Alright, ladies! Grab a thrifted lamp, and let’s give it a five-star makeover! This technique is too good to gatekeep. I’ve been eying this Pottery Barn lamp, but no way I’m dropping $249. So… let’s dupe it! Keep scrolling to see how EASY it is to make this DIY Pottery Barn lamp.
I mean, come on: 😍
What You’ll Need:
- Thrifted lamp (I got mine on Facebook Marketplace)
- Plastic bags
- White spray paint
- Gold spray paint
- Painter‘s tape
- Paint color of choice*
- Baking soda
- Paint brush
*I used a paint sample of Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn mixed with black acrylic paint.
Step 1: Clean up your lamp. You’ll want a nice, clean surface for your paint to adhere to.
Step 2: Remove the lamp shade. Use your painter’s tape and plastic bags to cover the cord and top metal part of the lamp. We want to just have the base of the lamp exposed.
Step 3: No matter what your lamp color, I would suggest spray painting your base with a white paint + primer. This will give you a nice neutral canvas to paint your final color. (Depending on the existing color of your lamp, you may have to do this step twice.)
Step 4: This step is optional, but I wanted to pretty up the top metal part of my lamp to make it a true gold. Once your spray paint is completely dry, cover the base with a bag and painter’s tape along with the part your lightbulb goes into. (This is important! We don’t want to be painting the electrical switch, or else R.I.P. lamp.) You can see this step a bit better in my Instagram reel.
Step 5: Use the same white spray paint for the lamp shade. I covered the spokes in the middle simply by stuffing a plastic bag into the opening.
Step 6: Now comes the fun part! Pick any paint you want and add baking soda. Mix until it has a thick, sort of frosting-like consistency. To mimic the Pottery Barn Canyon lamp, I used a dark grey paint mixed with some black (or you could use straight up black). Paint the bottom of your lamp in random, alternating strokes. This will give you a more realistic ceramic effect.
It’s coming together!
Step 7: Let your lamp dry completely. If desired, lightly sand any rough areas or apply any touch-ups. Then, just reassemble your lampshade + you’re done!
I love how this DIY Pottery Barn lamp turned out and how easy it was. Not too shabby for $5! Let me know if you try this, and give me a follow on Instagram and Pinterest for more projects like these with video tutorials.
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