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Paint Table Lamps the Easy Way

When you want to add to your own home story or maybe do a budget refresh, don’t look past what you already own. Sometimes, all it takes is a different vision and a few minor changes. Take, for instance, this dynamic duo. I’m sharing how to paint table lamps fast and easy. (giveaway alert!)

Thrifted Vintage Table Lamps Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Originally, I purchased this set a few years ago from a local thrift store. I knew our plans remodeling our living room were underway, so I grabbed these in the event I could use them there. Not only are they pretty, but they are made of metal, so they’re nice and heavy. That translates perfect for a mom with 6 very active kids. Undoubtedly, I know many of you moms know what I’m talking about.

However, they have damage to the faux finish. And, I decide that don’t need them after all because they are bigger than the space allows. Time to paint table lamps. woot!

Chipped Paint on Lamp | prodigalpieces.com

But, that doesn’t mean I can’t still have fun giving them a makeover making them new.

DIY TIME

First, I give them a good cleaning. An old toothbrush works perfect to dust those crevices. Then, I use a vinegar/water mixture to clean any grime and residue. Just mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, spritz on, and wipe clean.

Next, once they are ready, I apply a coat of paint using one of my favorite Zibra paint brushes. It’s the Round Brush that allows me to easily get into all those nooks and crannies. You can find this brush and the other 9 styles available on the Zibra site shop.

Painting Table Lamps Base | prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by Zibra (see full disclosure)

Of course, I’m using the favorite color I have throughout my home – Slate Green. You can see it in my kitchen HERE. The round shape of the brush makes a swirling motion easy to do without causing drips and runs. You can see how I’ve used their brushes in these past posts as well.

GLAZING

Then, as soon as the second coat is dry, I apply a self-made glazing using the same brush. In case you’re wondering, my glazing is simply paint thinned with a bit of water. In the past, I’ve used it dozens of time on decor, furniture, and my home (see my faux wood garage door HERE).

Adding Glaze to Painted Table Lamps by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

First, use your brush to pick up a bit of paint, brush it on, and then use a lightly damp cloth to remove excess. Work in small patches for best effect and be careful not to wipe too hard to remove your base coat. That is, unless you want to. Wet distressing is awesome too.

THE REVEAL

Here are my painted table lamps  ready for many more years of adding ambiance and texture to home decor.

Vintage Style Home Decor with Painted Table Lamps by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #homedecor #diy #farmhouse

Vintage Table Lamps Painted with Glazing by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #home #homedecor

Whatcha think? Here’s a closer look at the glazing. Don’t you love how it draws out the details?

Upclose Look at Painted Table Lamps with Glazing by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #diy #homedecor

Farmhouse Style Home Decor with Painted Lamp by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #lamps #lighting #farmhouse #home

Since, I have no room for two of them, I thought you might like to see them side-by-side. Likewise, those shades really add texture and a soothing touch too.

Vintage Painted Table Lamps Pair Refinished by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #diy #home #homedecor

Beautiful Blue/Green Painted Table Lamps for Farmhouse Home Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #table #home #homedecor

If you would like to add one or two to your home, you can find them available in my online shop.

  • Handmade Linen Ottoman by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #shopping
    Linen Ottoman ~$75

GIVEAWAY TIME

Now, Zibra and I are all about encouraging you to tackle your own DIY projects. Whether it’s crafts, furniture, remodeling, or exterior projects, they have the brush for you. In addition, we can’t wait to get these awesome brushes in your hands. You can enter to win this set of brushes for your very own.

Zibra Paint Brush Craft Kit Giveaway by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #giveaway

Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 years of age and older. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Also, be sure to check your spam!!

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In addition, pin and share how to paint table lamps. Let’s revive our home DIY style.

How to Paint Table Lamps the Easy Way by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor

Up next, more DIY fun with this huge “fineapple”. It needs taken down a notch or two.

Damaged Pineapple Wall Art Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Also, more DIY projects simple like my paint table lamps tutorial:

Take those modern box store pieces and turn them into "antiques". Save & have DIY fun! Apothecary cubby by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #storage #diy #homedecorFrom Curbside to a Beautiful Upcycled Dresser Mirror, Larissa of Prodigal Pieces shows you how to add light, depth, and interest to your entry. See the DIY details at prodigalpieces.com | #prodigalpieces #diy #interiordesign #homedecor

Comments

  1. Susie Wilcox says

    This is a great project. I never thought about painting lamp bases. Love those brushes for all different type of projects. Thanks for always hosting great giveaways.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Susie. They are fun to redo and so easy too. My pleasure.

  2. B.J. Bernal says

    I’d paint my new grandson a picture for his room!

  3. Shirley Shepherd says

    Fantastic lamp makeover! The first thing I would paint with the Zibra brushes is a couple of small antique wooden chairs.

  4. Carla Erickson says

    The lamps look amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. jennifer says

    I have so many projects I’d like to do. I’d probably start with a thrift store bench .

