Transforming Lamps From New to Old

4.19.2015

What do you do when it rains for days? Apparently I either get lazy and do nothing or I paint. The last few days I have done a bit of both.
 See how this lamp just blends into the wall color? I had been wanting to create more of a worn look, than the factory finish the lamps came with, and a lighter color, too so there is no better time than the present. This was a very quick project, too since this paint dries so quickly.



First I grabbed this can of paint and painted on one coat.

Then I watered down some of this lighter gray paint and brushed it over the first coat.

This is the cool finish that was created.

I just kept painting until both lamps were completely painted.

Then I used clear wax all over and then some dark wax here and there.You can see how some areas grabbed the dark wax.



I love this finish much more than the factory finish.

They certainly don't match the wall anymore.



The lamps have swapped places with the new lamps that were here.
There has been another change in here, too and I will be sharing it tomorrow, but the lamps weren't made over until after the photos were taken for tomorrow's post so they will look like the before shot.




I hope y'all will come back tomorrow to see how ten bloggers have added some spring to our homes.

Have a super Sunday!
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50 comments:

  1. They look great Kim. Looking forward to tomorrow's posts! Have a great day.

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  2. PS, I am wondering if you painted the furniture!!??

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  3. How is your mirror anchored so that it does not slip forward?

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    1. I use this clay type stuff called Tacky.

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  4. I have those same lamps, yours look amazing painted. Great idea.

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    1. I've been looking for lamps like this...where did you get yours?

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  5. Your lamp looks great! Wonderful job on the patina, love it!

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  6. Love it!!...I was wondering how long it would take before you painted them!......now come on over and paint mine!....:)...please!!...:)

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  7. Wonderful!! Such a great finish!!
    Nancy

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  8. Love them! It looks like they have been around forever and developed a wonderful aged patina.

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  9. Your lamps turned out gorgeous, love how you aged them with the paint!!! It has been raining here a ton too, can't wait for sunny days to return : )

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  10. I also bought these lamps, for Tahoe. Great inspiration!

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  11. Boy, what a change that made,they look fantastic.

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  12. I like the finish you did much better, too, Kim! Beautiful!

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  13. I just love to visit your lovely blog, always so much inspiration!
    Have a happy sunday, take care...
    Titti

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  14. Kim, love the way you created instant patina with these lamps. Did you sand or wipe off the second lighter gray paint layer (to reveal the first darker paint color)?

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    1. No, Melissa, I did exactly what I said I did. No sanding at all. The first coat did not completely cover the base color and then the second coat was thinned with water and just a wash was painted on allowing the first coat to show. thanks

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  15. Your lamps turned out great, Kim!
    Mary Alice

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  16. Kim,

    I so enjoy reading your blog although I rarely comment. The lamp redo is very effective. I love your mirror! Do you remember the source?
    Hope you are enjoying this rainy day! Ren


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    1. Ren, yes I do because everyone asks about that mirror. I got it from Home Decorators on line and it is a different finish that what you see. I rubbed a gold paste over mine last year, but the finish it comes with is pretty, too.

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    2. Ren, yes I do because everyone asks about that mirror. I got it from Home Decorators on line and it is a different finish that what you see. I rubbed a gold paste over mine last year, but the finish it comes with is pretty, too.

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  17. I have some similar lamps, but the walls are lighter so they work well. We've had a good bit of rain, but Friday and Saturday were gorgeous! Yesterday was a bit humid, then today too and we've had some showers. But I don't mind - everything is soooo green and lush! I cannot believe how my red my japanese are this year and it must be from the rain. My day-to-day doesn't change much with the weather, but I did take a short nap today! LOL

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  18. Great transformation! This is a much more interested finish.

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  19. Man, we've had a whole lot of rain here in GA haven't we???? You sure put your time to great use. Love that new finish!

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  20. Love them, Kim! And, your bedroom looks fabulous, as always!

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  21. Loving that new look on those lamps! Great job:)

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  22. they are beautiful and unique.

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  23. WOW, WOW, WOW! These lamps look amazing! What a transformation! I'm pinning this so I can use this technique! Thanks dear friend!

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  24. I can't imagine you ever being lazy!

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  25. VERY pretty! This post is a keeper.

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  26. Thanks again Kim...just beautiful and I appreciate your "how to" details. You are generous!

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  27. Love it KIm It is so warm and cozy but elegant too. I love the floor covering Is that a rug or carpet ??

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  28. Fantastic, Kim!! They look AWESOME now.
    Love a good urn shaped lamp!
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    Bravo

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  29. The finish is wonderful! I also might have fallen in love with the frosted glass jar in your first pic.

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  30. They look awesome! Was the light grey also a chalk paint? I make lampshades and I have a woodturner make some of my bases. I'm always trying to get them to look "not new"! Thanks, Karina from Cottage Shades

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  31. Thanks for hosting, Kim, and I loved your lamp transformations..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  32. Your lamps look beautiful! Thanks for sharing the how-to.

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  33. Awesome job Kim! The lamps look amazing!!

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  34. what color gray paint did you use and how did you water down for application? Thanks!

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    1. The color is Luxe Gray and I just made it pretty runny.

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    2. Thanks! I plan on painting a pair of urn shaped ceramic lamps and this is the effect I was thinking of. They are glazed ceramic so from what I've read I need to sand first, then paint with milk paint, then paint with the water downed gray. I was wondering what type of clear and color wax you use as well. Thanks!

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    3. I used Annie Sloan that I had on hand.

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  35. I just came across this technique for refinishing lamp bases. I have a couple hideous lamps that I need to repaint and refinish, but I have to cover color first. What would you recommend as a base color/coat before applying the aged technique?

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    1. The base color of these is a tan or beige. If you want a neutral base I would do that or you could do a darker base. Up to you and the look you want.

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