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. great job on the lamp!!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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. ;-)

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

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


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