Sunday, June 14, 2009

Brass Lamp Makeover

I stopped off at a local thrift store on my way home on Saturday and found some milk glass (yeah!), baskets and this lamp, I paid $3.98 (another yeah!)

(See? $3.98)

I'd like to apologize in advance to the brass lovers out there, but I AVOID brass at all cost...I'm a nickel, chrome, kinda gal...but the shape....divine!

I masked off the harp and cord and gave it a good coat of metal primer. I don't cheat when priming metal...if it's not primed, the paint will come off. I tried that on some sconces, not so good....lesson learned.

Out came the spray paint, and I actually hesitated...I kinda liked the white primer, I could just finish it off with a coat or two of satin white...but black was my original thought, and after considering all the black I use in the living room, frames, etc. Black was the final decision...

Here is the final result, I had it in place before the paint was even dry!! I was so happy with how it turned out, even Justin commented on the result. I think it kinda looks like turned wood! Ahhh, my lamp fetish is justified!

I topped it with a shade from Target and VOILA! I photographed some of the things I'll be using with the lamp...just for you to get the idea...pillows usually hang out on the couch :)

I think I'll be on the hunt for more brass lamps...whatta think?

Love It!!

Thanks for visiting, hope you are inspired!



  1. Hi Michelle !
    I will have to keep my eyes open for those brass lamps too ! Great job and good comment on the primer.....I also sometimes take a day or two to
    comment on people - that working thing !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  2. What a gorgeous lamp! Who would have thought it had another life! I love the black and the shade is lovely. You've put together a pretty vignette too!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  3. Nice job. May I ask what kind of primer you use on metal?

  4. Love the fabulous lamp! I'm new to your blog and love it.


  5. DITTO...LOVE IT! I have a brass lamp I "inherited" and never loved. That's a great idea and I'm thinking it will be one of my next projects! THANKS!

  6. I never find lamps that I like but you have given some ideas that with solve that problem.
    I agree about the primer. A job well done.

  7. I think I LOVE IT...... looks sooo good black....

  8. Michelle, thanks for stopping by my blog. And that lamp redo is unbelievably gorgeous! I'll have to jot down your steps so I don't mess up if I find a great lamp like yours. ;-)

  9. It has never occurred to me the paint metal lamps, I love it! Thank you for the primer tip. :O) Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage

  10. Wow! You did an awesome job on that. What vision you have and it looks great in your living room.


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