Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I Love (yellow) Lamp.

I've been on the search for the perfect yellow lamp to complete our guest bedroom for quite a while now. Everything I came across was too bright, too gold, too expensive.. you name it, I found something wrong with it. I finally gave up and decided I was going to solve this problem once and for all... I'd make my own! I did a little research on painting lamps (and other objects) and was happy to conclude that it actually seemed quite simple! Whether you're interested in a yellow lamp... or in the market for a different home decor object that you just cannot find in stores, here is some 'how-to-spray-paint' inspiration:

Step 1-
I purchased a simple, inexpensive lamp from Target in the shape I wanted.

 Step 2- 
I searched the aisles of Home Depot for the perfect shade of yellow spray paint. The staff were very helpful and let me try every shade until I made a decision! I settled on Painters' Touch Ultra Cover 2x spray paint in Warm Yellow. (Because the lamp base was made out of Resin, I had to make sure I chose a paint that worked with plastics. If trying this at home, make sure you know what material you will be painting!)

Step 3-
I covered anywhere I did not want painted with painter's tape we had around the house and was ready to paint!

Step 4-
I thoroughly shook the paint can for about 2 minutes and started spraying away, holding the can about 6 inches from the lamp base.  After the first coat, I let dry a few hours then did a 2nd coat. (Make sure you do this outside or in a well ventilated area!)  I brought inside after a few hours and let it finish drying overnight.

Step 5-
The next day after the lamp base was completely dry, I added the lampshade (also found at Target).

Total Cost of Project:
Lamp Base      $19.99
Lamp Shade    $16.99
Spray Paint       $3.87

Our guest room complete with the perfect yellow lamp ~ priceless!


  1. I love that lamp and the room! I always forget to use spray paint until I've been looking for an item for what seems like forever then I remember my trusted friend, spray paint!
    Thanks for the great reminder :)

  2. Thanks so much! Love your blog and appreciate the comment :)