Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

I have been noticing a lot of blue lamps pop up while searching for new decorating inspiration, and knew a DIY painting project was in the works!  I have hand painted ceramic lamps w/white wash before, but wanted to spray paint w/white wash this time around.  And I love how they turned out!  The softer blue gray color is so versatile and can fit in every decorating style.  So in 5 easy steps – you’ll just have to figure out what room your “new” lamps will go in!  Let’s get to it!  Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash).

I just finished my summer home decor/tour – using the blues + greens, so you can see how it all turned out! 

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  • If you want to see before and after pictures, scroll to the very end of the post.

 


Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

Supplies:

*FYI:  I did not use this method for this project – but you could also use White Wax instead of the white wash paint.  Check out the video on Amazon if you want to try it instead.

Let’s get to the 5 easy steps!  Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash).

 


Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

5 Steps:

  • Step #1:  Remove Harp, Then Tape/Wrap Cord & Socket
  • Step #2:  Prep Outside Area 
  • Step #3:  Prime & Spray Paint Lamps Blue (2 Coats)
  • Step #4:  White Wash Lamps
  • Step #5:  Seal with Clear Gloss Spray Paint

Let’s see what my lamps looked like before they were painted.

Before Picture.

  • And I still love these lamps!
  • I just wanted to go with more of a blue-gray color, rather than the spa blue color.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 


Spray Painting Lamps Blue 

Step #1:  Remove Harp, Then Tape/Wrap Cord & Socket 

The first thing you will want to before painting, is to clean and prep your lamps.

  • I removed the shades and harps, and then wiped down my lamps – just to get any dust or grime off.
  • Then I wrapped and taped off the metal sockets and cords.

This is what they looked like when I was done prepping.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 


Step #2:  Prep Outside Area 

Next, I laid out my plastic ground cover and secured it with leftover paint gallons.

Then I used some leftover wooden pieces to prop my lamps and finials on.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 


Step #3:  Prime & Spray Paint Lamps Blue (2 Coats)

Prime first.

  • So I totally messed up this part on my lamps – and wanted to make sure you did not – lol!
  • I highly recommend priming your lamps first.

I always buy the Rust- Oleum with primer built in.  And for some reason I didn’t notice that this particular blue didn’t have the 2x – with primer on the label – ugh!

  • But this is the soft blue gray color that I wanted – so it all worked out in the long run.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

After you prime, let your lamps dry for an hour.

Then it’s time to spray paint them with the Peaceful Blue.

  • In the picture below, the lamp and finial on the left are painted.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

And here is a closeup picture of the finials so you can see the color better.

I love this soft blue – it’s so tranquil.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

After you spray the first coat on, wait for an hour, then spray paint the 2nd coat.

Here is what they will look like after the 2 coats of blue spray paint.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

Now, you will let them dry overnight.

*** If you like the color as is (which is already beautiful), skip to step #4.

If you want to white wash your lamps, go to step #3.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 


White Wash

Before we begin, I just wanted to mention that this next step will slightly lighten the blue color of your lamps.  

If you want darker lamps, I’d use the French Blue Spray Paint (with white wash).

I couldn’t decide between the 2 of these at first, but ultimately wanted to go lighter. 

Here they are side-by-side so you can see the colors together.

  • Peaceful Blue – on left (lighter)
  • French Blue – on right (darker)

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 


Step #4:  White Wash Lamps

Now it’s time to white wash your lamps.

Remember that this white wash is oil-based and will not come off with soap and water.  So you might want to have some mineral spirits close by if you need it 😉

To Prep:

  • Put an old cardboard box down to protect your work space.
  • Use some of those same wooden blocks again to lift your lamps up.
  • Get some torn paper towel pieces ready to go, or rag ready as well (for wiping stain off).
  • Make sure to STIR your white wash stain until it’s all mixed as one solid color.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

Now you will get just a small amount of white wash wood stain onto your foam brush and cover a small section of your lamp.

If your lamp has grooves like mine, get in between those areas too.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

Then immediately wipe gently with your paper towels or rag.

TIP:  Do not wipe too aggressively – just nice and easy.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

Here is what the first section of my white washed area looked like.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

Then, just continue in small sections until you finish one entire lamp.

TIP:  If you accidentally wipe too much off, just put more paint on, and wipe it off again (until you like what it looks like).  

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

Woohoo!  One down, one to go!

Don’t forget your finials (if you have some).

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

Here is what mine looked like after they both were white washed.  

Let these dry overnight.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 


Step #5:  Seal with Clear Gloss Spray Paint

After your lamps dry overnight, it’s time to seal them with clear spray paint.

  • Spray them outside using the same method as your blue paint (one or 2 coats is fine).

Then let those dry for about 30 mins – 1 hour.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

YOU ARE DONE!  

Here they are after I pulled the tape/paper towels off.  And I love how they turned out!

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

Now, let’s see some before & after pics!


Before & After Pictures

I love the soft blue gray color.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

Here is a closeup pic so you can see the white wash better.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

And here are some pics with 3 stages together.

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

 

Of course you can’t have “new” lamps without some new shades – lol!!

Spray Painting Lamps Blue (+ White Wash)

Well I hope you found some inspiration and helpful tips to paint your own blue lamps!!

Have a Great Week!

Love & Hugs 🙂

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