It’s always fun to find other’s upcycled creations. This repurposed cupboard door definitely is fun, but also definitely not my style. I’m eager to transform this into a farmhouse oil lamp with wall art for a rustic chic look.
We’re looking at a cupboard door that has a variety of different hangers added to it, plus the rusty oil lamp. While, I’m not leery of the rusty patina, I’m not loving the dirty, grimy door with the coat of arms. haha. Nothing I can’t handle, right?
To make this easy for you to follow, I created a quick video shared down below. However, I also have it for you in step-by-step format as well. Here we go… First, I remove the lamp and inspect it for any flaws or issues that may deem it unsafe. It is perfect and ready to go, just really dirty.
Then, I remove the metal stars and eagle, as well as the hanging hardware. There were 2 sets of ways to hang this…so weird. haha. Contrary to most, I save the stars and hardware for future #trashure fun.
Next, I use a 2:1 water/vinegar ratio mix to clean the door. Lemme just say it was so DIRTY!! But, that’s okay, right? That means we are truly doing this farmhouse oil lamp justice.
Now that the cupboard door is clean, I’m ready to begin the fun part of this makeover. Using a basic antique white latex paint and my favorite Stubby Brush to give it two coats, letting cure in between.
While the two coats are curing, I take that time to clean up the lamp. Just a basic soap and water wash to freshen things up. I love the patina the lamp has, so I don’t want to alter it at all. Then, when the paint is ready, I use my grain sack stencil and a stencil brush with an acrylic paint to add my own touch. You can see how I’ve used this stencil on antique chairs, tables, and even vintage folding chairs.
Last, but not least, I apply a gray wax to create texture and dimension, highlighting all those detail in the cupboard door. Also, I do a bit of distressing with sandpaper for added texture.
Before I can call this farmhouse oil lamp complete, I put in a new lamp wick. You can see how I demonstrate that in my video. Though, do note I don’t add oil just yet.
After a quick makeover, my farmhouse oil lamp is now more suited to my home decor.
Isn’t that rusty patina fabulous? It adds even more to this whole piece and gives it character. Yes, I love it. tee hee!
Here in Ohio, I purchase oil lamps whenever I can at thrift stores and the like. Why? We do have power outages quite often due to winter. But, also in my neighborhood, we lose power even in the summer and that gets old. Here is one of two I have hung up in our home. Plus, I have oil lamps from my grandparents I use as daily decor.
Do you have any oil lamps? Even if you don’t have power outages, it’s still fun to turn off the lights and light up candles and lamps for an unplugged evening. Try it!
If you’d like to make this farmhouse oil lamp your own, you can find it available in my online shop.
In addition, do pin and share my farmhouse oil lamp makeover. I’m sure there are more awfully dirty and dingy pieces out there just needing a fresh start.