How to Repurpose an Old Lamp

Curbside Overhaul
by Curbside Overhaul
9 Materials
4 Hours
Repurposing is a sure way to brighten up any future. In the case of this lamp makeover, you are saving these parts from the landfill. You also saving yourself money that you can invest other ways. Maybe the most important thing in our minds is that it also gives you an creative outlet. A lot of people tell us they’re not creative, but what is there to be worried about with an old piece you were going to throw out anyway.

Once we finished our lamp makeover, we rewired it, so we could have not only a beautiful, but functional lamp.

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For this project, we used Amy Howard Spray Lacquer and One-Step paint.

To start our lamp makeover, we decided to start with a coat of One-Step Paint. Spray Lacquer has a hard time sticking to certain surfaces, but the One-Step paint will stick to anything.

To get the Mercury Glass type effect we’re going for, we sprayed just drops of water to the surface of our piece. Hold the nozzle, so that it sprays up instead of directly onto the piece. Immediately, spray that side with silver Spray Lacquer.

Repeat these the last step for all the sides. Once it's dry, use Bright Idea to give it a shiny finish and to work as protective coat.

Once you're finished decorating your lamp, check out this video for a full tutorial on how to rewire your new lamp!

Suggested materials:
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  • Silver Spray Lacquer   (
  • Black Chalk-based paint   (
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