before & after: brass lamp redo

Start with a trip to a thrift store to buy a set of not so pretty brass lamps. Choose ones with good lines and test to see if they’re working before you buy. These babies were $7.99.

Then, wipe them down, apply 1 coat of spray primer, followed by 2-3 thin coats of glossy white spray paint!

Try not to make your husband grumpy by getting white spray paint all over the (new) garage floor. Use lots and lots of cardboard. Or if it’s not subzero temperatures where you live, do this outside.



The white drum shades were around $10 at walmart that I bought years ago.

The goes anywhere fake Ikea plant  ;)


I can see re-painting these lamps in a pretty teal or turquoise color in the future, but for now white is simple and a nice change from the usual nickle finish I always go with!

About Amanda

Amanda Robinson is the eco-chic, green living, fitness loving mom behind Natural Mommie. Since 2009, Amanda Robinson has been the source for moms to learn how to bring more balanced green beauty, eco-friendly, sustainable, organic products into their homes without being too “crunchy” or “granola”. Amanda is passionate about design, wellness and inspiring moms to make more eco-friendly and healthy choices without having to trade in their stilettos for Birkenstocks. In addition to Natural Mommie, Amanda is also the owner and designer behind Top Knot Style - a beautiful collection of handmade oversized luxury knitwear.

27 thoughts on “before & after: brass lamp redo

  1. Thanks! I’m thinking I’ll spray them turquoise in the spring..trying to incorporate more color into my life or at least into the accessories around the house.

  2. Amanda, I could have written this. So funny. I am spray paint obsessed. I recently painted a few items (a bed frame from my childhood and a candelabra from the thrift store) in my garage because we were in the middle of a snowstorm. I used LOTS of cardboard too because in the past, I got in big trouble with my husband for getting spray paint on our driveway. ALSO when I was at the store buying my third can of white paint, I bought aqua paint and chalkboard paint, just for fun… :)

    1. I’m in huge withdrawls right now because of the cold weather! I love thrifting and finding things to re-do!!

      I’ve never tried chalkboard paint..I’d like to do something with the lids to my spice jars.

    1. Thanks Kelly! My husband has trouble envisioning what the end result will look like, but I can always see it when standing at goodwill! I love doing things like this!

  3. These are fabulous! The great thing about paint is that you can change whenever you want to for very little money. There are also some wonderful spray paints that do metallic effects like “hammered” “brushed” etc.

    1. Yes! My mother-in-law did a cabinet in the hammered pewter color and it turned out really well. Durable too! Previously it was a boring old beige filing cabinet.

    1. Thanks Karen! It’s sort of in the process of being made over right now. Need to get rid of the builder beige paint…has an ugly peach tone in certain light!

    1. Haha Marcie, I don’t know about creative…more like frugal! I couldn’t justify spending $150 on lamps for every room of my house! Especially because I change my mind about the decor A LOT. I have commitment issues so this is perfect for me!

    1. Thanks! I like that they have a bit of character to them but are still so simple and will go with anything. Gotta love goodwill and a couple cans of spray paint! ;)

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