Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I’ve been in my apartment all weekend. Rightfully so, I’ve been redecorating my bedroom and have been looking for an item to be a “pop” of color. So I went on Craigslist (my favorite place for cheap used furniture). I found two very large brass lamps (brass coated, metal underneath) for $10.00. (Yes ten total). Even the cheapest places, including Ikea and Target are selling big lamps like this for $60 a pop. (eh eh, not doing it)
So here are my ugly lamp bases I found. (Yes they came with shades but I had already removed them. They were ugly)
To prepare my lamps, I taped all the cords up and bulb areas so paint would not affect it. I then wiped them down for dust and grime. This will prevent bubbling in your paint. Upon doing so, I proceeded to prime the lamps. I used Painter’s Touch White Primer.
After priming, I let it dry for about 35 minutes before adding my color. I used Painter’s Touch – Satin Aqua. I did two coats, and let 20 minutes pass in between coats.
I let the lamps dry for 45 minutes total then used Painter’s Touch Clear Gloss for my finishing touch.
And voila!! Here is the final product. I purchased new lamp shades from Target for $15 a pop. $20 dollars total cost per lamp. Saved myself $40.00