How To Refurbish Ceramic Lamps: All They Need is a Little TLC

How To Refurbish Ceramic Lamps: All They Need is a Little TLC

 
I don’t want any waste any time with my first project post of The Life Refurbished. Let’s launch right into what the content of this blog will be about: refurbishing all aspects of life. This includes, for a big part, refurbishing furniture.
 
This leads us to the lamps.
 
before
I got these lamps for free from someone I work with. It was apparent that they needed some TLC. The person I got them from even said “Imagine them with new lamp shades before you say no.” I, of course, said yes (after the imagining, of course). I immediately put them in my car and started pondering ways I could improve them.
 
The most needed change was the lamp shades. They really, really had to go. I went to WalMart and browsed their lamp aisle. These shades are similar (affiliate link.) They’re white, so they can match any decor and the shape looks a little less last century.
 
shades
Next, I pondered the color. After asking my boyfriend and my roommate, I decided that the red really wasn’t that bad. However, I noticed that it was inconsistently colored and it wasn’t a color that was easy to match with most decors. I also really like painting things (you are going to learn this). So, after several days of staring at them, I decided to repaint the lamps to a uniform navy color.
 
This lead me to two cans of spray paint and my parent’s basement. First, I taped the bulb socket and the electric cord, so no paint would get on them. I used plastic sandwich bags and plastic wrap, also.
 
pre-paint
Then I painted the lamps with primer. This allowed me to uniformly cover the red and not have that color influence the upcoming blue.
 
primer
I let them dry for about 20 minutes and then applied the blue. It only took one coat to get all the surface painted.
 
painted
However, I’ve learned this is the wrong way to do it. I would recommend putting on two or three thin coats of paint and allowing dry time in between. That way there will be no runs or unsightly lines.
 
Make sure to hold the spray can at least a foot away from whatever you are painting and don’t worry if you miss a few spots, you can always go back in and touch up once the initial coat has dried. I’m still learning this lessen; I tend to get a bit paint happy.
 
In the end, the lamps both turned out wonderfully and very much better than when I first got them. I have no room for new lamps, but gosh I really want to keep these. I’ll try selling them on Craig’s List to make a few dollars off of a project I really wanted to do.
 
finished
 What do you think of this transformation? What would you do differently?

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