Do you have an ugly brass lamp?
I do. It’s not a bad lamp, it’s just a little too brassy to suit me. I like floor lamps, I do not like this ugly brass lamp, nor do I like this shade! Notice the brown trim, and brown blinds! I painted the living room trim, and I got new flooring!
While I was working on the fireplace makeover it got above 50 degrees for one afternoon. I took the lamp ugly brass lamp outside to give it a light sanding and spray it with some primer.
I covered the socket with a sandwich baggie, using tape to hold it in place. It's very important to keep the spray paint out of the electrical parts.
It allowed me to spray all around it without damaging it.
It was about 2 weeks later when the weather warmed up enough to spray paint the color on the lamp. I think leaving the primer on the ugly brass lamp for so long made a big difference in how well the paint adhered.
(update 2019 and I'm sad to say I still have this lamp, but happy to say that the paint has held up perfectly)
I used Rustoleum Heirloom White. (Look how pretty all that white trim looks!)
I’m not thrilled with the shade, I still have the plastic on it for 2 reasons. I may return it to the store, and if I decide to keep it, I want to keep it clean until I finish all the building.
What do you think about the shade? Is it a keeper? You know I know nothing about decorating.
I find myself looking for ugly brass things at the Peddler’s Mall so I can give them new life. It’s amazing what a little paint will do. My ceiling fan has brass details too. I know all the decor shows take ceiling fans down, but I find them too useful! I refuse to give in to fashion and give up comfort and practicality. 🙂
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.