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.
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.
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.
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.
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!