Asked on Jul 26, 2015

Lamp makeover-remove raised painted flowers

by Christine
I love the shape and size of this lamp, but the colors and flowers are just NOT doing it for me. I'm not sure if its some sort of applique or just paint. It has texture and its even scratched off in one spot. I've tried acetone, paint remover, and even a hair dryer😁. Any suggestions?
  17 answers
  • Creina hughes Creina hughes on Jul 27, 2015
    You could paint it with chalk paint. You can always mosaic it with broken china pieces. What about wrapping it with string or rope? Have fun redesigning it. Creina
  • Melissa Melissa on Jul 27, 2015
    chalk paint will cover it and still leave the texture of the flowers which to my eye would be beautiful
  • SusieJen SusieJen on Jul 27, 2015
    I would paint it and then decoupage a pretty paper onto the front
  • Kathy Kathy on Jul 27, 2015
    Your lamp looks like a antique Sell it and buy a new one. People collect these.
  • Tonia Tonia on Jul 27, 2015
    I would try a textured spray paint.
  • Sue c. Sue c. on Jul 27, 2015
    Looks like a 1970's "Gone With the Wind" knock-off. Chalk paint and then decoupage with the top layer only of party napkins that match your room décor. I sure like the shape of that lamp but it won't fit with my modern livingroom :(
  • Taffetal Taffetal on Jul 28, 2015
    Leave it alone. Sell it and look for a lamp that you really want. Paint on antique glass . . .yuk! Pretty soon "chalk paint" will have run it's course and no one will want it.
  • Charlotta Charlotta on Jul 30, 2015
    I'd check value and age before altering it. If you can't get the paint off, you could make a Fabric tube with elastic ends that would slip off and on at will. This is to fit over the ginger Jar middle. This is actually a pretty lamp, just dated!
  • Charlotta Charlotta on Jul 30, 2015
    How much do you want for it?
  • Mollee Kauzlarich Mollee Kauzlarich on Jul 31, 2015
    I had a lamp with out- of- date flowers that I found out I could just scratch off with my fingernail. It was time consuming but easy once started.
  • DarleneBrandon Trevors DarleneBrandon Trevors on Apr 03, 2018

    I have several I am going to try sanding with a fine grit sand paper, I will keep you posted

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 19, 2020


    This looks like a Victorian Lamp, You may be better off trying to sell it and buying yourself a new lamp that would be more to your taste, or otherwise using Acrylic artist paints to try to change the colour of the flowers to your decor taste.

  • Ted Thornton Ted Thornton on Mar 01, 2021

    Paint over with spray on porcelain paint.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jun 23, 2021

    Use a razor blade to take the flowers off hold the blade flat but grab the flowers at the same time.

  • It's definitely a collectible, I would sell it or leave it. However if you love the shape and want to keep it, I would spray paint it. I do it all the time.

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 02, 2023

    Hi Christine, hope this helps you out.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 02, 2023

    Probably a transfer. Maybe scrape off with Scalpal.