Perfectly Imperfect, Vintage

Friday, September 9, 2016

Yes, you can Paint a Brass Lamp

It's all about the "prep" and the "paint." 
I picked this lamp up at a yard sale and paid $7.00 for it.  I purchased it because I liked the height and I love the curves,

The lamp is 29" tall from base to the top of the finial.
8" total width from arm to arm.
Weighs 6 pounds - this is a solid sturdy lamp.

If you've recently purchased any lamp, they are not as heavy. Very cheaply made. 

Step 1 - Clean with soap and water.
Step 2 - Sand - not heavy sanding just enough scratching to give the new paint something to grab onto.
Step 3 - Wash off again.
Step 4 - Remove or tape off any parts that should not be painted. Like the electrical cord.
Step 5 - Paint - I used spray paint and I paint outside in the sun. I used cardboard so I can easily move the item I am painting.
I use Rust-oleum or Krylon spray paint. Most of the newer colors already have primer included. But if not - then buy a can of primer. One coat of primer. Let dry.
Step 6 - Spray light even coats and you will never have drips or streaks.
Step 7 - After each coat, I let the item bake in the sun for at least 1 hour.
Step 8 - Let dry inside for at least 24 hours before removing the tape.

I have even baked items in my kitchen oven - and that's the key for a solid finish.
150 degrees F is more than hot enough for at least 1 hour. 

I have found that placing the item on the cardboard on brick or cement heats from both sides rather than putting in on my lawn or table. 

Here's the after.


I used Krylon Black Satin

All that's needed is a lampshade! 


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