Monday, June 13, 2011

Painted Lamp Tutorial

Remember these…

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And how they started off like this…

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Well, here’s how I did it:

First, I wiped them down with de-glosser.  You’ll be amazed at how much further your sandpaper goes when you start with this step because it’s not getting gummed up by the polyurethane.

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Then I scuffed up the lamp, including the base, with a 120 grit sandpaper.  Because I went the lazy route {just a scuff-up}, none of the wood grain showed through in my final result.  But, if you have the patience and determination to sand down to the bare wood, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I made a batch of gray, water-based stain {white, black and brown paint, thinned down with water to a stain consistency} and applied three coats with a foam brush.

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Here are the first and second coats.

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After the final coat, I took them out to the garage and sprayed the bases with Rustoleum’s oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.

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The final step {no photos…sorry} was to wipe on a tinted, oil-based polyurethane to add a little warmth and sheen.

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The final result is a great, faux-stain lamp!  Thanks for reading :)

19 comments:

  1. They are beautiful!! Great step-by-step too. I haven't tackled a lamp yet, but I've got two in my bedroom that I'm just itching to give a new color to. Yours look great!

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  2. I love how they turned out! Beautiful.

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  3. I love that you share your painting techniques! These look awesome!

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  4. Love your tips! Thanks for your tutorial. Your lamps look great. Well done.

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  5. Those are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I've been curious about painting a lamp.

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  6. They look absolutely awesome!
    I just was told about your blog recently & I really like what you do (family life too).
    Have fun & Thanks!
    You are welcome to come by our blog ~ http://home-homemade.blogspot.com/

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  7. They turned out so great!

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  8. They turned out sooo pretty! Great job, Natty!

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  9. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Your lamps turned out gorgeous.

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  10. Beautiful!!! :)
    I love how they turned out! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

    cinsarah.blogspot.com

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  11. Beautiful! I love the depth that you get by doing this process instead of a simple spray paint.
    Found you from Fingerprints on the Fridge!

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  12. Love them! The perfect mixture of colors created a very beautiful result.

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