Our budget for home goods has flat-lined for the next few months as we build up our businesses, but I’m starting to go a little crazy staring at the smudged white walls, faux brick and missing closet doors. Especially looking at two faux brass metal lamps that are straight out of the 90′s. I reached my breaking point this weekend, and picked up spray paint. The end result? Two revamped lamps for around $10.
Step One: Clean off and then sand the lamps lightly. Don’t worry about scratches, the many layers of paint will fill it in.
Step Two: Paint! Following the instructions on the cans, hold can 6-8″ from the surface and spray with primer (comes in black, rust red or white). Wait 10 minutes. Spray with colored paint. Repeat as necessary. Finish with sealer. I ended up with four coats (one primer, two paint, one sealer).
Step Three: Let dry for an hour.
Step Four: Bring into the house and enjoy your newly renovated lamp.
A few tips:
Read the instructions on the can thoroughly before leaving the store.
Don’t skip the primer and the sealer. I was tempted, but the difference is a project that looks spray painted and a project that looks a little more professional.
Keep each coat of paint very light and don’t rush the process, it’s better to have multiple coats than one that ripples.
Don’t skip the waiting time.
If you are a little heavy on the paint and drips or ripples appear, wait for the paint to dry for 10-20 minutes and then sand down the ripples. Brush clean, and then spray a light coat of paint all over.