After breaking both of my lamps in the living room, I decided it was time to buy some new lamps. Never having gone lamp shopping before, I was quite shocked to see just how much it cost for a nice lamp, garage sale time. While searching garage sales most of the lamps were old and quite ugly, or as my mom would say "Ugly as sin". They were the type of lamps that if you cut in half would make quite a nice Gold sports trophy.
2 weeks later and tired of living by the glow of my 20" monitor, I picked up some ugly lamps at a garage sale for $5 as temporary lamps. Then a thought came to me, why not just paint them? and add a new shade. And so started this project.
Step 1: Tool's and supplies needed
- A Lamp
- 1 Can of good quality spray paint
- Some denatured (or rubbing) Alcohol (for cleaning)
- A rag
- Masking tape
- New lamp shade
Step 2: A clean lamp is a happy lamp
All that is necessary is to clean the lamp of all oils and dust. To do so you must use some kind of degreaser, an alcohol works nice for this.
I used some rubbing alcohol, but I would have rather used a denatured alcohol if I had some.
Clean the entire surface with a rag and cleaning agent, and let dry in the sun.
Step 3: Removing and masking
In this case the lamp had a switch at the base, and was very easy to remove.
Also be sure to wrap the cord with a strip of masking, so that it doesn't catch any over spray.