Monday, August 25, 2014

Super Glossy Yellow Lamps + TN Living Room Sneak Peek

Did you have a good weekend? I hope so! Today I'm sharing a sneak peek of my Tennessee living room tour for the Blogger Styling Home Tour blog hop (I'm up Wednesday, but to follow from the beginning click here)

Recently, I've been obsessed with two things 1. bright yellow and 2. achieving a super glossy finish. So I decided to try both on a set of lamps recently found at the thrift store for $8 each. 

They had a weird faux brass / pinkish finish.

First a warning .. this was definitely not the easiest shape to achieve a glossy finish, simplicity is best, due to the amount of sanding.

To get started, I sanded it with medium grit synthetic steel wool. Then, I sanded it with a fine grit synthetic steel wool.

Then, I taped off the socket and cord. And placed old paper on the ground and a few extra pieces of wood to lift it off the ground. Make sure the area is dirt and dust free. I blew it off with the spray attachment on our air compressor.

I wiped it off with an old wash cloth (micro fiber would work too).  If you don't have a dust free paint booth, it's best to do a final wipe off where you'll be painting it right before you paint.

Then, I started painting. I used Zinsser Cover Stain since I had that on hand. (I've primarily used this on wood, but figured that it would work on metal too) I think BIN primer would have been a good option as well.

I gave it two light coats, letting it dry in between.

To get a super glossy finish, sanding is a MUST .. a lot of sanding, with small steps between grits using a fine grit to finish (i.e. 60 grit is rough, 600 grit is fine)

This isn't the only way to do it, but a fairly simple method that worked for me (sandpaper gets even finer 3,000 and up)

After the primer, I lightly sanded the entire surface with 320 grit.

This definitely isn't the easiest shape to sand .. something with less facets would have been much faster.

After removing all the primer dust with a cloth, gave it a coat of Liquitex, Cadmium Yellow Light 5. Here's my thoughts on it ..  I loved the wide range of colors, it didn't come out super fast, which helped control the paint and not waste it (I was able to cover both lamps with one can a good bit left over) Also, I wore a respirator .. but what I could smell, smelled like hairspray, so that was nicer than the typical spray paint smell. It didn't come out super smooth .. It sanded ok, but if you're looking for more color options, I'd recommend Montana Gold instead.

I gave it two coats, sanding it with 400 grit in between, once dry. After the last coat of yellow, I sanded it with 600 grit sandpaper.

After removing all the dust, I gave it a few glossy clear coats of Krylon Lacquer. I've used a few clear coats and this is by far my favorite. It doesn't run easily (a common problem with clear coats) and it gives a super glossy finish.

I did a fairly thin coat, constantly moving it in a circular motion, letting it dry a little in between coats (about 15 minutes) It doesn't have to look even on the first coat .. Then I applied more coats until it was evenly glossy. Using a spray paint grip helps give control and even coverage (I have this one) just make sure that the can is secure prior to painting (not all cans fit) ..

My original plan was to wet sand and buff the clear, so it was super glossy, but I was afraid it wouldn't work well since I didn't have a higher grit (around 2,000-3,000) sandpaper. In the end, the lacquer was very glossy, so I don't think it was necessary.

I love the bright saturated color!

They're currently on our Holly & Martin console table behind the sofa - love them paired with the bright coral x benches from Target.

Full reveal of our TN living room on Wednesday!!

p.s. Today I'm at Infarrantly Creative sharing our latest DIY project .. stop by and take a look!


  1. those are fabulous! i love the glossy finish!

  2. So timely as I've got some yellow in the works today as well. I love how the lamps turned out and your high gloss finish looks amazing! Can't wait to see your living room reveal.

  3. I love the yellow color, it looks fabulous. Great tutorial too.

  4. They look so great! Your patience is something I'm always envying!

  5. Ooooooh, love these! They totally hit my thirst for all things yellow at the moment :)

  6. It is amazing what a little brightly colored paint can do! Looks wonderful :) Also, thank you so much for the detailed (and phototastic) tutorial!

  7. The shape is so gorgeous even if it's kinda a pain to get the finish right. You nailed it of course!

  8. they look great.. your pictures are always perfect!!

  9. I have some lamps that need a face lift so this tutorial is going to come in handy this weekend!

  10. Even though it was a little harder to work with, I think the shape makes the lamps extra special. They look great!

  11. While using different glossy clear finishing coats, have you come across any of them crackling in some spots? I'm not sure why this keeps happening and I imagine it has to be user error, but I've spray painted 2 different types of surfaces (1 resin mirror, 2 wood frames) and primed then, color spray painted, and then finished with a semi-gloss clear coat, all while waiting a day in between coats to dry, and every time, in a few spots, the paint crackles. I've been using Rustoleum across the board. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong.

    1. My best guess is that you're putting the spray paint on in heavy coats.. If you're not already, do a few light coats, letting to dry about 15-30 minutes in between (depending on your paint, i.e. enamel takes longer to dry), you don't have to worry about even coverage each time, just keep applying in light coats until you get the coverage that you want. Hope this helps!


Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts! I love hearing what you think! :)

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