I found these lamps for a smoking good deal at a local thrift shop several months ago, with the intent of using them behind our living room sofa. I had shopped online, in-stores and thrift shops for months prior to the purchase trying to find two lamps the right size to fit in that spot. You can read all about that exciting tale here. Anyways, they sat on the sofa table unused for weeks. I would occasionally turn one on in the evening only to find it turned off a short time later…which was weird. Weird, why? Because no one, I repeat no-one, turns off lights in this house (excluding myself). Seriously. So when I kept finding them turned off I had to do some investigating as to why this amazing phenomenon was taking place. After questioning the boyfriend as to why the lamps were switched off, I was given a very simple explanation. The lamps cast a glare on the monster TV, which is distracting when it’s being watched. See he uses that TV all the time and I don’t, so once I saw what he was talking about it made perfect sense. That meant it was time to find the lamps a new home where they could actually serve a purpose (don’t have a clue what I am going to put on the table in their place).
Moving the lamps to a new room finally got me motivated enough to attempt an update on these somewhat dated ladies. Here is a before shot…
I debated on lots of different painting techniques to try, but finally just decided on a simple, understated spray paint job. I didn’t want to invest a lot time and money. I just wanted to be able to walk past the lamps and not automatically think to myself ‘I really need to do something with those’. Now I just had to decide on color and found what I was looking for at HD. The perfect color was “Dark Steel” by Rustoleum. It was a metallic paint so it added a little bit of sheen to the dark grey color. Grey is always one of my favorite colors, so this was the one for me.
The first lamp was scrubbed down and all not-to-be painted parts were covered with tape before spraying on the new color. The coverage with these metallic paints is really great so it only took a couple of thin coats to cover the whole lamp. The hardest part was to make sure I sprayed in all the little nooks and crannies in the glass. Once the paint dried it was moved to it’s new home in our master bedroom (on the new DIY Farmhouse Bedside Table).
Simple, understated and budget friendly update. The metallic paints are more expensive at around $8 a can, but I was able to do both lamps with one. I love that now when I see them I just see a couple of lamps and not another I need to get on that project. And, best of all, we actually use them like every night.