In my last post I shared about the DIY “chalk paint” that I use on all my projects.  Among the things I love about this paint (no priming required and one coat coverage, just to name a few) is that you can just as easily paint wood as plastic and metal.

One of my favorite things to paint (besides mirrors and frames) is old brass – lamps especially.  You may remember these that I did recently.  I scored the pair at a yard sale for $3 and totally transformed them with just a little peacock blue paint.

My friend liked them so much that she asked me to paint an old lamp she had sitting around.

Here it is before.

It’s your standard run-of-the-mill metal lamp.  It has good curves though, so we knew it would look cute with a fresh coat of paint.

First I cleaned the lamp with a Clorox wipe.  I generally use these on my wood projects as well.

Since I already had the paint mixed up ( I add Plaster of Paris to Behr’s paint and primer in one) I was ready to paint.  I did two coats because I wanted nice solid coverage. Unlike wood, which I can sometimes get away with doing only one coat, I find that metal usually looks better with two.

I allowed the paint to dry over night and then sanded it lightly with 600 grit paper.  Since the paint is kinda “chalky,” there is always a bit of white residue when you sand.  This wipes off and then disappears once you apply the wax. More on that later.

This is how the finish looked after sanding.

Once I wiped it clean, it was time to distress.  My friend wanted a little of the silver showing through, so I grabbed my 120 grit sandpaper and lightly hit the edges.  You need to use a very light hand when distressing metal, or you will chip off large pieces of the paint.

The silver shows through nicely on the curves of the lamp.

Next came my favorite part of the whole chalk paint process. The waxing.  I love to wax!

No, not that kind of waxing!  Get your mind out of the gutter.  You know I am prone to TMI, but do you really think I would announce that kind of thing on a blog?  Anyway…the wax.

Remember I told about Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint?  Well, even though I make my own paint rather than paying her $38 for a quart, I did spurge on her wax.  The wax is the finishing touch to the paint process.

The wax is clear and feels soft like margarine. You apply it with a large brush or cloth.

You can see how the wax evens out the color.  It seals it and gives it a smooth finish. Once the wax is dry, you buff it out with a lint-free cloth.  I usually use my husband’s old tee shirts.  God knows he had enough of them with yellow pits that I could commandeer.  Kinda sad, but it really says more about my laundry skills than his sweat production.

Here’s an up-close shot of the finish.

What a difference, huh?  I hope Shannan likes her lamp!

Do you have an old metal lamp or outdated mirror that needs restyling?  I hope this little tutorial will motivate you to give it a try. Or if you’re not willing to tackle it yourself, let me know.  I’d be happy to help!

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