Distressed Lamp DIY

Do you ever try a DIY and fail? I do…and I’m not even going to show you pictures of the failed attempt at painting a lamp with stone textured spray paint. It’s just not worth it!

Luckily, I tried that technique on a lamp that was old and an “extra” so I didn’t feel guilty getting rid of it. I did, however, want to try another painted lamp project on a good lamp. Except this time I used trusty old chalk paint and some antique wax!

I started with a silver lamp base, but I planned to use this lamp in our guest room and wanted more of a farmhouse/distressed look.

  1. Paint, using a chip brush, with chalk paint (color Linen by Amy Howard Home). No need to be careful with the brush strokes.
  2. I did a second coat using a stippling motion (using the same chip brush), and left a few areas with the original silver finish showing through. Let the paint dry well before the next step.
  3. Using a towel, I wiped on an antique wax (color Espresso). I wasn’t very careful with this step. I wanted it to look aged and distressed.
  4. Let the wax “set” slightly then wipe down to buff and remove any excess wax.

Stippling the paint on the lamp base added extra texture, and gives it even MORE of an aged look…which I love.

It might not be the original idea (with the stone/concrete look lamp base), but for this style of lamp I think the subtle texture and antique wax works best. More importantly, it works in the space and gives it a little update. Even better? I had all of these items on hand so it cost $0!!!

If you try this DIY, share a picture and tag me on instagram @riveroakhome – I’d love to see your creation!

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