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I know that painting brass lamps (and these aren’t solid brass, lick here to see and updated post) isn’t a new idea but I have been looking all over craigslist for some nice shaped lamps to paint. So when I found these 7 brass lamps for $30, that’s a little over $4 a lamp, I was thrilled. (Click here to see another one of my painted lamp projects which was featured on Better After)
My friends just shook their heads because they couldn’t understand why I would want 7 disheveled lamps that weren’t working right. What they didn’t know is that I like changing out lamps around the house like other people change shoes. And I was itching to try out some bold colors.
Although I’m starting to love brass again and I see it is sneaking it’s way back into fashion and decor, these lamps were rusted and had mismatched gold finishes.
Now if they would have looked like this great below pair of Curtis Jere mid-century brass lamps, I would have definitely kept them the way they are. At $3700 I can only say “keep dreaming”!
At least I had 3 matching pairs of lamps in my pile.
I had to buy some parts at Home Depot for $25 which included 2 Make-A-Lamp kits with harps and 2 packs of switch knob sockets. If you look at the picture, you can see that there were 4 lamps with the old 2 bulb style and a pull switch and I didn’t want that. I only wanted one light bulb on each lamp.
I was actually amazed how easy it is to change out the wiring and bulb sockets. And for some of the lamps I was able to re-use the old bulb sockets.
All I had to do is unscrew all the sockets and expose the wires. For the 2 bulb lamps I had to unscrew everything and disconnect the wires that led to the single wire threaded through the lamp base. Because of the previous connection it has a split end. You have to feel for the one split end/wire that is ribbed. The ribbed wire should be connected to the silver screw, and the other wire should be connected to the brass screw. If you use new lamp sockets, make sure that the instructions aren’t different then what I just wrote.
I cleaned the lamps really good with TSP cleaner and a tack cloth. They are a must for most painting jobs and if you have read any of my other posts then you know I use them for every project.
And of course you have to tape all the wire, bulb sockets and any other area that you don’t want to spray paint.
Then it was priming time!
|And NO, I didn’t spray them in the house.|
I decided on a couple of colors for the lamps: bright yellow for the one matching pair, tangerine for the other matching pair, dark grey and the good old glossy white for the last remaining pair. I like taking them out for my “white Christmas” which is always my favorite.
So I primed the grey lamps with grey Valspar spray primer and the rest of the lamps with white Valspar primer as you can see in the above photo.
The funnest part is playing around with were to put them now that they are done.
My favorite is by far the tangerine pair of lamps. I was lucky to have a pair of off-white shades with silver lining for $6 each from Ross. (When I find great lamp shades I just have to get them and hoard them in my attic).
|The lamp color is Hacienda Tile by Valspar.|
The shade on the yellow lamps are from target at $15 each. And I made the fun squirrel and bird pillow out of an Ikea fabric.
|The pair of yellow lamps.|
|The grey lamp.|
I think you get my point! It’s fun to have different colored lamps and play around with them.
The white ones are in my attic! Maybe I’ll just have to spray them another fun color! Pink or Coral?
(POST UPDATE: you can see here that they are not solid brass lamps and that I actually like brass)
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