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Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

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I know that I bring home some a lot of ugly pieces of furniture, but sometimes I feel like people have too much faith in me. Let me explain further -- my Mom bought me this lamp at a garage sale:

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

One look at it and I thought, "No amount of paint in this world can make this lamp cute." 

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

I mean, you guys know I love vintage, but it's so flower-y and just... bad. 

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

I let it sit in my garage for a few months until inspiration hit.

Here's how I turned this ugly duckling into a beautiful swan:

1. I removed the hideous lamp shade. It was already cuter!

2. Then, I taped off the parts of the lamp that I didn't want to paint (like the part where the light bulb goes in).

3. I planned to distress the details of the lamp from the beginning, so I did a base color with flat black spray paint.

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

4. After the black dried, I sealed it with a spray matte sealer. I sealed the black because I only wanted the black to show through when I distressed it later on. Otherwise, you might get some of the yellow, too... and no one wants that.

5. Then, I painted on two coats of General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint. I wanted something with low sheen and a subtle color -- Persian Blue was perfection.

6. Once the milk paint dried, I lightly distressed the details of the lamp.

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp
The white still popped through in some places, but it still looked fantastic!

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp
Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

7. I sealed the entire lamp again with a spray matte sealer.

8. I added a new lamp shade (that I got at Goodwill, still in the plastic.. score!).

The after just amazes me:

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp
Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

A side by side comparison:

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

So. much. better. Right!?

More DIY lamp before and afters:

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp
Ugly Owl Lamp Redo / Bedroom Lamp Redo / DIY Chalkboard Light Fixture

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Ugly Owl Lamp Redo

Owl Lamp Redo

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I found this (ugly) gem at a garage sale:

Owl Lamp Redo

It's kind of scary-looking, but I knew spray paint could change it's life. The details of it all were just too good to pass up. He (yes, he) was staring into my soul.

Owl Lamp Redo

I cleaned him and taped it off like so:

Owl Lamp Redo

Then, I gave him several coats of Satin Lagoon from Rustoleum (the same paint I've used for my bedroom lamp and the toilet paper roll lamp). Are you sick of this color yet? Don't answer that.

Remember, the key to spray painting is thin, light coats. Don't be impatient like me or you will have drips. Luckily for this lamp, I had patience. Here he is now:

Owl Lamp Redo

Owl Lamp Redo
Owl Lamp Redo

Sooooo much better right? He's already at my booth, so hopefully he will find a good home soon!

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