Any ideas for this old lamp?

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This old brass floor lamp was given to us over 15 years ago. Its only use has been as an aid in painting walls. I was wondering if it could be painted, say with a spray paint, and if the heat from the bulb could cause problems with the paint.
makeover for an old lamp, lighting, painting
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  • AvonelleRed AvonelleRed on Nov 01, 2014
    You can find heat-resistant paint at just about any hardware store. Most brand names have them, and they are usually found in spray cans.
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Nov 01, 2014
    if you use a spray paint made for metals it should be fine.Rustoleum makes numerous choices
  • Mary Mary on Nov 02, 2014
    I have the same old lamp and sprayed it with rust oleum oil rubbed bronze paint and love it.
  • Barbara Weatherly Barbara Weatherly on Nov 02, 2014
    You should be good. I have one that takes a lot of effort to turn on or off. It's also leaning can it be fixed
    • R.V.R. Farris R.V.R. Farris on Nov 02, 2014
      @Barbara Weatherly As for the leaning, I really have no idea about how to correct that. I haven't used this lamp for much except to spot light walls while painting. The thought of spray painting it and actually using it for its intended purpose just kinda jumped into my mind yesterday.
  • Betty Van Sant Betty Van Sant on Nov 02, 2014
    You could try chalk paint. It covers EVERYTHING. Even leather and fabrics. Lots of nice colors too
  • Eliza Eliza on Nov 02, 2014
    I had the exact same lamp! First, I prepared the surface by rubbing off the sheen that was still left with steel wool. Then, I spray painted the entire lamp with Rustoleum spray paint (hammered metal in black). The paint was not a high heat type and I haven't had any problems with the paint chipping, pealing, etc. It turned out terrific. I'm still using it four years later.
    • R.V.R. Farris R.V.R. Farris on Nov 02, 2014
      @Eliza Thanks for the additional info, glad to hear the Rustoleum has worked for you. I'll be picking up some more tomorrow.
  • Ulli Land Ulli Land on Nov 02, 2014
    Use an LED light bulb if you are concerned about heat issues. Plus, it uses so little energy, you could even go cordless if you hacked it a little. It saves energy and gives you a lot more options on where to place the lamp.
  • Carol B Carol B on Nov 02, 2014
    @Ulli Land How do you go cordless?
  • Rosie Rosie on Nov 02, 2014
    Yes, how do you go cordless? I have a lamp in living room I would love to do that to.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Nov 02, 2014
    Brass is coming back in vogue. If any stains can be polished out with Brasso or Peak, I would do that. Then spray with several coats of Clear Coat (auto section) to prevent tarnishing. If not, then I would check for manifold or engine spray paint. Then you can use any bulb you want. Personally, LED lights leave me cold.
  • Ulli Land Ulli Land on Nov 03, 2014
    Rosie and Carol - (How to make any lamp cordless), I had just recently seen this on this blog and thought the idea was great http://www.viewalongtheway.com/2012/08/lamp-hack-how-to-make-any-lamp-cordless/
  • Joline Cosman Joline Cosman on Nov 03, 2014
    You should have someone show you how to re-wire a lamp, in general. There are sockets with turn-switches, pull-chains, and push-pull. They are not expensive at the hardware store, and easy enough to do. Also, the newer bulbs now, are not as hot as the older incandescent bulbs, which may help with the heat problem. Have fun !!!
  • Shojdik Shojdik on May 18, 2016
    Why not repaint the brass and drill small holes along the bottom edges and hang crystals from it to dress it up a bit?