Well, my oldest boy wants to change his room from Star Wars to Super Mario for a theme. Which is good because the younger one wants a Star Wars room, which means the R2 lamp can live on, but he has really come to love his lamp for reading books in bed. Soooooo we came up with a cool replacement.
Step 1: My Favorite Lamp
So first things first, you gotta upack it and plan your attack. I'll have to let you know I'm king of cutting corners. With 3 small boys, I shoot for making it look good first and cross my fingers with the lasting part cause these kids can destroy some stuff.
In looking at the lamp I opted to paint the arm green and the shade red. I decided I would use regular craft paint and a brush to put on the white dots and lips. I did not do a clear coat, but my guess is that would make it last longer. I didn't wanna bother to do a test shoot to see if my craft paint could hold up to the clear...I had a very excited 7 year old waiting on this!
I ended up using the cheap spray stuff from Lowes, nothing fancy. With the way the joints work on the lamp, I am expecting a lot it to chip off, so I'm not too concerned with getting it mirror smooth.