Awhile back, I shared my Pottery Barn lamp knock-off – where I took a wood thrift store lamp and gave it a fresh new look with chalk paint.
A friend of mine, had a lamp that belonged to her grandmother that she wanted to keep. But it needed a little bit of love. I painted her kitchen and bookcases this summer, so she recruited me to tackle this lamp as well. Here is where we started (sorry – I took this photo at night!).
But you get the idea – it was a deep green color, and this lamp was huge and heavy. I think it weighed as much as my girlfriend.
We were going for this style for the finished look – which I love:
I was a little nervous about how I would achieve the look I wanted, since this lamp wasn’t wood like the one that I did before. But then, I remembered the technique I used on this console table that I did for another client, and keyed off of that. I’m a bad blogger, I didn’t get good photos of the process – but let’s talk through it and look at the finished product.
I started off by using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Coco as a base coat. That gives it a solid color as a foundation for the rest of it. After the base coat was applied, I used a dry brush technique to bring some depth to the lamp. I like using a brush like this one for the dry brushing. To achieve this look, I used a combination of several different colors and products.
- I started by dry brushing with Annie Sloan’s Old Ochre. In doing this, put a little paint on your brush, tap off the excess on a paper towel, and then brush more off on a piece of cardboard. You really don’t want to use a lot of paint in this part of the process.
- Then I added a small bit of black paint using Amy Howard’s One Step Paint. It just needed a bit more depth than I was getting with the Old Ochre.
- Finally, I used Annie Sloan’s dark wax over the finished look, which really brought it all together and gave it that “wood” look that I was looking for.
Here is the finished lamp – a nice refresh, don’t you think? I love a good lamp revamp. We’re still looking for more of a barrel shade for it, but it’s so huge, we’ve had a hard time finding what we want!
Have you done any lamp revamps lately?