Monday, June 13, 2011

Painted Lamp Tutorial

Remember these…


And how they started off like this…


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.


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.


Here are the first and second coats.


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


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


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


  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!

  2. I love how they turned out! Beautiful.

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

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


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

  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 ~

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

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

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

  10. 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!

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

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