  6. Lori Oswald says

    I would paint a small chest I just picked up for $5 at a yard sale! Larissa, I love your idea with the watered down paint for glaze!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you. I’ve used it for decades and it works wonderfully.

  7. Cathy says

    You did a wonderful job repurposing these beautiful lamps…Love your blog and look forward to your emails.

  8. Carolyn G says

    These are AMAZING as is everything thing you do! Enjoy your blog SO much!

  9. Susan Carter says

    Beautiful! I always look forward to your weekly emails.

  10. Jennifer says

    I love redoing lamps! They give you so much satisfaction with a minimal amount of work! They’re something you can really bring new life easily.

  11. susan says

    Very pretty! Did you seal before doing the glaze? I always have trouble getting it off.

  12. Ginny says

    These lamps are beautiful! I love the color combination too! I just moved a bench into my living room that needs painting. It looks out of place but with a little paint using any one of these brushes would do the trick! Thank you this opportunity to win this generous giveaway!

  13. Elle says

    Love your recipe for glaze and how good it looks. I would paint something fancy and glaze it like you demonstrated. Love the look.

  14. Shelley S says

    Wow! I absolutely would have walked by those lamps in their before fashion. Not appealing to me at all. But your redo completely transforms them! Great job Larissa.

    I have a number of projects I’d use the brushes on. I’m trying to decide what color(s) to redo a beautiful round topped antique trunk which some misguided person painted in funky 70s bright yellow and orange. Yikes!

    • Larissa says

      tee hee! Thank you so much, Shelley. It sounds like you have some fun coming on! haha!

  15. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    Love the detail in them lamps as well as the make-over.
    I have to ask. Where did you get them lamp shades? They go so well with the lamps.

    • Larissa says

      The ornate style is fun for me – thanks! It really makes the details pop. I got the shades at a local home improvement store.

  16. Audra says

    The lamps look so much better! I’m not sure what I would paint first – we are refreshing the kid’s bathrooms, so maybe something to go in there.

    • Larissa says

      woot! Thanks, Audra. So many things to paint, so little time. 😀

  17. Brigitte Bauman says

    I would re-paint some picture frames/

  18. Michelle J. says

    I’d paint a dresser!

  19. Robin Jackson says

    Great ideas. I just picked up something from the thrift store and will use your technique.

  20. Kelly Kayfes says

    Another great make over Larissa, I and look forward to all your newsletters. You do awesome work. I too love Zibra brushes..

  21. Melva says

    Love the color and the glazed look!

  22. Jean says

    Those are stunning. Wish I had a place for them in my home.

  23. Tim says

    The first thing we will paint are our window sashes. inside and out. This is something we plan to do in the spring when the weather is more cooperative.

  24. Alison S says

    This is a fun makeover. If I won, I would paint a dresser that has been needing a makeover for a long time, but I will have to wait for it to warm up a bit more first!

  25. Lisa Viles says

    I really want to paint this cute little side table! I love the lamps!

  26. Toni says

    I love the glazing technique on the lamps.
    I would paint a little footstool I’m gettin ready to work on. I always love your creations!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you. It is a really effective method to add interest and depth. Sounds good!

  27. Deanna says

    Great refresh on the lamps! I have a thrifted lingerie dresser that I would give those Zibra brushes a whirl on! Have a good week! Are you still actively trying to sell your house?

    • Larissa says

      Sweet! Those are always nice to have. No, we took it off the market. 🙂

  28. Jane says

    Love the lamps! The paint color is one of my favs. I have an old carpenters chest I need to make over(just paint), and I think I could really use a couple of good brushes. Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you. Mine too. These will certainly do the trick. 😀

  29. Linda says

    I’d like to first paint my kitchen chairs.

  30. Cindy Brooks says

    I have an old basket that I’d like to paint.

  31. Sherry Riggs says

    Now I wished that I hadn’t gotten rid of my old brass lamps several years ago.. Love your projects!

  32. Marci McGarvey says

    Turning mine into solar lights!

  33. joann Collins says

    Those lamps are super nice. I really could use those paint brushes I have lots of projects coming up to do and they would help get the job done faster and much better also.

  34. Amanda says

    I have some lamps very similar to these that I would love each to paint. Thanks for the inspiration!

  35. Kim Banko says

    Those are beautiful Larissa! I love, love, love that colour too. 🙂

  36. a elizabeth e Minx says

    I’d repaint my outdoor flamingo. He needs a good coat of new pain

  37. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, you really freshened up these lamps and made them so pretty. The glazing really worked well on them.

  38. Terri says

    I have an old dresser in storage. I want to do something with it. My sister keeps telling me I need to yeah it. I don’t have room for it and it’s in her storage. If I can start on it, no way would she yeah it. Lol

  39. Alicia H says

    I have a pantry cabinet and my kitchen cabinets that need some color!
    I would paint them first if I won the brush set. Happy Valentine’s Day to you! xo

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