I’ve been around Pinterest long enough to know that you can spray paint just about anything. But it still took me a long time to take the spray paint plunge. A few weeks ago, in the midst of our home office makeover, I decided to spray paint my big crackle-painted wood ampersand, as well as a lamp for our bedroom.
I found a Valspar bright aqua (“Exotic Sea”) spray paint that I really liked and thought would pop in the office, and also might work well in our bedroom.
While I totally love the size and shape of this ampersand, I never liked the crackle finish. It reads too country for my house, and always got lost on my dark bookshelves.
We have two of these lamps from Ryan’s mom. They are too traditional for our house, but are in great shape so I thought I’d try and give them a makeover before deciding to buy new lamps.
The process of spray painting the ampersand was just about as straightforward as you might think. I…spray painted it.
The lamp required a little more work, taping off the hardware and cord so they wouldn’t get painted. Then I…spray painted it.
About halfway through the process, I was afraid it wasn’t going to work. It was totally blotchy and the sidewalk was starting to turn a pale blue color around the edges of my drop cloth. But it just took more coats than I expected. I didn’t want drips, so I used many thin coats, taking my time. I think it turned out so much better than if I tried to cover it in just one or two coats.
So much better! I love how it turned out and gives a fun, literary pop to our office. Taking the time to give it so many coats created a nice, smooth surface — you’d think I bought it this way.
We had already purchased new shades from IKEA and re-worked the hardware using this helpful tutorial from Dimples and Tangles.
I am happy with how this turned out, but I ended up not being thrilled with the color in our bedroom. I wanted to try some pops of blue, but I think they need to be a deeper teal instead of the bright aqua. It works for now, but I might end up putting this lamp in the guest bedroom and getting a different lamp in the bedroom. I may also fancy-up the shade, or add some bling to the base itself. We’ll see.
Or I’ll just makeover the entire bedroom to match the lamp. Who knows what I’ll do. I’m a DIYer and I’m crazy.
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