Today I am sharing how to update a lamp with spray paint. I love the challenge of updating a space on a budget. Along with saving money, I enjoy finding new ways to use items that I already own. This is exactly what I did when I needed a lamp for Thomas’ modern bedroom makeover. The original lamp was nice with a chrome finish, but I really wanted a black lamp in the reading nook.
How to Update an Old Lamp with Spray Paint
This DIY is so simple and can COMPLETELY change the look of a room.
Step 1 | Prep Lamp for Paint
Find a well-ventilated area and set up the lamp on a flat surface. I chose an old cardboard box outside in my yard. Remove the lampshade and set in in a location that will not get any overspray of the paint. If you are painting the screw top, remove it and set it on the cardboard for paint.
Step 2 | Tape the Lamp
Using FrogTape, tape the cord and top of the base to protect it from paint. Creating clean paint lines will give your lamp a professional look.
Step 3 | Apply Spray Paint
I used spray paint leftover from previous projects and ended up going with a flat, black sheen. I was originally planning on using a satin finish but the spray paint was old. Flat worked perfectly and I love the finish! When painting the lamp, don’t spray too close. This will results in paint drips. You will need to spray a few coats of paint on the lamp with dry time in between. For my lamp in articular, I had to be careful to spray all of the grooves and cracks on the base of the lamp.
That’s it! For zero dollars I was able to give an existing lamp a fresh, new look for my little boys modern bedroom makeover!
Once the lamp dried, I put the lampshade back on and set it up on the side table in the reading nook.
I really like the flat finish on this lamp, it was the exact look I was going for!
If you liked this quick and easy DIY, check out how I used plaster to transform another lamp in this bedroom!
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