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I love a quick makeover that involves spray paint.  Like Sarah, I am not afraid to take a worn out old lamp and make it fabulous with a little spray paint.  Sarah tackled a worn out thrifted lamp with some white and gold paint and made it look modern and chic. 

Hi Infarrantly Creative friends! It’s Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs and I’m back to share a simple update that you can make to any dated lamp. I picked up an old lamp for only .97 at my local Goodwill. It needed to be re-wired, but such a great find for the price! Thrifting has definitely been my favorite part about moving to Ohio!

gold ombre lamp

This project is inexpensive, quick and can be done with only a few supplies.


microfiber cloth
spray paint

I started with this wood and brass lamp. The finish was worn, so painting was a quick and easy option to update it.

spray painted lamp

I lightly sanded to remove the shiny surface and then wiped off the dust with a micro fiber cloth. If you’re keeping the wiring, make sure to tape it with a plastic bag and painter’s tape. Mine needed to be re-wired, so I skipped this step.

spray painting a lamp

I used Zinsser Cover Stain primer to prevent any of the stain from showing through. It also helps make it more durable.

gold painted lamp

I then used glossy white spray paint all over. It took two coats for even coverage.

spray painted lamp

Now for the gold ombre effect! I used Montana Gold – Goldchrome available at Blick Art Supplies. It’s an artistic spray paint formulated to adhere to almost any surface.

gold spray painted lamp

I started by spraying the bottom section holding the can parallel with the lamp. After letting it dry, I held the can at a 45, angled up, spraying from the bottom. I lightly sprayed the middle section, fading it into the white.

gold ombre lamp

and that’s it!

I paired it with a white lampshade to blend into the top of the lamp.

white and gold painted lamp


spray painting lamps


ombre lamp


gold and white ombre lamp

This project only took a few hours (with drying time) and a few dollars. Aren’t those always the best projects!?

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cooper tube lamp

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