Thrift Store Lamps New Life

Karen H.
by Karen H.
3 Materials
When redoing my bedroom furniture, I decided I need new lamps. I visited a local thrift store and found brass lamps for under $30 for both. I decided brass was out for me and my bedroom and decided I wanted to oil rubbed bronze to match my drawer pulls on the furniture. Everyone thought I was crazy to ruin good brass lamps, but they were not solid brass and bronze was what I was looking for.
I cleaned the lamps well with 409. I sanded down the brass a little to scuff it up to be sure paint would adhere better.
Before brass thrift store lamp
I had decided I wanted oil rubbed bronze lamps. I sprayed entire lamp with Rustoleum metallic paint in oil rubbed bronze. I thought the oil rubbed bronze was a little too brown, so I added Rustoleum Copper paint highlights with a very small paint brush to make it look more like my oil rubbed drawer pulls.
Finished lamps
Finished product, looking brand new. I purchased new shades and I have beautiful bronze lamps for my night stands.
Suggested materials:
  • Thrift store brass lamps   (St. Vincent de Paul thrift store)
  • Rustoleum Metallic Spray paint   (Home depot/Lowes even Walmart has it.)
  • New lamp shades   (Bed, Bath and Beyond)
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