Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Spray Paint Makeover: Brass Floor Lamp Edition

We were at the cottage again last week – did you miss me? 

There are still some repairs and updates to be done, but most of the major projects have been tackled. We actually stayed there overnight for the first time on Friday and Saturday so that is great progress.

In addition to more plumbing repairs, this trip involved several cosmetic updates – including multiple makeovers courtesy of two cans of Rust-Oleum Universal Hammered spray paint in Brown Hammered.

I have to say, even though I was not a fan of the way that the nozzle sprayed (my hands were all speckled!) or the smell, the way that it so easily covered a variety of surfaces won me over.

We used less than two cans to transform all of the bathroom hardware (towel rail, hooks, handles), curtain rod finials and this brass-coloured floor lamp.

Lamp Before 2

It originally had a pleated lamp shade that did not make it into the before photos.

Lamp Before 1

After taping off the light socket and the power cord, we scuffed up the surface with a Scotch-Brite pad (Mr. Mechanic’s favourite way to prep just about everything for spray paint). The paint can said that no primer was necessary, but this was a quick step to make sure we got the best coverage.

Even on this!

Lamp Before Square

(As I write this I realize that I can find something very similar on my parents’ bed frame . . .)

Several coats of spray paint and a $15 drum shade from Walmart later (home decor options were limited up North!), we had a new-to-us lamp, ready for the freshly painted Living Room.

Lamp After 1


Lamp After 2


I would like to add some sort of decorative trim to the shade in the future.


Lamp After 4


Replacing the flooring in the Living Room is not in the budget this year so it will look like this for a while.

A few of you have asked for photos, so here’s a trio to show you the amazing power of paint.


Living Room Before 2 WM


Living Room Before WM


The Living Room, Kitchen and Entryway are all painted this grey. Prior to painting the final colour, everything was covered with two coats of barrier paint to block the smoke smell and stains. This room has paneling on the walls with fairly shallow grooves. Two missing pieces were replaced.


Living Room Progress WM

 Big difference, right?

If I had a camera like Mr. Mechanic Senior that could capture the whole room in one shot I would be able to show you how the Living Room looked when we left on Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, I don’t and the lighting was poor when we left on Sunday morning. I have a lot of photo editing to do before I can share the after (for now) photos! I promise I’ll share them eventually.

Thanks for coming back to visit!

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P.S. I love a quick makeover. You can find two more of my spray paint transformations here and here!

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  1. Great lamp! Great LR so far! Can't wait to see the rest. I love a good before and after!


  2. What a great change in that lamp! I'm eyeing my ugly brass one now! Thanks for posting some before and after pics too! Looks like it's all coming together!

  3. Great transformations on both counts. Looks wonderful.

  4. The lamp looks so much better!

    Also, I'm in love with that polka dot couch! :)

  5. The lamp looks so much better now! :)

  6. I love your before and after on your lamp and fabulous LR progress!!!!

    Hugs, Tanya :)

  7. Claire, I'm so glad you posted this. We have a similar lamp that I've been thinking about refinishing. Most of it is black but there is some brass that I would like to switch up and get rid of the pleated shade as well! :) I hadn't noticed the brown hammered finish paint in the store. When I used the bronzed oil finish on my one lamp project it just ended up getting a hammered look b/c of the original paint I used. What do you think of the finish? I quite like on my lamp.

    Also I'm so happy to see the painted paneling as that is one of the projects for our basement. It turned out great! Is it the same gray that was used in the kitchen? How many coats of paint did it take to cover? We don't have to cover any particular scents so will be able to use a regular primer. I'm thinking of using a cream or white to brighten it up, but want it to have a warm and cozy look, not stark. Any suggestions?!

    Thanks for sharing!! Have a great evening!

    1. Oops, forgot to include that yes, I did miss you when you were away!!!! :)


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