DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Lamp Makeover

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These beautiful brass lamps were lovely, but my client wanted to give them a more modern updated makeover. We both loved the look of the lamps we'd seen in catalogs like Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn and of course Restoration Hardware but we didn't want to spend the money on new lamps. I decided to try to recreate the "greige" finish on these brass lamps and we both were thrilled about how they came out!
  • diy restoration hardware inspired lamp makeover, lighting, painted furniture
Here is the before. I cleaned them thoroughly before priming them with a shellac based primer. My favorite is Zinzer primer.
  • diy restoration hardware inspired lamp makeover, lighting, painted furniture
I made sure that I let the primer dry very well in between each coat.
  • diy restoration hardware inspired lamp makeover, lighting, painted furniture
Then I applied 2 coats of Sherwin Williams paint in a matte finish. The color I used was Virtual Taupe.
  • diy restoration hardware inspired lamp makeover, lighting, painted furniture
The next step I did was to make my own liming wax. I used Johnson's paste wax mixed with white latex paint. I used a cheap chip brush to kind of dry brush the liming wax all over the lamps. I let the wax kind of settle into the brush marks of the base coat. I wiped off any excess with a blue shop towel.
  • diy restoration hardware inspired lamp makeover, lighting, painted furniture
Here is the finished product! The lamp is totally transformed!
  • diy restoration hardware inspired lamp makeover, lighting, painted furniture
  • diy restoration hardware inspired lamp makeover, lighting, painted furniture
Since there were two sets of lamps, I decided to make the other set darker. For this set, I also made a diy wax but instead of using paint I used dark stain. I used the same technique, dry brushing the wax on and then removing any excess.
  • diy restoration hardware inspired lamp makeover, lighting, painted furniture
And here it is finished! For more photos and information click the link to go to my blog!

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Sherwin Williams paint  (Sherwin Williams)
  • Johnson's Paste Wax  (Home Depot)
  • Minwax Stain  (Home Depot)
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