Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bankers Lamp Redo

Real life: I need to leave for work in 30 minutes. My hair is wet. I have no idea what I'm going to wear and I have zero make up on. AND...I'm blogging. Some might call me insane. Let's just say I'm dedicated.

Anyway....My sweet mother-in-law gave me this old lamp they had laying around at their house. It's been sitting on my desk this way for quite a while. I liked the shape, but the brass look just isn't my style, so I knew something had to be done.

I knew I wanted to spray paint it, but I was lagging. I haven't spray painted anything for quite a while, but as soon as I did, I was wondering why I had waited so long. Seriously, spray painting might be the easiest thing ever. And the transformation is always a big one.

I started off by removing the light bulb and cleaning the lamp thoroughly. Next I taped off any places I didn't want to get painted. Lightly sanding and priming probably would have also been a good step. But I'm impatient and didn't feel like making another trip to Home Depot, so I just went for it.

The color I used was Rustoleum Lagoon in Satin. I used about 3 thin coats. After that, I topped it all off with a gloss topcoat. Now, I actually think I messed it up at that point because the finish began to crackle a bit. Not enough to make me scrap the project all together, but enough to make me annoyed. I think I maybe should have waited longer to put on the gloss coat. There goes that impatience again! So, lesson learned: either don't use a top coat, or give it a day before I spray it on.

Cost for this project:
Lamp: Free
Spray paint supplies (one can of lagoon and one can of gloss): $7
Not bad!

And here it is on my desk. Much better, right?
Alright friends...I better go figure out my life and get my butt to work. Have a fabulous day!

linking up to:
Home Stories A to Z
Thrifty Decor Chick
Shabby Creek Cottage



Nikki Correa said...

Oh my goodness that is precious!! I LOVE the color!!

Brandon said...

The desk is so clean!!

Anonymous said...

Glad you like it!

Anonymous said...

Brandon- the clean desk is an illusion. Did you see the dining table??

Kim said...

Great color choice!! I suffer from impatience too, haha!

Angela said...

Looks great! Especially with your color coordinated phone right next to it. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking turquoise blue might be my new favorite :)

shirley girl said...

I like it! I would have never thought of doing that nor would I have ever thought of using that color. I am afraid to start spray painting, I may become obsessed with it. Love you!!

Anonymous said...

Just do it, Mom!

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

Ohhhh my goodness I LOVE this makeover!!!!! You nailed it! The style of lamp is so popular and the teal totally saved the color!!! Now I need to find some of these to up-cycle!!! Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up!!!
Jaime from crafty scrappy happy