Easy and Inexpensive Lamp Makeover

Hello and happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Our Mediterranean cruise is ending today and we’ll be flying back home this afternoon, which means it’s back to business tomorrow. Boo! I love to travel but the first few days back home are always the worst. No pity party for me though because we are so lucky that we were able to take this trip of a lifetime and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Let’s get right back into DIY mode with an easy and inexpensive lamp makeover I did on my green lamp. We used it in the blue guest room in our house in Illinois and I loved how it looked with the turquoise painted walls, but I was ready for a change.

An easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint and water and vinegar to give it an aged, golden mercury glass look.I bought the lamp at HomeGoods a few years ago and picked it out because of the color, but it just didn’t fit into the style that I was going for in the guest bedroom in the new house.

An easy lamp makeover using spray paint and water and vinegar to give it an aged, golden mercury glass look.I was going for a lighter look in this room with blues and whites and I wanted the lamp to be an accessory, not the center of attention. I considered buying a new one but ceramic lamps are pricey and I really liked the shape, so I decided to give it a little makeover.

An easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint and water and vinegar to give it an aged mercury glass look.

I thought about going white but I wanted it to be a little different so I went for an aged mercury glass look, with a gold tone. I’ve done it the mercury glass look before, when I made a mason jar lamp for my new kitchen in our Illinois house, so I knew that I loved the look. What I didn’t know, though, was how well I would be able to cover the shiny green surface of the lamp.

There was only one way to find out…I just had to go for it.

Supplies

  • lamp
  • Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint
  • Rustoleum Gold Metallic spray paint
  • Rustoleum Dark Copper Metallic spray paint
  • water and vinegar solution in spray bottle (1 part water to 1 part vinegar)
  • damp towel (to blot water/vinegar solution)
  • painter’s  tape

Love this easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint and water and vinegar to give it an aged mercury glass look.

With the lamp cleaned up with a damp towel and the cord and socket all taped up with painter’s tape, I started my lamp makeover by spraying a light coat of Rustoleum gold metallic spray paint on the lamp. The paint dried very quickly so, after a few minutes, I added 2 more light coats until the green disappeared.

Love this easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint to give it an aged mercury glass look.

Next, I tried out the Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint and the water and vinegar solution. First, I lightly spritzed some of the water and vinegar solution on the lamp, you want it to bead up and not run down the lamp.

Love this easy DIY lamp makeover using spray paint to give it an aged mercury glass look.Then I sprayed a light coat of the Mirror Effect spray paint right over the water and vinegar solution. I let the paint set up for about 30 seconds and used the damp paper towel to dab off the water drops.

Once I dabbed all of water off, I lightly (very lightly) sprayed a little bit of the Rustoleum Dark Copper Metallic spray paint, just to add a hint of color and texture. See how the water and vinegar solution gives it the aged look?

Wow! Love this easy DIY lamp makeover using spray paint to give it an aged mercury glass look.

After it was dry, I added a burlap shade and put it back in the room. I’ve been adding a lot of gold touches around the house and I wanted to have some in this room, so that’s why I went with the gold metallic paint. I could add more Mirror Effect spray if I wanted more of a silver look, but I really love the aged gold tone.

Wow! Love this easy DIY lamp makeover using spray paint to give it a whole new look. So I guess I would call this look “aged mercury glass with a gold tone”.

An easy DIY lamp makeover using spray paint to give it a whole new look.Sometimes you never know with these kinds of experiments, but I love how it turned out. I think it adds a bit of warmth to this corner of the room.

An easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint to give it a whole new look.An inexpensive DIY ceramic lamp makeover using spray paint to give it a whole new look.Have you ever changed the look of a lamp using paint?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a great week, my friends!


Speaking of paint…I painted a couple of mason jars with chalk paint and made little planters out of them for my kitchen window.

An easy DIY project painting mason jars with chalk paint and turning them into planters for your kitchen window.

Chalk Paint Mason Jar Planters

One of my favorite projects was the mason jar lamp that I made for my newly remodeled kitchen.

