Recently, we wrote about how we saved a bundle of cash on some bedside lampshades.
We dyed the fabric lampshades to a colour that will suit our bedroom’s colour theme, a purple, turquoise and black theme.
Using Dylon’s Intense Violet, we managed to get a purple on the lampshades that tied it fairly well with the purple we already had going on.
It’s always a bit of a gamble with fabric dyes, as to how well they will saturate, and exactly what shade they will end up. While the colour was not as vibrant as we’d hoped, it still came up nicely.
So at the end of that post, we were thinking of giving these lamps a bit more panache; changing the colour of the lampshades was a good start, but the whole lamp needed something more to make them completely ours. Changing the colour of the base was the order of the day.
The base has a hammered effect which is not unpleasing, but the chrome finish was not our style.
We had some Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze left over from a previous project, which we sourced from Bunnings.
Oil Rubbed Bronze seems to be an increasingly popular colour for tapware (and we’d know, ‘coz that’s the colour of our tapware, so of course everyone wants it), and seems to have taken over the matte black option.
So if you’re thinking of painting your lamp base, you’ll want to try and loosen the bulb frame from the base, just so you can lift it out a little so that the bulb frame doesn’t get sprayed. Of course, in some lamps this won’t matter, as the lampshade will cover it anyway.
As it turns out, we could only loosen one – the screw thread had been glued in the other (so we have no idea which one was manufactured properly), so we couldn’t undo it. The lampshade covers it, so it’s not a big deal.
First, I cleaned the base with methylated spirits. It cleans well and dries instantly.
Then, in our carefully prepared and professional spray booth set-up, we got ready to get to business.
And it started to rain. Seriously?!
So we moved our ‘spray booth’ under the house , gave the base a quick wipe, and started spraying.
Totally Unrelated Note: If your project gets wet, make sure it is completely dry before spraying. The paint will not adhere to water. Don’t ask how we know this. We just do . . .
I gave both bases two good coats. The paint was easy to apply and settled flawlessly. It’s a really nice colour, too. Not quite black (which may have dulled the hammered effect), but not quite brown. Close-up, it’s a pretty kind of speckly look.
And the before and after: a huge difference. We are very satisfied with this transformation from something mundanely store-bought to something a bit more personalised.
What do you think? Did you like the lamp better before, or after?