My husband and I were out running errands as we drove by Goodwill. I begged like a child to please, please, please stop and go in. John is a good sport but he has his limitations. I was peppered with questions in rapid fire succession-
Do we have to go today? YES!
What are you looking for? I’ll know it when I see it.
How long will this take? Oh, not long
He relented – I told you he was a good sport. As I entered the store I made a mental note that the blue ticket color tags would be 50% off and I raced towards the back. Admittedly there wasn’t a lot to choose from on this particular day. I saw a hideous brass lamp with a jade colored base. I wasn’t even looking for a lamp but I found myself drawn towards it. First of all it is very heavy – the real deal as far as brass goes. The lamp worked and it is three-way lighting. It had a new shade, which was too small. The lamp was priced $7.07 and…it had a blue tag. SOLD at $3.54.
Fast forward a few days…I was in line at TJ Maxx checking out. Another woman was in the return line bringing back large, khaki colored drum shades. My ears perked up like a good hunting dog. I was hearing things like – “ma’am you’ve had these shades for over eight months” and ” I can only give you store credit”. The customer took her credit and went on her merry way. I immediately got out of my line and went to the return line. I smiled sweetly as I said “if those lampshades were stocked items, wouldn’t they be on clearance”? The very nice cashier checked for me and stated “this is your lucky day – the shades are now $6.00 a piece”. SOLD Even at the original price of $16.99 a great value for a 15 inch drum shade.
Now I needed a second lamp. I went to Atlanta Union Mission thrift store Thursday. They were having a 50% off lamp special. I found a solid brass lamp that I thought would compliment the other lamp. This lamp is also very heavy. I purchased this lamp for $7.50
I didn’t even know what I was going to do with the lamps. I knew they had promising potential and they could be transformed. I started doing web research on how to paint brass. Almost all of the sites recommended two coats of primer, two coats of paint and one coat of gloss. Humph! I don’t have that kind of patience, especially on a project that I wasn’t sure was going to work out. This is what I did instead:
- I bought Rustoleum Universal 2 in 1…primer and paint in gloss white
- Using plastic grocery bags and painters tape I protected the lamp harp and bulb area. I did the same for the electric cord.
- I laid out an old sheet in the driveway and placed both brass lamps on top.
- I started to spray paint being sure to use slow left to right motion, being sure not to stay on one spot too long.
- I let this first coat dry for 30 minutes.
- I sprayed on the second coat.
- I waited one hour and the lamps were dry enough to bring into the house. The paint wasn’t totally dry for another hour or so.
With one coat complete, I felt pretty good about the paint coverage.
This is the paint I used. I was very satisfied with the coverage and smooth finish. One full can painted both lamps.
I am super happy with the end result. As much as I love the lamps they will have a new home in a clients house. I wanted to see how they would look so, I did a quick staging. The finials were leftover from an art project – metal acorns.
From Brassy to Classy:
This lamp makeover was probably the easiest and quickest project I have ever done. Not including drying time, this project took literally ten minutes…no kidding. It only took two minutes to tape off the lamps. Each spray session was only a few minutes. Maximum result for little effort – my kind of project. I won’t hesitate to purchase more lamps in the future. Here’s the cost break down:
- Lamps (2) $11.04
- Shades (2) 12.00
- Paint 3.85
- Finials free
- Total $26.89
Not bad for two lamps! Have you ever made-over a lamp?