Lamp Update, before and after
Kristin Salazar portrait

Lamp Update

Easy Lamp Makeover

Kristin Salazar

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Our lamp was in need of a little update--with a fresh coat of paint and a new lamp shade we have a beautiful new lamp.

Behr Color Palette

This color is Opal Silk

Opal Silk


Painting lamp with Behr paint
Taping lamp to paint


Lamps and lighting can make or break a space. By updating an old lamp with a fresh coat of paint and a new lampshade, you can brighten up any space. Think of all the money you are saving by not jumping out and buying new.

If you are in need of a new accessory but are short on funds, shop craigslist, garage sales and other classifieds and then upcycle your find for a fresh new look!

Prior to painting the lamp, it was lost on top of our black nightstand. By updating the lamp with this fresh color, it really made it pop. With the combination of distressed wood floors, an elegant duvet and a freshly painted lamp, our bedroom is complete.

If you need a second coat, you can apply it the following day. This should only take approximately 20 minutes

Curing Time

Paint can take up to 21 days to be completely cured so keep that in mind before you start using it.

Visualize It

Lamp being painted with small brush

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You can either attach the old lampshade or you can further update the lamp with a brand new shade

Curing Time

First, take off the existing lamp shade and give the lamp a good wipe down with some warm soapy water. Tape over the cord and any hardware you won't be painting.

I gave it a very light sanding to make sure the paint would adhere well.

Apply the first coat of paint onto the lamp. I used the 2" angled paint brush for the majority of the lamp and a small artist brush for the details. Let it cure overnight.

Apply the second coat using the same process as before and let dry overnight. Step back and admire all your hard work!

The Big Reveal

Finished lamp on nightstand
Finished lamp on nightstand

If you need a second coat, you can apply it the following day. This should only take about 20 minutes. As a final touch, you can either attach the old lampshade, or you can further update the lamp with a brand-new shade.

Kristin Salazar portrait

Kristin Salazar

Hi, I'm Kristin, my husband and I have a huge love for DIY! We enjoy turning our little slice of suburbia into our dream home while remaining functional and practical. We hope to show you it is possible to create stylish and beautiful spaces fit for busy families on a small budget.