Wednesday, May 16, 2012

painted bedroom lamps

A few weeks ago I found these two lamps at a home consignment store.  I loved the shape, but the black wasn't right for my bedroom.

So I painted them.

Because one night table is about two inches shorter than the other, the Mister's lamp sits on a tray to even  out the heights.

I am about 95% happy with how these lamps turned out.  I don't like the lampshade, but they will be replaced eventually.  What did not turn out as I had hoped, however, was the glossy finish.

I started with priming the lamps.  I used Zinsser 1-2-3 spray primer, which worked fabulously.  I liked it much better than the Killz primer, which I find very bubbly.  Then I painted about four coats of Rustoleum "no name" green.  (There is no color name on the bottle.)  Then I tried three coats of Krylon Clear Gloss.  That was total crap.  It did not make the surface glossy in the least.

I remembered that Janelle at Isabelle and Max Rooms had made over some lamps with a glossy finish, so I went to four stores to find the Rustoleum 2X Gloss Clear that she had used.  I lightly sanded the lamps again, tried three coats of the Rustoleum Clear, and yet again, no glossy finish.  Since we were without lamps in the bedroom for at least ten days at that point, I gave up.  The lamps are sorta shiny but hardly have a glossy finish.

Regardless, I am pretty happy with the color.  Perhaps finding a fabulous new lampshade will take my mind off the lack of gloss.

That's one more thing off my bedroom list.

White upholstered headboard
White night stands
Pictures over night stands
Small mirror over night stands
Paint gourd lamps
New lamp shades
Patterned pillow shams
Art or mirror over dresser
Larger lamp for dresser
Art next to window
Pictures in hallway
New bedskirt


  1. love them!  the color and shape are fabulous in your room!

  2. trappedinnorthjerseyMay 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    thank you!  I am in love with the color.

  3. They look great, but I wonder why the gloss didn't work.  I read that post that Janell wrote and her lamps were ridiculously glossy.    

  4. trappedinnorthjerseyMay 16, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    I have no idea! She only used one coat, too.  Waah. :-(

  5. OOOhhh--great color and I like the matte finish--guess everyone has her preferences!

  6. trappedinnorthjerseyMay 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    thank you!  I don't hate the matte finish, I just would have preferred a gloss.  

  7. I think over at LGN Jenny talked about using some rub on poly gloss? I don't remember the name but she mentions it in posts about painting lamps and making them glossy

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