Painting A Lamp

Do you have a lamp base that you like but it doesn’t match your decor?  Have you ever thought about painting a lamp?

painted lamp

A while ago I decided to buy some new lamps for my bedroom, I found lamps that I loved right off the bat from jcpenny when I got them they were even prettier in person then they were online. Immediately I decided I wanted the same lamp for my living room, so I jumped back onto to order a third lamp, you can imagine my disappointment when they were sold out of them.  I kept checking every day for a week and just kept getting the message that they were sold out.  So I gave up and started looking elsewhere for a base that I liked as much.

Here’s are the lamps I got from jcpenny (the base is a little more blue in person)



I found a set of two lamps online,  I believe they were on sale for $24.00 for both lamps including shipping.  The bases were black and the shades where not the right style but for the price I figured I could paint the base and use a different shade, so I ordered this set.  A couple of days later on a whim I went back to jcpenny and to my surprise the lamp I loved so much had ONE in stock so I quickly bought it!!

I had no idea what I was going to to do with the other two lamps I had bought online a few days earlier.  They arrived before the jcpenny one got here so I decided to paint the base of one of the lamps and use a large drum shade I bought previously for another project that got scrapped.  After painting the base I loved the new lamp.  When the jcpenny lamp arrived it took it’s rightful place in the living room and the lamp that was painted got moved to the office.

Tape (if you like to tape things off I’m lazy and don’t normally tape things off)
paint brush

I literally just painted the base with some paint I had in my basement.




Here are the two lamps in my office.  This is the unpainted base and original shade.



This is after painting one of the bases and using the drum shade:

Painted Lamp base


So before you go throwing out a lamp or passing one up because it’s not the right color, give painting the lamp a try, you may find it will work in your room after all!



8 comments for “Painting A Lamp

  1. August 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    First, you got one stellar deal on those lamps. And, you made the most of them as well. Thank goodness you had the foresight to paint them. It’s like they matured from their awkward teen years to stunning adulthood with the application of the black paint. What a difference paint can make!

    • Dria
      August 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      😉 Thank you so much Amy!

  2. August 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Great makeover Dria! I loved the lamp before as well, its a great shape.

    • Dria
      August 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Thank you so much Sammi!

  3. August 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Very cool, Dria! It’s amazing how a little paint can change the whole look! Love them~~Angela

    • Dria
      August 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      🙂 Thank you Angie!

  4. August 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Dria,

    These look great! Good job!


    • Dria
      August 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      🙂 Thank you Becky!

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