The only problem is that they’re brass, unlike anything else in our house. Everything else we’ve chosen (or inherited) has had a satin nickel or wrought iron finish, and we’re in the process of replacing all the brass cabinet hardware in the house. So off we went, for materials to personalize our new brass lamps.
I came home with spray primer and Rustoleum “hammered metal” finish spray paint in dark bronze. The cap looked almost black – I was hoping for something vaguely wrought iron in finish. I also bought two new shades, for a grand total ducking under $40 — $30 for two shades, and less than $10 in paint.
First, I wrapped the end of the cord and the top “candlestick” part of the lamp in newspaper and tape to keep them the original cream.
I sprayed one coat of primer, followed by two coats of dark bronze, plus a few touch ups here and there. The dark bronze paint went on a lot less smoothly than the primer. It almost beaded up a little bit, to create the pocks of the hammered look. I almost wondered if I’d have been better off not priming first, because the white primer flecks showed through much more than the original brass would have. The paint can did say that priming wasn’t necessary. Ah well.
After a lot more coats than I expected, the finished product came out pretty well:
Then and Now
Total savings: About $140. Nice!
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