Faux Real

I’m still changing things in the living room.  The triangle lamps I made just weren’t perfect in the room.  Quite honestly, they got knocked over a lot because the bases are very light weight.

Honed-Marble-End-Table-Top-Right-Side

I still love them, so they’re in our bedroom and out-of-the-way of little hands.  While dropping a few things off at the thrift store, I spotted this lamp for five bucks.

Ceramic-Lamp-Before-Faux-Zinc

Instantly loved the shape, but not the design.  If it were only leaves, I think it would have looked beautiful.  The flowers and orange were too much for my taste.  So, I changed it up, inspired by pretty zinc lamps like this:

And this Zinc lamp from A Place in the Garden:

Before I could start spraying, I taped off the socket, cord and wood base.

Faux-Zinc-Lamp-Taped-for-Spray-Paint

Then gave the lamp two coats of gray primer, holding it upside down for the second to get the undersides.

Faux-Zinc-Lamp-Sprayed-Gray

To create the aged effect, I diluted white craft paint with an equal amount of water.  Using a 1/2 inch craft brush, I applied the mixture to 4 inch sections all around the lamp.  Don’t go for even here and let it puddle and drip.

Faux-Zinc-Lamp-White-Wash

I followed up with a very crumpled, slightly damp paper towel.  Lightly blotting pulled off the extra, but I left enough to look worn.

Faux-Zinc-Lamp-White-Wash-Blotted

Here it is after it dried:

Faux-Zinc-Lamp-Finish-Dry

Liking the finish, I pulled the tape off and realized I didn’t want to keep the wooden base.  So I taped off the upper lamp and sprayed just the wood base gray.  After the faux finish, I had a zinc looking lamp that won’t tip over easily.

Faux-Zinc-Lamp-Overall

I also swapped the shade for a white drum I had for a sleeker look.

Faux-Zinc-Lamp-Finish

For added protection, I sprayed the lamp with three coats of clear matte.

Faux-Zinc-Lamp-Detail

For $5, I’m super happy with the look.  What do you think?  Have you tried a faux zinc finish?  Now to find the perfect floor lamp for the other side.

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18 thoughts on “Faux Real

  1. I was a little nervous about where you were headed with this one. I mean, I wouldn’t have looked twice at that “before” lamp in a thrift shop. But, WOW, I just love it all zinced up! Good job!

    1. Hi Domesticphilosophy!

      Sure, I think I’d follow the same process, but add several layers of good polyurethane. I prefer polycrylic. Basically you’d just need something that will hold up to wear and tear over the finish. I hope that helps, but I’m happy to answer questions. I’d love to see pictures if you do it!

      Thanks!
      Amanda

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