DIY Brass Floor Lamp Makeover

I found the brass lamp below online for $4! I loved the style and shape, so I knew that I could refinish the piece into something more current. 


I immediately thought antique brass or gold, but finding the perfect spray paint proved to be difficult. I didn't see any colours that looked right and I was not able to find any Pinterest tutorials that I liked for antique brass or gold. I had the Design Master spray paint in antique gold leftover from another project, so I decided to try it on the lamp. The coverage was great (no primer needed) and I liked the look (or so I thought). I had read great things about Rub'n Buff and had picked up a tube on a previous trip to the US (it does not seem to be available in Canada, but you can find at Michaels in the states for under $5). I first tried the Rub'n Buff alone on the shiny brass, but it didn't show at all so after spraying the lamp with the antique gold spray paint, I applied the Rub'n Buff with a cloth for a more aged look. I loved it! (or again, so I thought). It gave the lamp more interest and a slightly tarnished look.










I ended up with the look below. I thought I loved it and was super happy with my DIY project.....until I moved the lamp into our space and suddenly the finish looked hideous! Compared to the other metallic accents in our condo, this one looked slightly orange. The look just wasn't right and I knew that I probably wouldn't keep it. So back to square one it was........

I realized a black finish was probably going to be the best option. After some research, I decided to try RUST-OLEUM Universal Metallic Spray Paint in oil rubbed bronze. The hope was to keep a 'metallic finish' and hopefully achieve a similar look to other store-bought pharmacy style lamps that are available in oil rubbed bronze.

You can see the final result below! For a 4$ lamp, I am happy with how it turned out. The RUST-OLEUM spray paint covered the gold perfectly and the black finish is great, definitely the right choice.

My neighbour (who is in the process of re-decorating her home) also painted all her outdated brass lamps using the same RUST-OLEUM oil rubbed bronze spray paint and her lamps look wonderful! She also used Annie Sloan chalk paint and the dark wax on a shiny brass floor lamp to give the piece a more rustic, 'wood' like finish which turned out great! So the takeaway message from this blog post: you can give dated brass lamps a new life with a simple DIY project! Consider metallic spray paint or chalk paint.

Have a great weekend everyone!

DIY, LightingKelly Boyd