How-To: Refinish Older Lamps
Materials:Lamp (see Note); soft cloth; flat paintbrushes: 3⁄4-inchwide, 1⁄2-inch-wide; white acrylic primer; acrylic paints: Plaid's Apple Barrel "Satin Cream," Plaid's FolkArt "Metallic Champagne," Deco Art Dazzling Metallics "Oyster Pearl" and FolkArt "Metallic Pearl White"; clear acrylic spray sealer.
Note:Choose a lamp with an interesting shape and clean lines for the best effect.
1.Remove shade from lamp; wipe lamp thoroughly with soft cloth.
2.Using 3⁄4-inch brush and vertical strokes, apply a coat of primer to lamp base; let dry for two hours.
3.Using 1⁄2-inch brush and horizontal strokes, apply a light coat of Satin Cream paint to lamp base; let dry for two hours.
4.Using diagonal strokes, apply a light coat of Metallic Champagne paint, allowing previous color to show in some areas; let dry for two hours.
5.Using vertical strokes, apply a coat of Oyster Pearl paint; let dry for two hours.
6.Mix Oyster Pearl with Metallic Pearl White; use diagonal strokes to apply a coat of the mixed paint. Using light strokes, apply another layer of mixed paint in some areas to create mottled mother-of-pearl effect. Let dry for two hours.
7.Apply one or two light coats of spray sealer to entire lamp base; let dry for at least one hour before replacing shade.
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