Give your outdated lamps a face-lift with this easy guide

If you think that revamping your home interiors involves lot of spending, you’re not quite right. There are ways and means of acquiring new and fresh looking décor items without the worry of spending too much. Simple and small changes to a room can give your décor a whole new look. Revamping the lamps in a room, through DIY, is a great way to do this without breaking the bank.

For this particular project, a can of Rust-Oleum spray primer and Rust-Oleum 2X satin aqua and a little bit of raffia is all that you need to transform ho-hum table lamps.

If you’ve had the same lamps for more than a year or if your current lamps are not working well with the new style your introducing into your home, much like the ones shown in the above image, here’s how to make them seem brand new.

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Firstly, you’ll want to dull the surface of the lamps with 180-grit sandpaper, covered the sockets and cords with plastic bags and tape, and then spray paint them with Rust-Oleum spray primer.

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When the primer is completely dry, get some raffia and wet it slightly, then wring it out well. Do this so you can lay raffia completely flat against the surface of the lamp, and start wrapping it round the lamp.

If the crisscross kind of look we gave these lamps interests you,  you should alternate between wrapping it just around the middle, and wrapping it around the top and then under the bottom of the lamp.

When you get to the end of the raffia, carefully tuck it under one of the first strands that was pulled tightly so that the whole thing wouldn’t unravel.

Now you can get to work using Rust-Oleum 2X Satin Aqua.

To avoid spraying from a top angle, which could cause the paint to run down underneath the raffia, place your lamp on the ground so you can spray straight into the raffia (but if you could elevate your lamp it will make this part easier).

Try lightly spraying on two coats at first, and if you’re not happy with the colour density, feel free to add on more coats. We used just two paint coating on our lamps and they turned out perfectly.

When the paint is dry, peel off the raffia and place your lamps where-ever they’ll give needed light and some aesthetic allure.

If you think you’ve done a great job on your DIY project – send us a pic!

 

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