Here’s how to cheaply & easily revamp your lamp base for a new look

14 Mar

I’ve searched high & low for the perfect gourd lamp for my house.

If you don’t know what a gourd lamp is- here are some in the image below:

Source: Garnet Hill

And they are $230.  Most of the other gourd lamps I found were all at least $150.  If you’re anything like me…I’d rather spend that $150 on, well, pretty much anything other than a little side-table lamp.  So how about buying a cheap gourd lamp, or any lamp with a great shape,  (think: Lowes, Home Depot, Ikea, TJ Maxx) and painting it the exact right color you want?  Or, revamp an outdated brass (or any *ugly*) lamps you own already.

Here’s how with this brilliant tutorial I found on Isabella & Max Rooms.  This is so simple, cheap, and failproof!  I can’t wait to do this to my own lamps at home, hidden in the storage closet, that badly need to be brought into this decade.

Here are some dark blue gourd lamps found for $39 that didn’t match Janell Beals’ bedroom decor.  So instead of giving up, she gave them a make-over!

First, wrap & tape the socket and cords with plastic to protect them from getting covered with paint

Second, spray the lamps with Rust-Oleum’s White Primer.  Wait for the first coat to dry, then apply a second coat to make sure your original color is completely covered.

Third, between any applications of paint, lightly sand the surface with 220 grit sandpaper, removing any little bubbles created by the spraying process.  Wipe down with a cotton rag after sanding to remove all dust.

Fourth, 24 hrs later, these lamps were sprayed with two coats of Rust-Oluem’s Heirloom White.  Rust-Oleum has plenty of other gorgeous colors!  Just make sure your primer is 100% dry before applying your color.

Last, spray the lamps with Rust-Oluem’s Clear Protective Finish in Gloss.

And voila!  You’ve got a gorgeous new lamp base in any color you want!

I love love the result!

Pictures from Isabella & Max Rooms.

Thanks to Janell Beals for her incredibly creative inspiration!

2 Responses to “Here’s how to cheaply & easily revamp your lamp base for a new look”

  1. Billy March 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    I almost like them better without the finish! That matte white is gorgeous.

  2. Pam LeVally January 2, 2020 at 12:43 pm #

    I actually like the original vibrant blue

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