Painting a Gold Lamp and Adding a Blue Shade for a New Look!

2 Materials
3 Hours

This was such a gaudy lamp that i just hated but I really thought I could make it beautiful again! I started by taking the shade off and grabbing my can of white paint that I’ve used on everything at this point. Its a flat acrylic ceiling and trim paint and, I figured, if I didn’t like the flat paint I could always add a coat of clear poly to the lamp to make it shiny later.

It took five coats of paint for this lamp to totally cover. I did a little scuffing on all of the gold and glass with a fine grit sand paper before painting it. (Note: Spray painting would have been a far better option but we have no place to spray paint here in the winter.)

Looking at the very plain white lamp base when I was finished I remembered I had a roll of twine left over from a couple of other projects and thought, “What the heck.” I really didn’t see how I had anything to lose at that point so I got to wrapping the lamp in two separate places. I think the twine really completed it and gave it the whole new look that I was going for. In fact, now with the blue shade, I think it has a little bit of a nautical look that I really like.

The lamp shade from Walmart was about $12 and, besides that, I already had the rest of the materials so, all in, this was an incredibly cheap project and, I think for the little bit of time it took and the little bit of money in cost me I think it turned out lovely!

Suggested materials:
  • Lamp shade
  • Paint
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  • Cho68720864 Cho68720864 on Oct 12, 2022

    How did you do the decor on the shade the white pattern

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  • Mainiebets Mainiebets on Apr 14, 2019

    You know what? I LOVE this! I have a very similar lamp that I have been trying to figure out how to update and this is just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  • Theresa Penrod Theresa Penrod on Apr 15, 2019

    I found these lamps at a flea market for a dollar each. I then saw this post and finished them off. Also with what I had on hand.