I have been dying to buy new lamps for my bedroom for a while now, and I have been wanting these lamps from Target.
But at $34 a piece I knew I could do better! I came across a tutorial by Crystal, over at The Weathered Fox, where she took some brass thrift store candlesticks and gave them a washed wood finish! As soon as I saw it, I just knew I could use this to makeover some of my existing lamps.
Here is what my lamps looked like before I transformed them.
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Bright green, shiny, not coastal or farmhouse. They just had to go!
Here is what I used:
-Blue Painter’s Tape
-Plastic Grocery Bag
The first thing I did was tape over the light socket with painter’s tape, then I gathered the cord up and stuffed it into the grocery bag. I tied off the ends then, for good measure, I taped it off with painter’s tape.
Next I sprayed a couple light coats of the white spray paint on the lamp until I had full coverage, then I let it dry for a full 24 hours.
Next I added the antique wax. I lightly brushed it on with one of my chip brushes. This is what it looked like after I finished the antique wax.
At this point I could have been done, but I really wanted to tone down the orange-y brown finish. So I waited another 24 hours, then I lightly brushed on the white wax. I used paper towel to gently rub some away if I got too much in one spot. This is what really took it up a notch for me, and got the finish much closer to the Target lamp look that I was going for!! Yay! Here are the results!
What do you think? Do you think it makes a pretty good knock-off?
If you decide to redo something using this technique I would love to see what you did!