What do I do when I have searched and can’t find an inexpensive bedside lamp in my preferred color anywhere? I guess I could change my color choice, or spend a bit more money than I was planning, but neither one of those options worked for me. Instead, I found some simple black lamp bases at Target and spray painted them the color I wanted!
I have to admit, I was very tempted by some pretty fancy lamps in my search, but they also came with pretty fancy price tags. If you have been reading my articles for long, you know that I like to make things look awesome while spending as little as possible. And you may also know that I love what a huge impact a can of glossy spray paint can have on something that is boring, dated or in need of a little love. Instead of spending $50+ on each lamp, I found these for around $20 each.
They are the perfect size for our bedside tables, and the boxy shape of the shades help keep them from bumping the walls. But, as you can see from the ‘before’ picture, the black base just blends right in with the nightstand and looks a bit dull.
My hubby was a little sceptical when I told him I was going to paint the brand new lamp bases a yellow-orange color. He actually asked if I could leave his black! So I painted one of them just to show him how much better it could look. He was impressed enough with the pop of fun color that he conceded to his lamp being painted also (that was my plan all along).
I love how glossy and bright the bases are, and I am still contemplating whether or not to leave the shades as-is or to try something crazy with them, too. They are safe for now, but you never know when the shade altering impulse will strike!
Have you ever bought something new that you knew you were going to change right away? It can save you a lot of money if you are willing to put in a little time and effort.
I just taped off the top of the cord and put the rest of it in a baggie. I used blue painters tape and some plastic wrap on the top part of the lamp also. Then, I lightly sprayed the bases, following the drying time recommended between coats.
I probably sprayed about 10 coats, to give you an idea how lightly I sprayed. I have found that it works much better than accidently getting drips or uneven coverage from spraying too heavily.
Have you spray painted any lamps lately? Or maybe you decided it was worth it to spend a little more for that perfect color? Leave a comment and let me know what you’ve been up to!