I think deep down I knew this wasn’t going to work but for a $5 can of spray paint I was willing to let myself be pleasantly surprised…
So in the end I decided that these large lamps were actually TOO large. I will play with re-purposing some lamps I already have that are slightly smaller. You’ll notice that this post is the first round of two parts. I will try this project on another lamp shade and here is the main reason why: the texture of my second lamp shade is smooth and a single layer of material which will hopefully produce a better finish. I will keep you guys posted on that project, you never know until you try!