Tuesday, March 13, 2012

How To Get A High End Look For Less - Table Lamps

I decided to repost this post from a ways back because I keep seeing the lamps show up on Pinterest, so someone must be interested! I loved this project and still adore the finished lamps, so here it is again and considering giving a similar project a try yourself!

Finding a great pair of new lamps for the Master Bedroom Redesign was a necessity, as I recently broke one that was in the room. I searched high and low, looking for a gourd lamp at a bargain basement price. The best option I found was the below lamp at Overstock.com. But at $125 each and reviews disclosing the shade has a red damask lining, not the look I'm going for, the cost of replacing the shades would have to be added to the total. I've gotten spoiled by HomeGoods and have come to believe a decent lamp can be had for $39.00!


So off to HomeGoods I went...and just look at what I found for the target price of $39.00 each! Kind of ugly, right? Cobalt blue is not a color to be included in the bedroom color palette. But the shape was right, so I decided they were worth the effort it would take to change their color to exactly what I wanted.


Back home, the socket and cord were taped and wrapped with plastic to protect them from getting covered with paint, while the black base was left exposed. I decided to streamline the look of the lamps and paint both the lamp body and base the same color and finish.



Next the lamps were sprayed with Rust-Oleum's White Primer. Two coats were applied to make certain the blue was completely covered.


The following day the lamps were sprayed with two coats of Rust-Oluem's Heirloom White.


Between the coats of primer and paint the surfaces were lightly sanded with 220 grit sandpaper, removing a few random little bubbles created by the spraying process. The lamps were also wiped down with a cotton rag between coats.


The last step was to spray the lamps with Rust-Oluem's Clear Protective Finish in Gloss.


Oh my...seriously. I love the result!!


The gloss finish (which still looks just like these photos) give the lamps a high end look.



And in the bedroom: 


(Though a bit later I did cover the shades with a favorite fabric for a tutorial for HGTV.com, see here.)

So, next time you want a high end look on lamps for less...give this a try!

78 comments :

  1. So glad you reposted - I missed it the first go around! Great job... Thanks for sharing and have a great day! Jalon

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  2. Thanks for sharing this again! I was about to start a project like this with an ugly vase so this is perfect timing!

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  3. They are gorgeous! And this was so helpful for me! I have lamps I painted red...they are fab but just don't go with my house. These tips are perfect for them. I actually already bought the same white spray. But that gloss! They look so great.

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  4. Love it! It's such a simple solution with gorgeous results!
    ~ Kim @ Sand & Sisal

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  5. These lamps are great! I've been searching for a pair to update with spray paint, but haven't been as lucky...yet!

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  6. Your table lamps turned out super gorgeous!

    I love this post! I have a table lamp that I wasn't so crazy about (it was gifted) so I was looking for a good tutorial to repaint the base.

    Thanks for this wonderful tutorial, Janell. I just saved the link for my future DIY project!

    Have a good day!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  7. Oh wow! I can not believe how great these look. Fabulous.

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  8. Nice! I love the gloss finish....looks store bought! I had a similar Lamp redo....may consider getting that gloss!
    Check it out...

    http://www.businessblueprintsbrides.com/2012/02/diy-friday-lamp-beautification-project.html

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  9. So impressive! Looks amazing! Great DIY! Thank you! You inspired me to use faux ostrich and I love it!!! Always love your projects!

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  10. I love these! Had saved the image from the original posting and recently attempted something similar. I used a different primer, then a Rustoleum color and Rustoleum clear gloss on top. Even after a few light coats, mine wasn't nearly as glossy as yours. Any guess as to why?

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  11. You are right- these give off the high end vibe! What a great find- and at Home Goods, nonetheless. Great job Janell!

    XO,

    Sam
    www.ThePeakofTresChic.com

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  12. Those are amazing! I just did the same thing-- although mine aren't as terrific as yours, I feel pretty great with how it turned out!

    Whitney @ http://whitneybrock.blogspot.com/

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  13. The Lunds, perhaps it was due to applying several light coats? I applied one thicker one, making sure to work around the lamp to avoid drips, but to get a saturated application to maximize gloss. That is my best guess. Janell

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  14. Wow! Great work!! Love the final product. Very chic.

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  15. Great look - I painted some lamps for my family room the same way, but did not do the gloss. I may have to do that because yours look spectacular!

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  16. These are beautiful! Home Goods, boy, I couldn't do what I do without them!
    Enjoy your day!
    Powellbrower.com

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  17. Wow - the glossy finish is amazing! You'd never guess the lamp bases were spray painted. I'm adding Rust-Oleum Clear Protective Finish to my list of "must buy" DIY supplies!

    Kelly

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  18. I never would have believed that you didn't buy those lamps the way they look now if I hadn't seen the orignal cobalt color. They look fabulous! I'm a huge Home Goods fan as well. I could spend hours in there.

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  19. Good re-post! I've also seen some cute lamps at JCP, who knew! :)

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  20. Love some Home Goods Lamps and a can of spray paint!

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  21. Yes I know what you mean... they are pinned from my site over and over again! I wish I could correct that for you! But I get a lot of comments and always direct them back to your site! Thank you again for sharing these on my site! Still think they look amazing!

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  22. WOW!! that is some transformation, Janell!! fantastic job..xx meenal

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  23. These are simply wonderful. Thanks for posting this and showing how easy it is to find a bargain and change it to what you want.

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  24. Those look awesome! Can't even believe they are the same lamps!

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  25. These look fabulous! The gloss coat makes all the difference, doesn't it?!! Great job Janell! Rosa

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  26. Great job! They look just like your high-end version!

    Jenna

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  27. Hi Janell...I remember this post! I loved your re-painted lamps so much...imagine my joy when I found a pair of Robert Abbey white gourd lamps at my favorite consignment shop!

    http://elegantnest.blogspot.com/2011/11/gourds-galore.html

    Thanks again for the inspiration!
    Have a great day ~ Laura

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  28. Love seeing this post again! It was a great one!

    That is the bummer about pinterest! When I see something pinned and I know who did it I try to comment the correct link and or individual that it originated from.

    Love your work!

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  29. Looks wonderful! I have been struggling with a lamp makeover, crackling and the sort. I'm going to try again, sanding, wiping down with cotton cloth... AND the Heirloom White (my white was SO white) and the protective finish. Thanks for posting this. =)

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  30. How amazing! Heirloom White is one I always keep in my stock pile!

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  31. Glad you reposted. I don't' remember seeing this post but this could be applied to vases, and other objects as well. Glad to know this method!

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  32. Yes, Homegoods has spoiled me on lamps too. Yours turned out great!

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  33. Wow Janell,
    What an terrific transformation. I love the new look of your lamps and they definitely look high-end. I'm going to share your turtorial on my facebook page!

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  34. Thanks for a great idea. I especially love the clear coat. For some reason, I have a hard time paying a lot of money for lamps and so I've been living with a not so great pair in my bedroom. I never considered finding cheaper ones and painting them.

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  35. I might have to follow suit once we get our new bed, I think I might need new lamps and mirrors in my room. Thanks for the How-To!! Kathysue

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  36. Can I ask how many coats of the clear gloss you put on? Was the white a flat or gloss finish? I am currently redoing a lamp and using the clear gloss, and after three coats it is still not shiny like that.

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  37. How have I not found your blog before??? I had the same problem and found some AWESOME shaped WORKING lamps at goodwill but they were the UGLIEST puke green. This is the perfect solution!

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  38. Looks fantastic!! I need to start a search for lamps for my master bedroom. A trip to homegoods is in my future! :)

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