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When you go to the thrift store do you walk by the outdated lamps? Do you turn your nose up at the lamps in a pile when you stop at a garage sale? Do you think to yourself what is the best way to paint a thrift store lamp if I buy it?
I use to be that way. Looking at them, I thought ewww it isn’t stylish at all. But I bought the one that I sprayed white and dolled up the lamp shade. I liked it.
I started thinking maybe these old lamps aren’t so bad after all. So when I was out and about not long ago I saw this little dirty looking white lamp and decided to give it chance.
And strangely enough I have a lamp shade that is in perfect proportion. That is important. And it coordinates with the paint color I thought the lamp should be painted. How often does that happen?
So this poor discarded lamp came home with me. I wrapped up the cord and lamp hard ware with paper and painters tape. Of course before even getting that far I had to make sure it worked because you know it is always a chance you take when you buy a used lamp.
The lamp checked out and worked. Otherwise I would have had to rewire it, I cleaned the lamp off with a dampish paper towel.
I certainly don’t want the paint to come off so a clean surface is important. After all of the prep work, I got a large piece of cardboard I keep for spray painting small items to protect the lawn.
Rust-oleum sent me some Oil Rubbed Bronze paint in order to participate in a survey they conducted. Lucky for me the color is perfect with the lamp shade. I started spraying the lamp in thin coats, letting it dry and turning it for full coverage.
When the lamp was thoroughly covered and dry I decided it needed a little something more. I got the metallic gold wax out and rubbed it on the raised areas of the lamp. It really highlights the details that the white didn’t bring out.
And now an old forlorn lamp that was sitting on the thrift store lamp has a new life. What is the best way to paint a thrift store lamp? In this case I suggest spray paint.
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