Did you know that you can paint and upcycle more items in your home other than just furniture? Look around your house right now and I am sure you can find something that would look good with a little paint on it :-).
This is what my customer Patricia did! She sent me this picture of a table she wants to replace and lamp(s) she would like painted.
Like so many of my customers she is changing out her dark furniture to something more bright and airy. She saw this table on my “Furniture Available For Customization” page and thought it would be perfect in her space.
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She chose the color Lamp White for the table which is actually a very light gray.
This table is going in her living room and will hold a lamp on top of it.
Once she saw the lamp on the freshly painted table, she realized that her lamps looked outdated. She sent me a message and asked if I could paint the lamp bases for her and I told her no problem! She came over and she picked out a color to compliment her new table and the existing colors in her room, and we settled on Bedford, which is the perfect soft green.
We decided to leave the lampshades white but I wanted to point out, you can also paint the shades as well!
After analyzing her lamp bases, I determined that they are an acrylic resin, which falls into the 'plastics' category.
To paint plastic/resin, you will need to clean the surface first with Fusion TSP, give it a scuff sand with 220 sandpaper, then clean again. Next you will need to apply Bonding Agent (Ultra Grip) or a primer to help the Fusion or MMS Milk Paint adhere to the piece. In this case I chose to use a spray primer, I wanted to bring the color down to white because the lamp bases are so dark.
I could have used Bonding Agent if I wanted, but even though it looks milky in the container, it dries clear.
Once my primer was dry I scuff sanded with 400 grit sandpaper just to even out the primer. Now I am ready to paint with Fusion!
I sprayed 2 coats of Bedford on the lamp bases...
...and then followed up with 2 coats of polyurethane and it turned out AMAZING!
I couldn’t believe what an incredible transformation these lamps had to bring them up to date.
Doesn't the Lamp White table compliment the Bedford painted lamp?
We so often get rid of or donate things because they are outdated, but what if you knew that you could just add some paint and transform something old and dingy, to new and fresh?
It is such a radical concept in our modern day “throw it away” society, and I think we need to start being more aware of how we can upcycle items we already own.
You can literally paint anything: clothes, shoes...
countertops, tile floors etc.
The sky is the limit! I hope I've encouraged you today to find something in your home, or even something second hand, to paint and make your own. Click HERE to search Fusion colors, and HERE for MMS Milk Paint colors.
To watch the full video on how I painted these lamps you can watch the video below.
Don't hesitate to email or call if you have questions about painting something, or if you would like me to paint it for you!
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