I had a tall, vintage alabaster lamp in storage. I love alabaster lamps, but this one wasn't quite working for me! It had two wood sections- a carved curved piece at the top, and a pedestal base- that were painted a very dark golden color, which does not really go in my home.
Lately, I have seen many blogs which have spray painted lamps and chandeliers with lovely results, so thought maybe I would adapt that treatment. I didn't want to paint the alabaster, of course, but decided to paint the wood sections to match! My lamp was a creamy off-white with some great mustard tones and some black veining. I just used craft acrylic paints - an off-white, a dark mustard, and black, with a satin sealer. Using a foam brush, I started out with a coat of off-white over both sections- just a light cover coat to allow the dark gold underneath to come through as shadows.
I then mixed a little of the dark mustard (it is the paint on the far left in the pic) into the off-white and painted a light coat of that onto the lamp to get the color closer to the original alabaster.
Next I added another light layer of off-white so the mustard areas and shadowing still showed through.
Accents were next- more mustard in the seams and shadows, some black feathered veining- you can fix anything you don't like by stippling on some more off-white to soften it.
This paint dries quickly and I liked working while the paint was a little wet for easy blending when I wanted to. Once it was dry, I topped it off with a satin sealer, which gave it a soft surface glow which looked like the alabaster. The whole project took me about 45 minutes! I was happy with how it turned out and I have a new lamp for my home!
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