away for the weekend: rustication project - spray painting brass

Monday, December 10, 2012

rustication project - spray painting brass

If you have been following along from the beginning
you have a very good memory,
you might remember my mission to rustify  rusticate add a more rustic feel to Away.
I know - it's been a long time since I've even mentioned it.
It's just that somewhere along the way I discovered that most days I'd rather be outdoors exploring.
Last weekend was kind of rainy, drizzly, miserable...
so, today I'll be sharing one of my rustication (did you know that's a real word?) projects.

Whew , so anyway -
this lamp was left behind by the previous owners.

Normally I would like this lamp as it is - but it is definitely not rustic.
Sooooo - you can probably tell where I'm going with this.

Out to the garage...

I gave the brass a light sanding and a coat of spray primer,
then added several light coats of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.
Super easy project (not sure the fumes did much for my health, though).

I switched out the pleated shade with a burlap one.
And although I'm pretty sure I just ruined a nice brass lamp, I like it better like this.

And then, just for the fun of it - since I still had some paint in the can, and was getting a little trigger happy,
I painted this candle holder.

I don't remember what it used to look like, but at this point,
does it really matter?

I'm joining

Thanks for dropping in!


  1. it looks good! but that old sled stole the show for me!

  2. Karen.. thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet note, I love your blog!

  3. Wow, it looks great! Such a wonderful transformation. I really love it :)

  4. I agree with Tammy, a wonderful transformation indeed :)

  5. Love the transformation!

  6. I think you are so creative and I love the results!

  7. this looks great, what a wonderful transformation!!

  8. ooo, I love the lamp! I used to have a brass lamp that stood in the corner with a pucca (?) shell shade back in the 70's. I sold it in a garage sale. I wish I had it back. I could do this to it and LOVE it!

  9. What a great idea... I NEVER think of painting something! I should though...

  10. Ohhh lovin them both! lovin the sled & the wood chest, too!

    thank you for helping w/ the white balance advice... if i'd looked a lil further along in the book that night i would have found the section about white balance... i found it last night & i'm in the process of reading & learning more... since i have this new 'real' camera instead of my old point & shoot it's opening up a whole new world for me in photography. thanks again =)


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