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Monday, July 30, 2012

Painting Glass Lamps...Jonathon Adler Style!

Oh, how I love spray paint!
I have painted everything from picture frames to dressers to jewelry! 
Jonathon Adler lamps have been making my heart swoon...but the price tags make my stomach churn.



I love the glossy paint...swoon.
I love the curvy lines...swoon.
I love the crisp white...swoon.
The $345 price tag...gag.

The glass lamps in my living room started to speak to me. "Yes, we are dated. Yes, we have thing-a-ma-jig hangers. Yes, we have lost our shine." (Yes, this could describe me!) 
I know, I know...boring.

I had half a can of glossy white spray paint in my basement and decided to give my lamps a facelift! 
I had never painted glass before and feared a dripping, gooey mess. No matter...I pushed on.

My daughter got in on the action and cut off the thing-a-ma-jig hangers.
We taped off the cords and the toppers...


We nabbed some colorful frames and vacation seashells...


My lamps and I are feeling a bit less dated and a lot shinier! 
Jonathon Adler they are not...but they will do. (And, we can still buy groceries!)
Have you ever painted glass? Are my lamps going to become a peeling mess?

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http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/
http://tatertotsandjello.com/
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http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/
http://chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/
http://romantichome.blogspot.com/
http://www.atthepicketfence.com/
http://www.the36thavenue.com/
http://www.houseofhepworths.com/
http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/
http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/
http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com/
http://fadedcharmcottage.blogspot.com/
http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/
http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/
http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/
http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/

31 comments:

  1. These look SO great! You just spray painted right then and there? No special priming or anything?! Awesome! You rock my socks, Kerry!

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    1. Thank you, Beth! Yup, dusted off a month's worth of dust and started spraying!

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  2. Looks fabulous. I haven't been brave enough to try painting glass, but yours looks great. Fingers crossed it lasts. :)

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    1. Thank you! I just hope the paint sticks!

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  4. Those are pretty swanky. I'd be worried that they'd drip and glob everywhere but they look like they made it. I oncec took the blue wall paint I was using and painted some lamps and they came out great. Better than the walls, actually. I'm all about repainting lamps a million times to update!

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    1. Paint is a beautiful thing. My 9 year old daughter is a nervous Nelly and kept saying...."Oh, Mom. Are you sure about this??"

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  5. FABULOUS - talent shines through :-) and who knows there not $$$

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda! It's a cheap woman's Adler!

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  6. Wow...fabulous transformation! And I LOVE the addition of the frames and shells; makes me long for stretches of white sand and rolling waves. Off to dreamland I go~~~

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    1. I'm going to join you in dreamland! Thanks, Christy!

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  7. No can't say I have every painted glass or lamps, but yours look fantastic.

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  8. Shirley said:
    What if you painted them first with a primer? Paint and put on a lacquer? To much? Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Primer is for patient people...which, sadly, I am not.
      Thank you for popping by!

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  9. That can of spray paint...sure did do a great job on those lamps!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I call it my "paint store"! Whenever I am itchin' for change, I peek around at my leftover paint for inspiration!
      Thank you for hosting!

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  10. Thank you, Linda! They will have to do until I win the lottery and can afford JA lamps! (Maybe I should actually play the lottery if I want to win big?)

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  11. I love paint! Great job. I’d love for you to link up this (and any other ideas you’d like to share) at "One Creative Weekend" on OneCreativeMommy.com.

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  12. LOVE the new look!!! WOW!!! Totally changes the lamp!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  13. Hi Kerry! I love your "new" lamps! I am all about using whatever spray paint I can find in the utility room for a project. I will pass along that I have spray painted glass objects with white appliance spray paint (it is usually less than $5/can) and it has even stayed on when I forgot and left the objects out in the weather for weeks at a time. Thanks for expanding my decorating horizons to include the name "Jonathan Adler"...I want to be cool and "less dated" like you.

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    1. Appliance paint! Brilliant!
      Thank you, Miss Kitty!

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  14. I love it! The lamps look so modern now. Thank you for the inspiration. I had no idea you could spray paint glass!

    Have a great week!

    Angela

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    1. After posting this, someone suggested using appliance paint- even better! Thanks for popping by, Angela!

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  15. Love the finished lamps! Here is another idea for up-cycling glass lamps. I bought three glass lamps from the thrift store ($3.50 each) and took them apart. I sprayed the inside with Krylon mirror paint, then sprayed in a bit of rubbing alcohol to create a mercury glass effect. I also sprayed the bases silver, as they were shiny brass. I found $14 burlap shades at Lowe's. I kept one, gave one to my sister and sold one for $35 at a tag sale.

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    1. That sounds awesome! I love mercury glass!

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