I’ve been on the lookout for an old floor lamp for a while. Last week, I found two brass floor lamps on the side of the road and quickly loaded them into the back of my car. Score! The brass was discolored or worn off in many places so they were looking pretty tired. But I knew they had great potential. I started on one of the lamps right away because I already knew where it would live in my house.
This transformation took me no time at all! The longest part of it was waiting for the paint to dry. Here’s a quick look at what you need to do:
I began by sanding the entire lamp with a fine grit sanding sponge. Mainly I wanted to remove the places where the brass had bubbled so I would have a smooth surface. Next I took a damp cloth with a drop of dish washing detergent and wiped down the whole lamp to remove any dirt and sanding dust. Then I wiped the entire thing with a clean cloth.
Once dry, I sprayed the whole lamp with Valspar paint + primer in one. I allowed the lamp to dry for several hours (even though the can said it was OK to reapply after 5 minutes) because paint takes longer to dry on hot, summer days. On top of the primer, I applied 2 coats of Rust-Oleum semi-gloss white paint. I went back a third time to touch up because there were still a few places where the brass was showing through a bit.
Because this lamp was destined for our family room which has a coastal/nautical look to it, I wanted to give it a little extra something. After allowing the lamp to dry overnight (to be sure it was fully dry), I wound hemp twine around the top half of the lamp’s neck. I wound it tight and secured each end with a small knot and a dab of super glue.