Makeovers Shabby Paints

A faux copper lamp refresh

Taking a break from the never-ending deck… I had to get my paint on. I grabbed a super ugly lamp and went to town with Shabby Shimmers…

I started with a quick coat of Shabby Paints Marsala Wine chalk acrylic paint (you can see the start on the bottom of the “before” picture.

sxs copper lamp before

After the Marsala Wine dried, I used Shabby Shimmers in Copper Kettle with a VERY red and clean copper result. Not at all what I wanted (bottom half of the picture below). I knew I needed to dull it up, deepen it, and give it texture so I added Brown Bronze Shimmer with a stiff brush and a splotching motion leaving blobs all over (top half of the lady below):



sxs copper lamp steps 2:3

After I finished it looked like this:

sxs copper lamp step 3

I came back the next morning and it looked like this:

sxs copper lamp step 2

Soon much better! Now for the fun part. Patina and age! I grabbed some So Serene and brushed it all over:

sxs copper lamp paint wash

and then just started wiping it off with a dry t-shirt rag until I ended up with something that looks like this:

sxs copper lamp after

She’s so much happier…now I guess I should do the same for her friend…

sxs copper lamp brother

Doesn’t she just seem happier?

sxs copper lamp twins

I plugged her in and got sparks.. so I guess I need to pick up wiring quickly.

…but her before and after is pretty impressive:

sxs copper lamp before after

Sorry about the mess…. I’m overloaded. please forgive my messy workspace. I figured you’d rather see progress than nothing.



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  • Reply
    October 2, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    I love it, looks like oxidize copper! Very cool!

    • Reply
      October 2, 2015 at 7:33 PM

      Thanks so much Jocelyn! I had a lot of fun playing with it to make it work.

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