Painting a Brass Lamp

I used to have two brass swing arm lamps at the headboard of the bed before the renovation.

In the old set-up we had wall-mounted swing-arm lamps near the bed.
In the old set-up we had wall-mounted swing-arm lamps near the bed.

They were very convenient because they took up no space on our bedside tables.

The Cottage laundry is dim in the daytime and dark at night.
The Cottage laundry is dim in the daytime and dark at night.

Now the Cottage needs some light back in the laundry area.

The ceiling fan in the Cottage.
The ceiling fan in the Cottage.

I said I could paint one of these lamps and asked for a color suggestion.  The response was “like the ceiling fan“.

The lamp was easy to paint.
The lamp was easy to paint.

Then I proceeded to spray multiple light coats of Metallic Charcoal paint — my go-to color.

The lamp is on the back wall of the Cottage between the refrigerator and wall cabinet.
The lamp is on the back wall of the Cottage between the refrigerator and wall cabinet.

My tenant decided where she would like to position the light.

An old lamp put back to work.
An old lamp put back to work.

The lamp adjustable to put light right where she needs it.

How are you feeling about bright brass lately?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Painting a Brass Lamp”

  1. I’m not a big brass fan. I love spray paint – it gives new life to so many things. That’s a great use for your old lamp.

  2. I like brass for lamps (although I think you improved yours) but I’m not a fan of brass coming back for fixtures and hardware. The 80s seem like yesterday and I’m not eager to return!

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