Pottery Barn Lamp Makeover (and Chalk Paint Sneak Peek)

19 Aug

I recently scored these Pottery Barn lamps for $10 on Craigslist and gave them a major makeover.

Here’s my favorite after shot:


Here’s the before photo from the original Craigslist ad:


When I got the lamps home and began my post-purchase inspection, I definitely wondered what I’d been thinking when I bought them.

The peeling, rusting finish in this pic should give you an idea of their poor condition:


I got busy scraping with my putty knife and then sanded with 150 grit sandpaper.

When I removed the lampshades, I was greeted by even more rust. So I sanded away.


After sanding and cleaning the lamps thoroughly, I taped them off with painters tape and enclosed the cord in a plastic grocery bag.

Shhhhh….I smuggled in the plastic grocery bag from a different city due to a bag ban ordinance in Austin.


I covered the top sockets with plastic wrap and painters tape.

Then I got to my favorite part: primer!

If you follow my blog, you know how much I absolutely love, love primer! It provides an immediate clean, fresh slate and also blocks rust.

After priming, I spray painted the lamp bases in Krylon High Gloss Whitewhich I had on hand.

Tip: I buy shower curtain liners at the Dollar Tree to use as drop cloths.


After letting the paint dry overnight, I went on to glaze the lamps. I have several glazes in my paint stash, and settled on Ralph Lauren’s “Tea Stain”.

To begin glazing, I poured some glaze onto a paper plate and used an inexpensive chip brush to apply it in all the nooks and crannies.

I followed the exact same glazing technique that I used here when I painted my vintage hexagon table and here when I painted my antique vanity bench.


After the final wipe-down:


Do you see how shiny the finished lamp base is?

I didn’t think it looked right with this kind of antiquing, so I grabbed  some clear coat in a satin finish from my stash.


The satin finish clear coat really toned down the glossiness of the paint, dontcha’ think?


I even added new felt bottoms to the lamps.


Ahhhh…..so clean and fresh!

I found the perfect lampshades at Target – there were only two left in this color and they were on clearance!


The lamps reside on DIY table runners and two large nightstands that I just finished painting with chalk paint.

As soon as I finish installing the new hardware, I’ll post a full tutorial, including my homemade chalk paint recipe! Shazam! The post is now up! Click here to see the step-by-step process.

I’m using the tables as a sort of “split buffet” in my dining room.

Here’s a sneak peek:


‘Til then, how ’bout one more view of the before and after of my new lamps?





I’ll keep the lights on for ya,


4 Responses to “Pottery Barn Lamp Makeover (and Chalk Paint Sneak Peek)”

  1. Gram August 23, 2014 at 8:27 am #



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