Before & After: Transforming Lamps with Spraypaint

We love a good DIY. Anne from The City Sage found this pair of 1960s lamps at her local Goodwill. She loved the shape and recognized that all they needed was a little love, and the transforming power of spray paint.

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Advice from Anne:
When hunting for thrift lamps, look for one with a great shape; don’t worry about the finish as paint will cover any surface flaws. I chose flat white spray paint to mimic the look of white ceramic, and I buffed with extra fine sandpaper between coats. I was lucky to find lamps with shades that were easy to recover using fabric and spray adhesive. If your shade can’t be salvaged, you can buy a new one or make your own for a reasonable price.


For her project, Anne used a natural linen, but she recommends using a linen blend because the 100% cotton linen wrinkles easily, a linen polyester blend would be much easier to work with. Also Anne did two coats of primer on the lamp base, and also sanded between coats of matte white paint using automobile sand paper to get a super smooth finish.

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The final result. Wow! What a great job Thanks City Sage!

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