Spray Painting Lamps: Yes You Can!

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This week’s DIY project: spray painted lamps. I have been on the hunt for new, more exciting lighting for our home and was checking out the usual suspects: Target, Homegoods, etc and finding that lamps are way more expensive than I expected. The cheapskate in me would not allow me to pay upwards of $50 for a table lamp and I decided to start looking in the local Goodwill for possibilities.


Those of you who frequent the Goodwill know that you will have no trouble finding lamps for under $10, but then you must ask the question, “Is it worth, putting the world’s ugliest lamp in my home to save $40?”


You most certainly will find an array of lamps from the 1980s in beautiful colors such as sickly peach, moldy green and putrid yellow.


But fear not! You can have your cheap lamp and still invite judgmental friends to your home, because of a wonderful invention called spray paint.

Until I began this project I had no idea lamps could be spray painted. However, virtually any type of lamp or surface can be painted. The key is using a good primer. I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2x Ultra Cover Flat White Primer and Rust-Oleum Gloss Protective Enamel in Orange for the color. All three of these lamps have survived for 2 years now with no chipping. I used these steps to refurbish my Goodwill finds:

1. Clean the lamps well. More than likely there will be years of dirt and grime on your recycled lamps and they need to be cleaned thoroughly with soap and water and then dried well.

2. Once the lamp is completely dry, you can begin priming (I suggest spraying outside for better ventilation). You’ll need to tape up the lamp’s cord and any part of it that you don’t want to paint. You can use any tape, but I prefer FrogTape Painter’s Tape because it blocks paint. Follow the directions on your spray primer of choice for dry time (my primer took 1 hour to dry). Make sure you are not spraying too close to the lamp as this will lead to paint bubbles and a less even coverage. I find it is best to spray from further away. Although it takes more time to cover the area, you’ll have a more even coat.

3. Once your primer is dry to the touch, you can begin the fun part of spraying on the color! Use the same technique of spraying further away. Add a second coat of paint as needed after allowing the first coat to dry.


4. Allow your lamps to dry completely, remove the tape and assemble them. I bought new lamp shades from Lowe’s and here is the finished product:


Have you tried this? Leave a comment and let me know how it went.

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