Turning an old mason jar into a beautiful lamp with an aged mercury glass look.

Mason Jar Lamp 

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  1. Monday,October 17, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Great job. Like the mason jar planters. I have two vintage lamps I want to redo sfter I settle into my new house. Did I tell you I foun a home? So excited. I can’t wait to hear about your fabulous trip.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 19, 2016 / 12:02 am

      Thanks Debbie. You did tell me about your new home and I’m so excited for you!!!

  2. Monday,October 17, 2016 / 10:22 am

    I love it! I’ll have to try that sometime. Yes, I’ve spray-painted lamps, but haven’t done this. It looks great.
    Brenda

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 19, 2016 / 12:03 am

      Thanks Brenda. I wasn’t too sure about it when I started but I love how it turned out. I guess you just never know. 😉

  3. Monday,October 17, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Very pretty makeover! I love the finish. I forget how transformative spray paint can be. Thanks for the reminder Hope your trip was fabulous!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 19, 2016 / 12:05 am

      Thanks Kim. Paint is a wonderful tool for projects like this, isn’t it? I’m glad that I went for it. 😉

      Our trip was fabulous but getting back to real life…not so fabulous.

  4. Linda
    Monday,October 17, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Just stunning and exactly what I’m looking for! Am pinning this to copy and going to dig around in my stashes in the shed to see if I can find a lamp to do that to! Perfect.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 19, 2016 / 2:11 pm

      Thanks Linda! I’m really thrilled with the way it turned out. Hope you can find a lamp to experiment with too.

  5. Monday,October 17, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    Looks beautiful and love that the bed is against the window! Fabulous!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 19, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      Thanks Vel! I didn’t have a lot of choices when it came to bed placement but I love that there is a view.

  6. Brenda, Florida
    Monday,October 17, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    OH, that’s beautiful! Everything is coming together nicely. Glad you had a great trip, but I know it will be nice to get home.

    Brenda, Florida

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 19, 2016 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks Brenda. Slowly but surely it’s all coming together. 🙂

  7. Margaret
    Wednesday,October 19, 2016 / 7:43 am

    How many lamps have I thrown away . . . what a great idea!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 19, 2016 / 2:10 pm

      Thanks Margaret!!!

  8. Friday,October 21, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Love your lamp makeover! Lamps are so expensive – great way to save money.

    • Kristi
      Friday,October 21, 2016 / 10:23 pm

      Thanks Melanie. You’re so right, lamps can be really expensive. I’m glad this makeover worked out and I didn’t have to buy a new one.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,November 1, 2016 / 8:34 pm

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  9. Tuesday,November 1, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    I love the lamp’s new look. I plan on spraying my lamps and have the supplies. Just haven’t gotten to it.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,November 1, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      I’m really happy with the way it turned out. Would love to hear about your lamps when you get them done.

  10. Jeanne
    Tuesday,November 1, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    Love the lamps-I need to try that technique!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,November 5, 2016 / 2:25 am

      Thanks Jeanne! Such an easy technique and I love the way they turned out.

  11. Friday,November 4, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    That turned out beautifully Kristi! I love the Mercury Glass look but have not tried to achieve it with paint… yet 😉 So pretty <3 Thanks so much for linking this up to the Inspiration Galore Project Party.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,November 5, 2016 / 3:06 am

      Thanks Lisa. I’m actually hooked on the mercury glass look and have done similar techniques to several other pieces. It’s turning into a problem. 😉

  12. Monday,November 7, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Monday. I wanted to let you know that you are one my Favorite features this week.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,November 10, 2016 / 3:12 am

      Wow, thanks so much! 🙂

  13. Rose
    Friday,February 3, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    I can’t always get to your posts right away but I save them for when I have a minute. I loved this make over. I have a couple of brass (rusty) lamps from the 50’s or earlier. They were my parents and I am sentimentally attached to them. I haven’t decided yet if I want to tackle this project. I feel I need to rewire them too. Right now they are a project on my list and clutter.

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