Lamp Makeover: How to Spray Paint a Brass Lamp

by Misty
One item I come across a lot in my thrift shopping are these old tarnished brass lamps. Most of them work great but just look yucky with all that tarnish. The good news is I can pick them up usually pretty cheap and with a little paint, I can give that old lamp new life!
I picked up two of these babies for $15 on my local area Yard Sale Facebook page…which I admit I am totally addicted to. I've got a friend moving in town soon, so I grabbed one for myself and one for him, so I’ll do another paint job on that one that is more in style with what he likes.
This is how the project turned out but if you'd like to see the full description along with what products I used, you can see the full detail at
My yucky yard sale find, tarnished but in great shape.
Removed all the main pieces and taped it up.
Painted with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.
And the final painted lamp on top of my newly painted buffet table/dresser.
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  • Terrie Terrie on Dec 02, 2016
    Where did you get your shade? It's lovely.
  • Leanne Wilkin Leanne Wilkin on May 31, 2018

    This looks great. A question though. What did you use for the crystal effect fringe on the shade?

  • Leanne Wilkin Leanne Wilkin on May 31, 2018

    what did you use for the fringe detail on the shade?

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  • Melody Boling Medlock Melody Boling Medlock on Dec 20, 2020

    I clicked on this thinking there would be some sort of extra step other than prime and paint for brass that I wasn't aware of. Still, I appreciate now knowing that there aren't any extra steps. Your lamp turned out great. Thank you for sharing.

  • Maria Maria on Dec 05, 2021

    My 3 old brass lamps look AGED! I want to try your technique. Thanks