From Grandmother's Old Lamp to Chic Beautiful Lamp!

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I pulled this old lamp that belonged to my Grandmother out of storage and had to decide if I was taking it to Goodwill or giving it a makeover. I'm beyond thrilled that I chose the makeover! My sister actually gave it to me as a sort of joke because we both thought it was so ugly but couldn't bear to get rid of it. I stored it for years but it's not a joke anymore!
Before the makeover...ugghh.
I carefully disassembled the entire lamp including the wiring. I have never posted a project before so I didn't think about posting until I was finished which of course means there aren't pictures of the process.


There were two large metal pieces and one small wooden separator that needed to be painted. I chose Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint & Primer in One in the "oil rubbed bronze" color. I wore plastic gloves while I sprayed so I could turn and twist the pieces to make certain all nooks and crannies were covered without getting paint on my hands.


I had previously seen a similar project that showed the inside of the glass piece painted with glass paint, but I decided this lamp already had a lot going on and kept the glass clear. I'm so glad I did!


I bought a new wire kit for it and the challenging part was the fact that it's a hurricane lamp and I had to figure out how to properly wire to make both lights work correctly. So I solicited the help of my husband and he did the re-wire work for me :)
With the lights off.
I re-assembled all the pieces, then bought a pretty drum shaped shade from Lowe's, and VOILA!
With the lights on!
I will never look at an old, ugly lamp the same way again!
Suggested materials:
  • Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint & Primer in One in the "oil rubbed bronze" color   (Lowe's)
  • New re-wiring kit for hurricane lamps   (Lowe's)
  • News paper to spray paint on
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  • Nicolette Spargo Nicolette Spargo on Apr 10, 2017
    This is absolutely gorgeous! You did an awesome job saving this piece :)

    • Apstory Apstory on Apr 10, 2017
      Thank you so much! I am very proud of it and the fact that it's now a pretty, antique family piece that will be treasured makes it even better :)

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