Sewing our Sanity

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Spray painted glass lamp

Dear Monica,

Do you remember a year and a half ago, when I came to visit and we went thrifting?  And I bought a cut glass lamp?  Yes, it has been that long and the lamp has been sitting in my garage waiting for some TLC. Occasionally Sam will ask me if I am going to use it because it is taking up room on his work table.

Well, it finally got it.

Here it is before my lovely transformation.  I liked the shape of the lamp but not the cheapy plastic base.  

So I used this tutorial from Janell at House of Fifty.  I had painted some ceramic vases before (I think you have the same ones) and they turned out okay but didn't quite have the "professional" look.  

I taped up the cord and the socket and then sprayed the base with a white primer by Krylon.

Then I sprayed it with Krylon paint in a maroon to match our TV cabinet.  

You can't really tell in this picture but I had a lot of trouble with the red bubbling up.  But after a few more coats of red, they don't really show and after adding several coats of Krylon's clear protective spray they are hardly noticeable.

I am quite pleased with it and it adds a pop of color to the corner of our living room.  



  1. I have a lamp I need to do this with! need to decide on a color though....

    1. That was the hardest part. Too many choices. I really wanted to do it orange but it wouldn't have matched my house.

  2. I love that photo of Sam!

    1. Thanks Carole! I love it too. We really need to have it updated before he goes off active duty.

  3. i have 2 lamps i just bought at a thrift store that i want to do this to, they're made if glass and they're pink rite now but i want them to be a teal turqouise color!