How can I make over this table lamp (pic attached)?


I love lamps how Can I make this iron table lamp look better

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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 18, 2019

    Paint it! RustOleum Hammered spray paint would be my recommendation.

  • Gk Gk on Jul 18, 2019

    If your lamp has it's orginal finish and it is an antique and not a reproduction I would just find a shade. You may have to search high and low for a shade that works on that lamp. I have a free standing pole lamp just like that and it was hard to find a shade that worked. I have also seen some people paint these with chalk paint and distress slightly.

    BTW: Your electrical outlet in the picture scares me! You have way too many things plugged in. It could be a fire hazard.

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    • Theresa Theresa on Jul 19, 2019

      Where did you end up getting the shade

  • Emily Emily on Jul 18, 2019

    I would not use any "detail" painting. Lamp pictured here is iron. It once had slag glass panels. I painted it because the orig finish was dull. I think "details" would "gorp" it up. I suggest just one color.

  • [re]FɄB19 [re]FɄB19 on Jul 18, 2019

    Why not simply add a Mason jar shade? I did that in my staircase and I love the result. I bought jars at the Dollar store (you could chose a size that fits your lamp) and I spray painted them with Krylon Sea Glass Ice. I have very nice comments from our guests! :)

  • William William on Jul 19, 2019

    Some ideas for painted lamps. Shade you can get at homecenter. Use Rub and Buff for accents on lamp instead of gold or silver leaf.

    Rub and Buff

  • Columbia GB Columbia GB on Jul 19, 2019

    I wouldn't paint or highlight this lamp. You'll just make it look like a cheap knockoff...

    Since you have the real thing, I'd just oil and buff it out to protect the iron. Then go for an industrial look on the shade and bulb to make it modern.

    Here's a bunch of ideas using glass shades with Edison or other modern light bulbs. Clearly, it's all based on your taste and style. But me, I'd trick this baby out in a high end industrial shade and bulb.

    Have fun!

  • Gk Gk on Jul 19, 2019

    I looked and looked online for a long time until I found a shade that would work. Unfortunately from a store that is no longer open! Make sure you look at Columbia GB's ideas under "bunch of ideas"--there's some good ideas there!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 20, 2019

    If you find a shade the right size, but it is a harp attachment, instead of a collar/Uno that the lamp housing requires, using a clip on adapter/fitter on the bulb may work for you.

  • Dee Dee on Jul 21, 2019

    Rustoleum also makes a spray paint that looks like stone.

    But I would clean and spray it either oil rubbed bronze or any of the metallic colors.

    I think I would like either an Edison light bulb in the socket or go get a glass globe at lowes or Home Depot.

  • Theresa Theresa on Jul 25, 2019

    I want to thank all the responders that answered my question i now have a beautiful lamp with a glass shade