I am changing out our color scheme in our family room.  My well-loved, long term relationship with red and aqua has ended after 7 1/2 years.  Sad, but true. However, aqua still has my heart so I couldn’t abandon her completely.

We painted the walls a light gray color which really helped lighten the space.  Then I added the new painted striped curtains and now I am moving onto the lamps.  They were red and now with a few cans of spray paint I turned them into some DIY ombre lamps.


I liked the shape of the lamps and didn’t want to purchase new ones.  So I spent about $20 in spray paint. It is subtle but you can definitely tell the variances of color when you look at them.


fine grit Sandpaper

Spray primer

various shades of spray paint

turn table {optional}


1.  Lightly sand the entire lamp to give it a little tooth so the paint will stick to it.  Tape off the cord and the light socket.


2.  Lightly spray entire lamp with spray primer.  Lightly sand the primed surface to make it completely smooth.

Here is a 50 second video showing you how I created the ombre effect with 4 cans of spray paint.


I purchased some new shades at Target.  The other ones I had for over 5 years and they were looking a little skanky and needed an upgrade anyway.  They have a slight little ruffle on them.




I love how a few cans of spray paint can completely change the look of anything.


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  1. Love it! And I am actually switching my living room colors to red and aqua/turquoise!
    Mainly with just decor, but I am tempted to paint a wall aqua!

  2. Thanks so much Vanessa. I love yellow for a pop lately. It used to be red but I have seen yellow used in some classy ways and it won me over.

  3. Love, love, love…you just inspired me on a lamp that is in desperate need of some TLC! By the way…love that you actually wrote: skanky! HA!

  4. I’ve often wondered how to ‘ombre’ something, thanks for the video! Your lamp is beautiful, I will be trying this for sure.
    Debbie 🙂

  5. Are the lamps glass or porcelain? Would love to see, if you have any, pictures of your aqua/red color scheme.

  6. What a cool project. And I love the pop of yellow. I bet it looks so pretty paired with the grey in your home.

    Another amazing project!


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